Water Polo Edged By Iona In Overtime In Fifth Place Game At NWPC Championship Tournament

Courtesy of David Silverman Photography
Courtesy of David Silverman Photography

THE BASICS: 

- Score: Iona College 10, MIT 9 (OT) 

- Records: MIT (9-19); Iona (8-21) 

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

- The Lead: Despite leading 5-1 at halftime, the MIT water polo team suffered at 10-9 overtime loss to Iona College in the fifth-place game at the Northeast Water Polo Conference Tournament held at Harvard University on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT used a trio of goals by Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia), one by Christian Schillinger (Orina, Calif.) and one via Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) to take a 5-1 lead heading into halftime.

- However, Iona used a 3-0 run right out of halftime to cut the deficit back to one, 5-4, with 1:42 to play in the third quarter. MIT then received back-to-back scores by Myles Stapelberg (Monarch Beach, Calif.), which put the Engineers ahead 8-4 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.

- Iona outscored MIT 4-1, which included a hat trick from Zach Roper to tie the game at 9-9 and send the fifth-place game of the tournament into overtime.

- Iona's Matthew Rothman scored with 27-seconds to play in the first overtime session to give the Gaels a 10-9 lead and their defense held MIT without a goal over the second three-minute session to take the game by the 10-9 final score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made 12 saves in net for the Engineers.

- The Cardinal and Gray, finish the 2017 season with a record of 9-19 and took sixth place in the second-ever NWPC conference tournament.

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