No. 4 MIT Water Polo Competes In 2014 CWPA Northern Division Championship

Sophomore Nolan Kruse
Sophomore Nolan Kruse

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in the 2014 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, the No. 4 MIT men's water polo team captured two of three contests against Connecticut College on Saturday and Iona College on Sunday. Tech, which began the tournament against Harvard University, suffered their third straight setback against the Crimson this season.

Against Iona College on Sunday, the Engineers used a 12-6 run, spanning the second and third quarters to secure a 15-12 victory against the Gaels. Senior Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) sophomore Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) each netted hat tricks, while juniors Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) and Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) scored two goals, respectively. Iona jumped out to a 3-1 lead after one quarter and traded goals with the Cardinal and Gray before Rogers and Hallman netted back-to-back goals at 1:35 and 0:53, which provided the hosts with a 7-5 lead at the break.

Tech pushed ahead 12-7, thanks to a goal from sophomore Kelly McGee (Pasadena, Calif.) at 2:32 before the Gaels countered with goals to pull within four after three frames. Iona, which outscored the Engineers 3-2 during the final session, came within three points at 2:54 following a goal from sophomore Chris Ellis (Houston, Texas). MIT responded with their final goal from Hallman to secure their third win against Iona this season.

MIT commenced the tournament with a contest against Harvard University, which the Crimson claimed, 14-8. Tasman paced the Engineers with a hat trick, including a pair in the opening quarter, while five other players notched one goal. Both teams traded goals during the opening minutes before the Crimson pushed ahead with tallies from junior Viktor Wrobel (La Jolla, Calif.) and sophomore Joey Colton (Garden Grove, Calif.) to secure the lead for good.

Harvard netted four goals in the second quarter and tacked on three more in the third to earn a comfortable 12-8 advantage. Tech, which was held scoreless in the final quarter, yielded two goals from senior Max Murphy (San Mateo, Calif.) and junior Ben Zepfel (Newport Beach, Calif.).

In their final game on Saturday, the Engineers rebounded with an 11-9 win over Connecticut College, their third consecutive victory against the Camels this season. Hallman led the Engineers with a game-high four goals, while sophomore Patrick Everett (Ann Arbor, Mich.) notched a pair. Tech rallied from an 8-6 deficit at the break by outscoring the Camels, 5-1, over the final 16 minutes. Hallman evened the score at 9-9 with 6:15 remaining in the fourth before he net the clincher with 1:36 remaining.