October 29, 2006

Tech Downs Iona, 12-11, to Advance to Eastern Championship

Oct. 29, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For only the third time in program history, the MIT men's water polo team advanced to the Eastern Championship by virtue of a 12-11 victory over Iona on Saturday morning. The match was the opening game of the Northern Division Championship hosted by Harvard University.

The Eastern Championship will be hosted by Princeton University and will take place on the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

Tech never trailed in the game, but did have to settle its nerves after conceding a three goal lead late in third quarter. However, the resilient young squad pulled together long enough to hold out for the essential victory.

Leading the way offensively was freshman Devin Lewis, who tallied four goals, including three in the fourth quarter. With the four goal output, Lewis became the Engineers' first 40 goal-scorer of the season. Sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein returned to scoring form, netting three of his own to push his season tally to 34. Kevin Amendt pitched in two goals in addition to stellar defensive play, while Morgan Laidlaw, Palmer Rosemond and Mark Artz picked up a goal apiece.

Freshman keeper Nick Souza was solid in net, making 10 stops to push his total for the season to 193.

"We were patient on offense and relentless on defense," said head coach Felix Mercado. "We continued playing well after last week. I could not be more proud of this team and their effort," he added.

MIT continues Northern Division Championship action on Sunday, Oct. 29, before taking two weeks off to prepare for the Eastern Championship.