Water Polo Falls To No. 3 Stanford, No. 7 Pepperdine At Bruno Classic

Water Polo Falls To No. 3 Stanford, No. 7 Pepperdine At Bruno Classic

THE BASICS:

- Scores: No. 7 Pepperdine 15, MIT 5; No. 3 Stanford 24, MIT 1

- Records: MIT (0-2), No. 7 Pepperdine (1-0), No. 3 Stanford (2-0)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team opened its 2017 at the Bruno Classic where the Engineers faced off with two of the top teams in the country. In game one, No. 7 Pepperdine University defeated MIT, 15-5, and in the night cap No. 3 Stanford University bested MIT, 24-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

Game One vs. Pepperdine

- Pepperdine jumped out to an early 6-0 lead before MIT sophomore Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) produced the first goal for the Engineers with 1:10 to play in the first quarter. In the second, MIT received single goals from freshmen Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.), Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) and Myles Satpleburg (Monarch Beach, Calif.) all who registered their first collegiate goals as the Engineers trailed 13-4 at the break. 

- Both defenses held their own in the third as neither team was able to put on in the back of the cage. Huibregtse notched MIT's final goal of the contest and second of the game with 6:14 to play, but Pepperdine took game one by a 15-5 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT goalkeeping tandem of Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) and Anders Khaykin (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tallied a combined six saves. Defensively, sophomore Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii), senior Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) and Stapleburg all notched one field block a piece, while Khaykin and Kim led the way for MIT with a pair of steals.

- There was an assist on four of the five MIT goals as junior Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia), freshman Chris Womack (Redlands, Calif.), Weldon and Huibregtse registered the helpers for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Game Two vs. Stanford

- The third-ranked team in the country jumped out to a 13-0 lead before MIT was able to score its only goal of the game. Stapleburg, who posted a goal in the first game of the day against Pepperdine, tallied MIT's lone goal with 1:41 to play in the second quarter. Stanford outscored MIT 11-0 from that point on as the Engineers fell by a 24-1 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Defensively, Kim drew MIT's only ejection of the game, Archer claimed one steal for the Engineers and Knezevic registered one block on the day. In between the pipes, Khaykin totaled four saves and four steals, while Niederreiter stole the ball one and made three stops.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool tomorrow to close action at the 2017 Bruno Classic. The Engineers will take on Wagner College at 10:30 a.m. and McKendree University at 1:30 p.m. Both games will take place at Harvard University inside Blodgett Pool.

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