MIT Water Polo Edged By No. 15 Brown, No. 14 Harvard In Both Ends of NWPC Doubleheader

MIT Water Polo Edged By No. 15 Brown, No. 14 Harvard In Both Ends of NWPC Doubleheader


- Scores: No. 15 Brown University 11, MIT 10; No. 14 Harvard University 10, MIT 8

- Records: MIT (6-10, 1-4 NWPC); Brown (9-7, 2-3 NWPC); Harvard (11-4, 3-2 NWPC)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team, which is ranked No. 3 in the latest CWPA Division III poll, was edged by No. 15 nationally-ranked Brown University, 11-10, and No. 14 nationally-ranked Harvard University, 10-8, in a Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) doubleheader in Cambridge on Saturday.


- Trailing 10-5 with 3:40 to play in the third quarter, MIT went on a 4-0 run that got the Engineers within one goal at 10-9 midway through the fourth. During the spurt, the Engineers got single goals via Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.), Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia), Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) and Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii).

- After Brown broke MIT the run on a penalty shot goal by Tyler Kirchberg, which made the score 11-9 in favor of the visitors with 3:26 to play, the Engineers had two great opportunities to force overtime as Weldon ripped a shot off the crossbar with 1:45 on the clock and 40-seconds later freshman Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) did the same as Brown took the game by an 11-9 final.


- In the nightcap, the Engineers trailed by as many as three at 7-4 with 1:42 to play in the first half, but Kim cut the deficit back to two, 7-5, before the intermission. Neither team scored in the third quarter, which set up MIT perfectly to comeback.

- In the fourth, MIT freshman Myles Stapleberg (Monarch Beach, Calif.) scored the Engineers sixth goal 23-seconds into the stanza and then tied the game at 7-7, 1:18 later. Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) then gave MIT its first lead of the game at 8-7 with 4:09 left on the clock.

- Harvard's Dennis Blyashov knotted the game at 8-8 with 3:38 to play – marking the fifth time the game was even in score. Colin Chiapello gave Harvard the lead back at 9-8 with 1:04 left in the quarter and then Austin Sechrest registered an insurance goal for the visitors as the Crimson took the nightcap by a 10-8 score.


- In between the pipes, MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) posted ten saves and two steals for the Engineers. In addition on the defensive side of the ball, Weldon and Schillinger both registered two steals and Schillinger added a team-high four blocks in the effort. MIT also won three of the four quarter-opening sprints.


- MIT continues its long homestand with a match against George Washington on Thursday, October 12 at 6:15 p.m. inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool.


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