CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in back-to-back Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division contests, the No. 4 MIT men's water polo team split both games, falling to No. 18 Harvard University, 12-7, before defeating Connecticut College, 13-7. Tech currently stands at 12-11 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
Junior Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) recorded six goals against the Camels, including four in the second quarter, while classmate Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) netted four goals. Tasman sparked a 7-0 run, spanning the second and third quarters with his initial goal at 6:13 in the second before Rogers evened the score at 3-3 literally at 5:16. Tech pushed ahead with their second lead of the contest when Tasman converted on a shot right in front of the Connecticut College goal.
MIT, which led 6-3 at the break, padded their advantage with back-to-back goals from junior Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and Tasman at 7:46 and 4:18, respectively. Orton followed a shot by senior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) for his only goal of the contest before Tasman skipped a shot past Connecticut College junior goalkeeper Daniel Albers (Aloha, Ore.) for his fifth marker.
Senior Nick DiLeo (Coopersburg, Pa.) halted the MIT run with his first of three goals at 3:40 in the third quarter when he flung a shot past sophomore goalkeeper Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). Connecticut College, which trailed 10-5 after three frames, did close the gap with DiLeo's final goal of the contest at 6:09, but the Engineers countered with back-to-back goals from Rogers to seal the win.
Prior to their evening contests against the Camels, MIT fell to the Crimson in their second meeting of the season. Tech trailed Harvard, 4-3, at the break, but the Crimson pushed ahead in the third and fourth quarters to earn the win. MIT did enter the final quarter down two goals, but Harvard junior Blake Lee (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore Joey Colton (Garden Grove, Calif.) each netted back-to-back goals to extend the host's advantage.
MIT returns to action next weekend for their final three regular season contests of the season. On Saturday, November 1, they'll travel to Fordham University for an 11:00 a.m. contest before ending their day at St. Francis College at 8:00 p.m. Tech will cap their weekend with an 11:00 a.m. contest against Iona College on Sunday, November 2.