Water Polo Drops 11-9 Overtime Decision To George Washington

Water Polo Drops 11-9 Overtime Decision To George Washington

THE BASICS:

- Score: George Washington 11, MIT 9 (OT)

- Records: MIT (6-11); George Washington (10-7)

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

- The Lead: Single goals by Andrew Mavis and Jordan Blosser in each of the three-minute overtime sessions, led the George Washington Colonials to an 11-9 victory over the host MIT Engineers on Thursday night in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Trailing by two, 9-7, with 4:03 to play in regulation, MIT received a goal by freshman Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) to cut the deficit to one (9-8). Then with 31-seconds left on the clock MIT junior Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia) registered the game-tying goal to send the contest to overtime.

- Midway through the first overtime session, George Washington took the 10-9 advantage on a strike by Mavis. The teams then switched ends for the second OT period where with 1:33 remaining Blosser put the game out of reach as the Colonials took the non-conference game by an 11-9 final.

- In the second quarter with the score 3-1 in favor of George Washington, MIT got goals by Peter Calvaresi (Malvern, Pa.), Chris Womack (Redlands, Calif.) and Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) to even the game at 4-4 heading into the break. In the same quarter GW got a goal by Noah McKinnie Braun to account for the team's fourth score.

- Early in the third, MIT took its first lead of the game with back-to-back goals by Knezevic and freshman Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.). However, the Colonials came storming back with four straight of their own to reclaim the lead at 8-6, before the Engineers eventually tied the match to send it to overtime.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT sophomore Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Knezevic led the Engineers with two goals apiece, while Kim added a goal and a team-high three assists.

- Defensively in net, sophomore Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) stopped the ball ten times, stole the ball twice and registered one assist in the match. Additionally, classmate Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) registered three steals, while Calvaresi drew a team-high three ejections.

- MIT also won three of a possible six quarter opening sprints in tonight's match.

UP NEXT:

- MIT hosts the CWPA Division III Championship this weekend starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning in Cambridge. The top-seeded Engineers will take on fifth-seeded Monmouth College in the first game of the day. George Washington heads across the city for the Harvard Invitational where the Colonials will take on Brown University tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m.

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