BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The MIT water polo team hit the road for three games over the weekend and came away with a pair of victories over Connecticut College and Queens College, before losing to St. Francis (N.Y.) in the final game of the weekend. The Engineers downed Connecticut College, 16-6, and Queens, 15-14, to improve their overall record to 7-6 and are now 4-2 in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division play.
MIT jumped out to an early lead on Friday night at Connecticut College, scoring the game's first eight goals, before emptying the bench in the 16-6 win. John Preis led the way with four goals and three steals. Matthew Perkins had three scores and three ejections drawn in addition to an assist and a steal. Nikola Otasevic and Brian Gardiner found the back of the net twice while Otasevic added four helpers. Three Tech goalkeepers saw time in the game, as Columbus Leonard made a pair of stops in the first quarter. Kevin Hsiue played two quarters, allowing three goals and making four saves. Michael Basara closed out the game with two saves.
The Engineers and Queens College hooked up for a wild shootout on Saturday afternoon, in a game that saw 28 ejections called between the two teams. MIT never trailed in the second half but Queens tied things at 13 in the fourth quarter before Tech scored a pair of goals to seal the win in the high-scoring affair. Craig Cheney had a game-high six tallies while Preis scored three times and drew three ejections. Gardiner and Scott Stephens each found the back of the net twice and had a combined eight assists. Leonard played the entire game in net, making a program record 21 saves.
Looking to avenge a heart-breaking, 12-11 double overtime loss from earlier in the season, the Cardinal and Gray took on St. Francis College in its second game on Saturday. The Engineers were unable to complete the weekend sweep, falling to the Terriers, 16-7. MIT now stands in third place in the CWPA Northern Division at 4-2 in league play.
Tech will take on Harvard University in its final CWPA contest next Friday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Zesiger Center pool before traveling back to Connecticut College for the Division III Eastern Championship on Saturday and Sunday.