No. 5 MIT Captures CWPA Div. III Championship

Senior Kale Rogers
Senior Kale Rogers

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) netted a season-best six goals to help the No. 5 MIT men's water polo team capture the 2014 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Championship with a 14-10 win over No. 3 Johns Hopkins University on Sunday afternoon at Washington & Jefferson College's Henry Memorial Natatorium. Tasman, along with classmate Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.), were named to the tournament's first team, while senior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and sophomore Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) were selected to the second team.

Tech entered the two-day tournament as the second seed, and faced Monmouth College and No. 10 Washington & Jefferson in the first and second rounds. Following back-to-back wins against the Fighting Scots and Presidents, MIT advanced to the finals where they met the Blue Jays, who defeated Connecticut College and Penn State Behrend. MIT and Johns Hopkins met last year in the championship with the Blue Jays claiming a 13-8 victory, but this afternoon's win marked the first time the Cardinal and Gray defeated Johns Hopkins since their 13-11 victory in the 2012 Princeton University Invitational.

Tasman netted four of his six goals in the first half to provide the Engineers with a 5-4 lead after one quarter. He scored his fifth goal in late in the second, while sophomore Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) and freshman Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) each located the back of the Blue Jays' cage as MIT to an 8-6 lead into the break. Rogers, who finished the contest with four goals, registered a pair in the third that helped the Cardinal and Gray continue to lead after three frames, 11-8. Junior Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.) extended MIT's lead at 7:20 in the fourth before both teams swapped goals over the next few minutes. Tasman sealed the win with his final goal with 25 seconds remaining. 

On Saturday, MIT earned a convincing 17-3 victory over Monmouth. With the score tied at three after one quarter, Clark netted the go-ahead goal at 5:04 in the second that sparked a 14-0 run, spanning the final three quarters. MIT's defense pitched a shutout during the final three quarters, limiting the Fighting Scots to a season-low in goals. Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) finished the contest with a hat trick, respectively, while junior Rogers and Churukian each netted a pair.

Against Washington & Jefferson, MIT snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal by Everett with four seconds remaining the first that jumpstarted an 8-0 run, spanning the second and third quarters. Tech went onto defeat the Presidents, 17-8, which catapulted them into Sunday's championship against the Blue Jays. Tasman, Rogers and junior Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) each recorded hat tricks.

MIT returns to the pool next Saturday, October 25 for two Northern Division contests. They'll begin the day with a trip down the street to Harvard University, an 11:00 a.m. matchup, followed by a home contest against Connecticut College at 7:00 p.m.