November 2, 2004

MIT Water Polo Qualifies For Eastern Championships

Oct. 31, 2004

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - MIT defeated Iona College, 12-5, and earned its second consecutive bid to the Eastern Water Polo Championships. At Easterns, the Engineers will be among the other top water polo teams on the east coast, as each team vies for a spot in the National Championship.

When the Engineers showed up at Brown University for Northerns, they were aware that if they beat Iona College in the quarterfinals they would qualify for Easterns. During the regular season MIT and Iona had split two games. MIT came out strong and enjoyed a 5-3 lead at the half. Tech pulled away in the second for the 12-5 victory. The Engineers were led by junior John Rogers, who scored five goals. Seniors Bruce DiBello, Dan Jacobs, and Dave Lohrey added two goals a piece, with sophomore Kevin Amendt adding one tally. Danny Malconian made 11 saves to pace the defense.

In the semifinal at Northerns, MIT opened sluggish and St Francis College, the No. 8 ranked team in the country for Division I, came out and blitzed the engineers with a 13-3 victory. In the defeat Dan Jacobs scored two goals and David Dryjanski added another finish. Danny Malconian grabbed seven saves.

In the third-place game, MIT fell to the host Brown Bears, 11-7.

"After we beat Iona to qualify for Easterns, I think we forgot that we still had two more games to play" said Coach Felix Mercado. "Its disappointing we didn't put up more of a fight versus St Francis and Brown."

In the game against Brown, Dave Lohrey and John Rogers each scored two goals and David Dryjanski, Andrew Whitehead, and Grady Synder each added a score. Danny Malconian secured five saves and three steals.

"We came out ready to play hard, but not play smart this weekend" added head Coach Omar Amr. "If they want to do something at Easterns they have to play with not only heart, but with brains."

The Engineers begin their quest for a national title against Princeton University next week in Lewisburg, Pa.