Water Polo Earns First Win Of 2017 Against McKendree At Bruno Classic

Water Polo Earns First Win Of 2017 Against McKendree At Bruno Classic


- Scores: Wagner College 15, MIT 10; MIT 17, McKendree University 9 

- Records: MIT (1-3), Wagner (1-3), McKendree (0-4)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team earned its first win of the 2017 campaign this afternoon as the Engineers defeated McKendree University in the second of two games played today at the Bruno Classic. In this morning's contest, MIT fell to Wagner College by a 15-10 final score. 


Game One vs. Wagner

- Trailing by two in the early minutes of the opening quarter, MIT used goals by freshman Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.), junior Peter Calvaresi (Malvern, Pa.) and senior Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) to take a 3-2 lead after eight minutes of play. Wagner, however, tied the game at 3-3 minutes into the second and never relinquished the lead again. 

- After Wagner scored three straight to take a 6-3 lead, MIT was able to cut the deficit back to two on a pair of occasions – once on Archer's second of the game 2:19 into the third (6-4) and once on a goal by freshman Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) with 2:55 left to play in the third (9-7). 

- Wagner opened the final stanza on a 4-0 run before sophomore Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.) ended the run with just 1:30 to play as Wagner defeated MIT 15-10 in game one.


- Archer produced MIT's first hat trick of the year in game one against Wagner and was joined by Kim and junior Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia) with multi-goal games. Additionally, sophomore Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) and classmate Ben Teitscheid (Newport Beach, Calif.) both notched single assists. 

- Defensively, Archer and Stapleburg each had one steal, Knezevic registered one block and Calvaresi led the way for MIT with a pair of drawn ejections. In between the pipes, sophomore Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made eight saves and stole the ball once, while classmate Anders Khaykin (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) added one block and one steal in the combined complete game effort.


Game Two vs. McKendree

- McKendree tallied the first goal of the game, but MIT scored six straight goals and eight of the next ten goals to lead 8-3 at halftime. During the stretch, Weldon scored twice, while Schillinger, sophomore Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.), freshman Chris Womack (Redlands, Calif.) and Calvaresi all scored once before McKendree could find the back of the net again.

- MIT led 13-6 after three quarters as Knezevic potted a pair of goals in the third before the Engineers added four more in the fourth to claim their first win of the 2017 campaign. In the fourth, Huibregtse and Weldon earned their first hat tricks of the year, while Kim registered his first three goal game of his career to give MIT the 17-9 victory.


- On top of Weldon, Kim and Huibregtse notching hat tricks, Schillinger and Knezevic both produced two goal games. Additionally, MIT won all four sprints to start each quarter of the game as Stefanou and Knezevic combined for those victories.

- Defensively, Kim tallied a trio of steals, while sophomore Federico Bescotti (Harare, Zimbabwe), senior Daniel Yahalomi (New York, N.Y.), Stapleburg, Huibregtse and Calvaresi all drew one ejection apiece. In between the pipes, Niederreiter stopped the ball 11 times and stole the ball twice to pick up the complete game win.


- MIT opens its home schedule on Saturday with a doubleheader against Connecticut College. The first game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and the nightcap is slated for 2:30 p.m. from inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.


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