MIT Uses Potent Power-Play to Sink Iona, 14-9

Oct. 14, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's sixth-ranked water polo team took advantage of a number of second-half power-play opportunities en route to a 14-9 victory over visiting Iona College on Sunday afternoon in the Zesiger Pool. Sophomore Rob Kalwarowsky's workman-like effort down low helped draw four ejections to lead to many of the Engineers' man-advantage chances, while fellow sophomore Devin Lewis' four goals led all scorers.

The Cardinal and Gray improved to 10-10 with the win, while the Gaels fell to 9-13. Both teams are members of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with the squads trading goals for the entirety of the opening 16 minutes. The Engineers held a slight 3-2 advantage after the first quarter, but by the halftime break, Iona had knotted the score at six.

It was a different story beginning in the third period, however, as MIT began earning - and taking advantage of - a number of power-play opportunities. In addition to Kalwarowsky's four, Lewis and freshman Matt Perkins each drew two ejections to aid the Engineers' cause. The hosts took a 10-8 lead into the fourth quarter before pulling away for the eventual 14-9 victory.

Freshman John Preis continued to impress in his incredible rookie season by netting three goals, while Kalwarowsky and Mike Smith-Bronstein added two apiece. Senior Morgan Laidlaw, junior Palmer Rosemond and sophomore Mark Artz each added a single tally to round out the scoring.

Also key to the Cardinal and Gray's efforts were Artz's three assists and Smith-Bronstein's two steals.

Sophomore Nick Souza manned the nets once again for MIT, stopping five shots and contributing three steals.

The Engineers will return to action next Sunday, Oct. 21, when they will travel to Connecticut College at 1:00 p.m. Iona's next match will also be on the road, at Fordham University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m.