MIT Comes Up Short Twice At Northerns

Oct. 30, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The water polo team saw their season come to an abrupt stop on Saturday after two heartbreaking losses to Iona College and Queens College. MIT first lost a triple overtime thriller to Iona, 12-11, before Queens College edged the Engineers 13-11. Senior 2 meter man John Rogers paced MIT with eight of the team's 23 goals in the pair of losses. Brown University and St. Francis College won both of their contests and advanced to the Northern Championship.

Heading into Northerns, MIT head coach Felix Mercado expected the turnover ratio to be a crucial part of the team's success. Mercado was right, as the Engineers were sloppy with ball possession and had several mental lapses on defense leading to the pair of losses. MIT had previously beaten Iona 10-9 and Queens 20-8 this season, but MIT could not get the job done on Saturday.

In the losing effort, senior John Rogers tallied eight of MIT's 23 goals in the two games. Senior Grady Snyder also played well for the Engineers, chipping in four goals.

Northerns continue today at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center. MIT will play Fordham for seventh place. Brown University is set to face St. Francis College in the championship game at 2:00 p.m.