Water Polo Falls to No. 7 UC Davis & No. 20 Bucknell in Season Opener

Water Polo Falls to No. 7 UC Davis & No. 20 Bucknell in Season Opener

THE BASICS:

- Scores: No. 20 Bucknell 13, MIT 9; No. 7 UC Davis 18, MIT 10

- Records: MIT (0-2), Bucknell (3-0), UC Davis (1-1)

- Location: Providence, R.I. (Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team fell to No. 7 UC Davis and No. 20 Bucknell in its first two matches of 2018. In the opener, Bucknell topped MIT, 13-9, and in the nightcap UC Davis defeated MIT, 18-10.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Bucknell:

- 1st Quarter – MIT freshman Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) opened the scoring with his first collegiate goal 2:33 into the first quarter, but Bucknell came out of the first with a 4-2 lead thanks to two goals via Rade Joksimovic.

- 2nd Quarter – The Engineers knotted the game at 5-5 up by the end of the second stanza after Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) posted two goals and Lucas Novak (Palo Alto, Calif.) notched his first goal of the year on the man advantage.

- 3rd Quarter – Both teams scored three times in the third. Bucknell's Joksimovic registered his fifth and sixth of the game during the stanza, while MIT's Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.), John Steele (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and Novak scored for to keep the game even.

- 4th Quarter – The Bison opened the fourth quarter with five straight goals to put the game away by a 13-9 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT went 4-for-11 on the man advantage, while Bucknell held a 35-27 margin in shots and went 2-for-2 on five-meter penalties.

- In a complete game effort, Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) posted 11 saves and two steals in net for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. UC Davis:

- 1st Quarter – Both teams scored five times in the opening stanza. MIT received goals via Huibregtse, Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.), Downey and Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.).

- 2nd Quarter – As in the first, both team scored the same amount of goals in the second. This time MIT and UC Davis each notched two goals.

- 3rd Quarter – UC Davis put the game away in the third by outscoring MIT, 8-3. 

- 4th Quarter – MIT could not score a goal, while UC Davis found the back of the net three times to win by an 18-1- final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT went 3-for-7 on the man advantage, while UC Davis held an edge in shots (40-24) and went 4-for-4 on five-meter penalty shots.

- In net, MIT junior Miguel Lamar (Miami, Fla.) got the start and made 16 saves over the opening 26:49 of play before Niederreiter stopped the ball four times over the final 5:11.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play No. 5 University of the Pacific at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow before playing Austin College at 1:00 p.m. on the second day of the Bruno Classic. Tomorrow's game will take place at Harvard University.

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