Water Polo Loses to Iona but Defeats Fordham

Freshman Zach Nelson
Freshman Zach Nelson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's water polo team lost to Iona College, 13-10 but defeated Fordham University, 9-6 at home on Saturday after being edged out by Harvard the night before (13-12). Sophomore Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) and junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) totaled five goals each for the entire day. The Engineers' record is now 4-6 for the season.

With only two goals for MIT in the first 16 minutes by freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and senior Brendan Deveney (Sherwood, Conn.) against Iona, the second period ended with Iona ahead, 7-2, forcing the Engineers to play catch up for the rest of the game. In just over 10 minutes, Hallman had scored four goals, and freshmen Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.) had both scored two, keeping Iona in sight. The late rally was not enough to catch up, however, and MIT fell to the Gaels, 13-10.

In the second game of the day against Fordham, the score was tied at 2-2 at the end of the second period after goals by Tasman and Cheney. The Engineers were able to pull ahead in the third period after Hallman scored one and Cheney tallied two more, while the Rams only scored once. MIT wrapped up the game with yet another pair of goals by Cheney, one from junior Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) and a final one by freshman Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.), ending the game with a win for the Cardinal and Gray, 9-6.

MIT will return to action when they travel to Bucknell University for the Bison Invite on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30, where they will face Bucknell, Toronto, Notre Dame College and Villanova.