Oct. 13, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's water polo squad began Thursday night with a small ceremony to celebrate the careers of its seniors who were playing their final match in the Zesiger Center pool, but it was Brown which was celebrating at the end of the night after coming away with an 11-5 victory. The loss concludes the Engineers' regular season, leaving the young team with an 8-14 overall record and a 3-4 mark in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division.
The Bears (11-6, 2-0) pounced on Tech early, scoring the first six goals of the game to put the Cardinal and Gray in a hole that they couldn't escape.
The Engineers certainly didn't give in despite the early deficit, however, playing Brown even at five goals apiece through the final three quarters. Freshman Mark Artz led the way for MIT, tallying three goals to bring his total to 29 on the season. Sophomore Palmer Rosemond and senior David Dryjanski provided the rest of Tech's offensive output, each recording one goal.
MIT had a number of other scoring opportunities, but a suffocating Brown defense kept the Engineers at bay.
"Brown was all over us from the start and we couldn't score goals," said head coach Felix Mercado. "I felt that every time we got a good shot off it was blocked and they countered us off of it. We were chasing them all game," he added.
Nick Souza and Rob Truax each played a half in net for Tech, with each recording four saves. Kent Holland made eight stops for Brown in earning the victory.
The Engineers have a week to recuperate before heading to Erie, Pa. for the Division III Eastern Championship on Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22.