CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of an enthusiastic crown, in the final regular season home game of the season, the MIT water polo team pulled away from visiting Harvard University for a 10-6 win in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division action Friday night. The Engineers outscored the visiting Crimson, 6-2 over the middle two periods, as they improve to 8-6 and conclude their Northern Division regular season slate with a 5-2 ledger.
After opening up a 2-1 advantage after the first eight minutes of the game, Tech began its run with a pair of quick scores early in the second quarter and would take a 5-2 lead into halftime. Craig Cheney scored early in the third to put the Cardinal and Gray up 6-2. Harvard would then convert a five-meter shot to pull back within three but the Engineers struck back with two more quick tallies to gain a comfortable five-goal advantage entering the final frame.
The Crimson narrowed the gap once more in midway through the fourth quarter but MIT senior John Preis, playing in his final regular season home contest, scored with just over three minutes to go to put the game out of reach.
Andrew Dorne and Brian Gardiner led the way for MIT with three goals apiece. Gardiner also added two assists and steals. Preis scored twice and had three steals. Matthew Perkins and Cheney also found the scoring column for the Cardinal and Gray.
Columbus Leonard limited Harvard to just six goals while making 10 saves, including a number of spectacular stops late in the game to seal the victory.
With its 5-2 mark in league play, MIT has earned the third seed in next month's CWPA Northern Division Championship, which will be held at MIT on November 6 and 7.
Tech will compete in the Division III Eastern Championship this weekend at Connecticut College. The Engineers will open up against Penn State-Behrend on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before taking on Johns Hopkins at 4:00 p.m. The tournament wraps up on Sunday.