Oct. 9, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT split its pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division matches this past weekend, defeating Fordham, 9-5, before falling to Iona, 14-6. The matches marked the Engineers' last road trip of the regular season.
Tech (8-13, 3-4) opened on Sunday by avenging an earlier season loss to Fordham (6-7-1, 1-2) by defeating the Rams, 9-5. The Engineers' offense was spread out, to say the least, as they received goals from eight different players. Sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein led the charge with two goals, while seniors Kevin Amendt and Oliver Venn, junior Morgan Laidlaw, sophomore Palmer Rosemond, and freshmen Devin Lewis, Rob Kalwarowsky and Mark Artz all contributed a goal apiece. Lewis' goal put him at 30 for the year to lead the team.
The Cardinal and Gray was lauded by head coach Felix Mercado for its spectacular team defense, with Laidlaw and Amendt leading the way. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Souza provided a stellar backbone, making 13 saves and three steals. With the 13 saves, Souza pushed himself over the 150 save barrier for the season.
Following their match with Fordham in the Bronx, the Engineers quickly had to make their way over to New Rochelle to take on Iona, and unfortunately they had to do so without the services of their second leading scorer, Smith Bronstein. The Mercer Island, Wash. native was forced to leave the first match in the 3rd quarter after a Fordham elbow opened a gash above his eye.
Tech, with little to no rest and absent one of its top players, got off to a sluggish start against the Gaels. Iona (6-9, 4-0) used a quick-striking offense to take advantage of the weary MIT squad, putting the game away early on its way to an eventual 14-6 victory. Artz was the Engineers' top scorer, picking up two goals, while Kalwarowsky, Lewis, Laidlaw and Venn all got on the score sheet as well.
Souza continued his solid play in net, tallying six saves before making way for junior Rob Truax, who had seven stops.
"The Fordham game was a tough physical game that proved that our younger guys are maturing and are becoming mentally tough," said Mercado. "I also knew that going into the Iona game without our top shooter, Smith Bronstein, and playing in a small shallow/deep pool was going to be tough. Iona was very solid," he added.
Tech concludes its regular season schedule on Thursday, Oct. 12, when it welcomes Brown University at 8:00 p.m.