CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT water polo team won a pair of games over the weekend to secure a third-place finish at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship hosted by Harvard. The Cardinal and Grey downed the host Crimson, 7-5, in the opening round and followed that up with a win over Iona in the third-place contest on Sunday. Tech's lone loss was an 8-6 setback at the hands of eventual division champion, Brown.
MIT entered the tournament as the no. five seed and took on the fourth-seeded Crimson. Matt Chapa and Devin Lewis each tallied three goals and Columbus Leonard made seven saves to seal the win and advance to the winner's bracket for the rest of the weekend.
Later on Saturday, the Engineers squared off against Brown for the fourth time in their 2009 campaign. Just as in the previous three matchups, MIT battled to a hard-fought and closely contested loss. Three of the teams' contests have now been decided by two goals or less. Mark Artz had a team-high three scores while Lewis added a pair of markers. Leonard made eight saves in the losing effort.
With a win over Iona College on Sunday, MIT could clinch third place in the division along with the no. three seed in the CWPA Eastern Championship. Behind another solid effort in net from Leonard, along with four goals from John Preis and three more from Lewis, the Cardinal and Grey earned the 10-8 win. Artz, Rob Kalwarowsky and Nikola Otasevic also scored for the Cardinal and Grey.
The Engineers will now advance to the Eastern Championship for the third time in the last four years. The tournament, which will be hosted by MIT, begins on Friday, November 20. As the Northern Division's no. three seed, Tech will take on the second seed from the Southern Division on Friday at 4:00 p.m.