Water Polo Picks Up First Win of 2018 With 21-8 Victory Over Austin

Water Polo Picks Up First Win of 2018 With 21-8 Victory Over Austin

THE BASICS: 

Scores:MIT 21, Austin College 8; No. 5 Pacific 22, MIT 4 

Records:MIT (1-3), Austin College (0-4), Pacific (3-0) 

Location:Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

The Lead: On the second day of the Bruno Classic, the MIT water polo team earned its first win of 2018 as the Engineers topped Austin College by a 21-8 final. Earlier in the day, MIT dropped a 22-4 decision to No. 5 University of the Pacific to end the tournament at 1-3. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Pacific: 

- 1st Quarter – The University of the Pacific outscored MIT 4-1 in the opening stanza thanks to a pair of goals by Luke Pavillard. MIT freshman Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) notched the lone Engineers goal with 1:35 to play.

- 2nd Quarter – Geschke accounted for MIT's lone goal in the second as the score stood at 9-2 in favor of the Tigers at the break.

- 3rd Quarter – The University of the Pacific posted eight goals to MIT's two in the third to extend its lead to 17-4. Geschke added his third marker of the day, while MIT senior Peter Calvaresi (Malvern, Pa.) scored his first goal of the season off a feed by Lucas Novak (Palo Alto, Calif.).

- 4th Quarter – The Tigers did not allow the Engineers to score in the fourth as the score read 22-4 at the end of 32 minutes in the pool.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made five saves in the first half for the Engineers. 

- Geschke registered his first collegiate hat trick in today's first game. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Austin:

- 1st Quarter – MIT outscored Austin 10-1 over the first eight minutes of play. The first quarter saw four goals from sophomore Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.), three from junior Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) and one from each of Geschke, Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.) and Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.).

- 2nd Quarter – The Engineers added five goals in the second to extend their lead to 15-5 after 16 minutes. MIT sophomore Christian Hwa (Hong Kong) tallied his first collegiate goal just 55-seconds into the stanza.

- 3rd Quarter – Geschke scored both MIT goals in the third as MIT led 17-7 through three. 

- 4th Quarter – Geschke added a 5-meter penalty shot, while Kevin Shen (Newbury Park, Calif.) dished out a couple of assists to aid MIT to a 21-8 win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT went 3-for-6 on the man advantage and 2-for-2 on 5-meter penalty shots. The Engineers also held a 31-28 advantage in shots.

- In net, MIT junior Miguel Lamar (Miami, Fla.) played the first 21:58 and made eight saves to pick up the win. 

- Geschke registered six goals in the nightcap to bring his total to nine on the day. He now leads the Engineers with 10 so far this season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is off until next Saturday when the Engineers head to Connecticut College for a 1:00 p.m. match against the Camels. 

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