Water Polo Goes 2-1 at Conn College Tournament

Water Polo Goes 2-1 at Conn College Tournament

THE BASICS:

Scores:

Game 1 – MIT 10, Cal Lutheran 9
Game 2 – Gannon 10, MIT 9
Game 3 – MIT 16, Penn State Behrend 6

Records: MIT (4-4), Cal Lutheran (1-2), Gannon (8-0), Penn State Behrend (1-8)

Location: New London, Conn. (Lott Natatorium) 

The Lead: The MIT water polo team competed at the Connecticut College Tournament this afternoon and went 2-1 as the Engineers defeated Cal Lutheran and Penn State Behrend. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Cal Lutheran:

- 1st Quarter – Cal Lutheran jumped out to a 5-2 lead after eight minutes in the pool as Jack Kirby posted a pair of goals for the Knights.

- 2nd Quarter – MIT outscored Cal Lutheran 4-0 in the second to take a 6-5 lead at the break. The Engineers received goals via Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.)Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.)Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) in the run.

- 3rd Quarter – Both teams scored once in the third as the score read 7-6 in favor of the Engineers through three.  

- 4th Quarter – The score was knotted at 9-9 until there was 28-seconds to play. Weldon broke the tie and secured the win for the Engineers. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Weldon and Lucas Novak (Palo Alto, Calif.) posted two goals apiece for MIT in the win against the eight-ranked team in Division III. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Gannon:

- 1st Quarter – MIT jumped out to a 4-1 lead as Geschke scored twice, while Weldon and Sandell both scored once. 

- 2nd Quarter – Geschke added his second goal of the game, but Gannon scored three times in the frame to cut the deficit to one (5-4) at the break. 

- 3rd Quarter – Gannon's Zarko Sadikovic scored a 5-meter penalty shot which was one of four goals for Golden Knights as they outscored the Engineers 4-1 in the frame.

- 4th Quarter – MIT's Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) and Huibregtse both scored for the Engineers in the fourth, but a goal by Gannon's Thomas Squelia with 32-seconds to play proved to be the game winner. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- Geschke led the way for the Engineers with four goals and two assists. 

- MIT went 5-for-8 on the man advantage and outshot Gannon, 36-31.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Penn State Behrend:

- 1st Quarter – MIT took a 4-2 lead after the first quarter as the Engineers got two goals apiece via Geschke and Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.)

- 2nd Quarter – Two goals each by Huibregtse and Sandell as well as one by Geschke gave MIT a 9-3 lead at halftime. 

- 3rd Quarter – MIT's Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) posted four goals in the third to account for the Engineers offense. 

- 4th Quarter – Sandell and Downey both added one goal in the fourth as the Engineers took the final game of the tournament by a 16-5 score.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- MIT had five student-athletes with multigoal games. Downey led the way with five, while Sandell had three, Geschke had three, Kim had two and Huibregtse had two. 

UP NEXT: 

- MIT opens up Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) play in two weeks as the Engineers will travel to Princeton and Iona on Saturday, September 29 for games at 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

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