Water Polo Defeats Conn. College but Falls to Hopkins in Championship Final

Senior Craig Cheney
Senior Craig Cheney

BALTIMORE, Md. - On the second day of the Division III Eastern Championships on Sunday, #2 seed MIT water polo team defeated Connecticut College by a score of 19-5 before falling to #1 seed and host Johns Hopkins later that day in the Championship final, 13-8. Yesterday, the Engineers won against Penn State Behrend, 23-4, and Washington & Jefferson, 22-18. For the second year in a row, Tech finished in second place behind the Blue Jays and ahead of Washington & Jefferson in third. MIT is now 9-11 on the season.

For their impressive performances in the pool this weekend, senior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) were named to the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III All-Tournament First Team. Sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and freshman keeper Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) were selected to the Second Team.

In the first game of the day against Conn. College, Cheney, once again, led the Engineers, with his four goals, five steals, two assists and one ejection drawn. Junior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) was close behind with his three goals scored in the third period, three shots, two ejections drawn and one assist. Kruse and fellow freshman Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach Calif.) split their time in net, with Kruse registering three blocks and two steals and Zaun tallying four blocks.

MIT took a 4-1 lead over the Camels heading into the second period, which was one of the Engineers' strongest, as they scored five goals and allowed zero. Tech did not allow another goal until more than halfway through the third period, during which the Cardinal and Gray scored an additional seven goals. With just two goals in the final quarter, scored by freshman Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and sophomore Joe Kusters (Coronado, Calif.), the game ended with an MIT victory.

In the Championship Final, Johns Hopkins led from the beginning, scoring three goals in the first period to MIT's zero. Sophomore Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) got MIT on the board 20 seconds into the second period and the Engineers went into the third period trailing slightly by a score of 7-4 following goals by Tasman and juniors Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.) and Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.).

Tech was held to just four goals in the final two quarters , with Rogers and Cheney scoring two apiece, but did a rather good job defensively and held the Blue Jays to just six goals themselves. Johns Hopkins scored four goals in the final four minutes and the clock ran out before MIT was able to respond.

The Engineers will have just over a week off from competition, returning to the pool to host Fordham University and St. Francis College on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Iona College on Sunday, Nov. 3.