MIT Water Polo Defeats Iona on the Road by a Score of 12-10

Junior Kale Rogers
Junior Kale Rogers

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - After having played games at Brown University for two consecutive weekends, the MIT water polo team switched things up a bit, traveling to New York to face Iona College on Saturday afternoon. Tech wrapped up the day with a 12-10 victory over the Gaels, taking its record to 3-5 for the season. MIT and Iona faced each other twice during the 2012 season, splitting the results and winning one game apiece. Seven different Engineers scored goals during Saturday's game.

Sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) put MIT on the board just a minute into the first quarter. He went on to score two more goals throughout the game, one in the second and one in the third period. By the end of the first eight minute period, however, the Engineers were behind by a score of 2-1.

MIT soon took over the lead, scoring five goals in the second period compared to Iona's two. Senior Andrew Dorne (Irvine Calif.) tied the score up with a goal just 40 seconds into the period, and MIT was able to take the lead following goals by classmate Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and Rogers. With goals by sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.), the Engineers went into the third period with a 6-4 lead.

Junior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.), Tasman and Rogers tallied goals in the third quarter and, with four goals by the Gaels,, the score was tied at 9-9 going into the fourth and final period. With three goals scored by Tasman, Dorne and Cheney within the first three minutes, MIT was able to take the lead and hold it for the remainder of the game. The game ended with an Engineers' victory of 12-10.

Junior Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.) made his debut in net, tending the goal for the entirety of the first and third periods. He allowed seven goals and tallied eight saves and a steal. Freshman Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) was in net for the second and fourth quarters, allowing only three goals and making eight saves, while notching one assist.

MIT will hit the road again tomorrow, facing Fordham University at 10:00 a.m. before traveling down the road to play St. Francis College (N.Y.) at 4:00 p.m.