Water Polo Finishes Day 1 of Eastern Championships with Record of 2-0

Senior Scott Stephens
Senior Scott Stephens

BALTIMORE, Md. - MIT water polo traveled to Maryland over the weekend for the Division III Eastern Championships, that is taking place at Johns Hopkins University from Saturday through Sunday, Oct. 19-20. On the opening day of the Championships, the Engineers defeated Penn State Behrend by a score of 23-4 before defeating Washington & Jefferson later that same day by a score of 22-18.

In the first game of the day, 11 different Engineers contributed to the final score. MIT was led by junior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) and senior Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), who both scored four goals apiece, while classmate Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) led the team with his four assists, six steals, one ejection drawn, two goals and three goal attempts.

Tech took the lead right from the beginning and, by the end of the first eight minute period, were ahead by a score of 7-1. Sophomores Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) both scored two goals during the first quarter.

MIT played well in the second and, although it only added three goals to the score, it did not allow a single goal and went into the third quarter with a score of 10-1. Farid scored three goals, Cheney notched two, and senior Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) and sophomore Joe Kusters (Coronado, Calif.) tallied one each to add an additional seven goals, while allowing just two goals. In the final quarter, MIT scored six goals compared to Penn State's one and the game ended with a score of 23-4.

That night, the Engineers had more of a challenge against Washington & Jefferson. They never surrendered the lead but had to fight the entire time to stay on top. Tasman led MIT with his five goals and Cheney was right behind with his four. Cheney, once again, had impressive stats, notching six steals, two ejections drawn, four assists and two goal attempts.

The score was tied at 6-6 heading into the second period but MIT was able to pull away going into the third quarter, scoring six goals and only allowing four to take the score to 13-9.

Tech scored three goals in the third period but pulled it together for the final eight minutes to score five goals to solidify the win, with Tasman scoring three of his five goals during that time and junior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and freshman Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) scoring once each. The game ended with an MIT victory.

Freshmen keepers Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) and Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) took turns tending the net, with Kruse making nine blocks and registering three steals, while Zaun had two steals and a block.

The Cardinal and Gray will open the second day of competition against Connecticut College at 10:15 a.m. and will either face Washington & Jefferson again or host Johns Hopkins to conclude the Championships.