Water Polo Finishes Fourth at Northern Division Championship

Oct. 30, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Following an emotional victory over Iona on Saturday morning which earned them a spot in the Eastern Championship for just the third time in program history, the Engineers dropped their final two matches of the Northern Division Championship at Harvard University over the weekend to finish in fourth place.

Tech fell to No. 9 ranked St. Francis College, 27-6, on Saturday night, before dropping a decision to host Harvard, 11-8, on Sunday morning.

Though the two losses left the Cardinal and Gray with a fourth place finish at Northerns, the weekend overall was a success.

"With such a young team, the goal was to win that first game over Iona, and we did that," said head coach Felix Mercado. "While I would've loved to have beaten Harvard, we are satisfied. This team has shown a lot of character this year and we have two more weeks and three more games to play to finish strong," he added.

Leading the way offensively in the two losses was senior Kevin Amendt, who tallied four goals. Sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein pitched in with three goals, while Mark Artz, Devin Lewis and Oliver Venn all added two apiece. Palmer Rosemond and David Dryjanski rounded out the scoring with one strike each.

Freshman goalkeeper Nick Souza made 12 stops against Harvard, propelling himself over the 200 save barrier for the season. With his 205 saves, Souza becomes only the fourth player in MIT water polo history to notch 200 stops in a single season.

Junior Rob Truax and Freshman Nate Lachenmyer split time in net against St. Francis College, each making three saves.

Tech now has two weeks to prepare itself for the Eastern Championship, which will be hosted by Princeton University on the weekend of Nov. 11-12.