Second Half Rally Carries Brown Past MIT

Oct. 31, 2008

NORTON, Mass. – Despite a solid first half effort, the MIT men’s water polo team was unable to keep up with nationally-ranked No. 17 Brown University, eventually falling, 15-10 in a game played at Wheaton College on Thursday night. The Engineers trailed by just one at the half, but the Bears, propelled by 10 second-half goals, pulled away for the victory. With the loss MIT falls to 7-12 on the season. Brown improves to 14-9 and has won three straight.

The Tech defense stood tall in the first half, holding a team that ranks 10th in the nation in scoring, with 10.55 goals per game, to just five first half points. However, the Bears’ offense proved to be too much to handle, outscoring the Engineers, 10-6, in the final two periods for the win. For the game, freshman goalkeeper Columbus Leonard made nine saves while allowing 15 goals. John Preis led the attack for MIT with five tallies. Devin Lewis found the back of the net twice and three other players, Brian Gardiner, Palmer Rosemond and Mike Smith-Bronstein, contributed goals.

The Engineers will host the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division championship next Saturday and Sunday, November 8 and 9. Brown will also take part in the tournament next weekend.