Water Polo Defeats Conn. College and Falls to Brown at Home Opener

Freshman Nolan Kruse
Freshman Nolan Kruse

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At its first home games of the season on Saturday afternoon, the MIT water polo team wrapped up the day with a record of 1-1 after falling to Brown University by a score of 15-9 and winning against Connecticut College by a score of 23-3. Sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) led the Engineers with his seven goals throughout both games, all but one of which was scored against Conn. College. Tech is now 4-8 for the season.

In the first game against Brown, senior Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) got the game started on a good note with a goal just 30 seconds into the first period. With goals by classmate Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) following soon after, the Engineers ended the first quarter trailing slightly behind the Bears by a score of 4-3. Brown only allowed one goal during the second period by freshman Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.), leaving the score at 7-4 going into the third quarter.

The Engineers' best period was the third, where they scored four goals, with sophomore Matthew Orton (Orlando, Fla.) scoring two of them, one just 20 seconds into the period and then another with 20 seconds left on the clock. Cheney and junior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) were behind the other two. The final quarter began with a score of 13-8 in Brown's favor but, with Tasman being the lone Engineer to score, the game ended with a Bears' victory of 14-9.

In the second game against Connecticut College, every single MIT player saw action at one point or another, doing a fantastic job at keeping the Camels away from its net the entire time. By the end of the first quarter, the Engineers were already ahead with a score of 8-1, with two goals being scored by both Tasman and Dorne. During the second quarter, MIT did not allow a single goal and was held to just two itself, both scored by Hallman.

The third and fourth quarters were Tech's strongest, scoring 13 goals total and allowing just two. Tasman scored four goals throughout that time, while freshman Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored twice and senior Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), classmate Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) and Dorne each scored once.

Against Brown, freshman Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) was in the net for the entire game, making 14 blocks and allowing 15 goals. In the game against Conn. College, junior Spencer Boone (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) tended the net for the first two quarters, allowing only one goal and making four blocks and notching a steal. Freshman Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) took over for the remaining two quarters, allowing just two goals, making three blocks and tallying three steals and an assist.

MIT wastes no time before returning to the pool, but this time traveling down the road to face Harvard. The faceoff will begin tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.