Water Polo Ends CWPA Northern Division Champs in Fourth Place

Sophomore Kale Rogers
Sophomore Kale Rogers

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's water polo team narrowly fell to Brown University, 10-9, on the second day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championships at Harvard University on Sunday morning. After defeating Iona College, 11-10, and falling to host Harvard, 9-6, the Engineers wrapped up the weekend in fourth place with a record of 1-2 and are currently 12-14 on the season.

Sophomores Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) both scored three goals apiece to lead the Engineers. Rogers also added two ejections drawn and two assists, while Tasman took seven shots, had two ejections drawn, two steals and an assist. Though he did not score any goals this game, freshman Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) racked up three steals, three assists and four shots. In net, classmate Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) totaled seven blocks and four steals, while allowing 10 goals.

With just one goal scored in the first quarter by Rogers, MIT trailed 3-1 going into the second. Five minutes into the second quarter, Rogers was at it again, scoring his second of the game to lessen Brown's lead to 3-2. Matt Gallas gave the advantage back to the Bears a few minutes later, but Tasman scored his first goal of the game with two minutes left on the clock to take the score to 4-3 heading into the third period.

After junior Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.) tied the score at four a minute and a half into the third period, MIT took its first lead a minute later with a goal by classmate Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.), but Brown scored another goal 30 seconds later to, once again, tie the score. With two goals by Tasman and two more from the Bears, the score remained locked at seven heading into the final period.

The Bears took a two-goal lead with less than four minutes remaining on the clock, but goals by Rogers and freshman Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) managed to tie the score at nine with a minute and half left. A turnover led to a Brown goal 10 seconds later and the Bears were able to hold off the Engineers for the last few seconds to preserve their 10-9 victory.

MIT will close its 2013 campaign in two weeks, traveling to Brown for the fourth and final time this season for the CWPA Championships, which will take place from Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24.