Water Polo Edged By No. 12 Princeton & Brown in NWPC Doubleheader

Water Polo Edged By No. 12 Princeton & Brown in NWPC Doubleheader

THE BASICS:

- Scores: No. 12 Princeton 8, MIT 7; Brown 11, MIT 10 (OT)

- Records: MIT (5-8, 1-4 NWPC), Princeton (10-4, 3-2 NWPC), Brown (10-7, 3-2 NWPC)

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

- The Lead: MIT water polo was edged by No. 12 Princeton University in today's first game, 8-7, and battled with Brown University all the way through overtime, but ultimately fell, 11-10.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Princeton:

- 1st Quarter – MIT jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first thanks to goals from Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) and Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.).

- 2nd Quarter – The Engineers maintained their advantage through halftime, 4-3, as Kim and Downey both added their second goals of the game.

- 3rd Quarter – Princeton outscored MIT, 3-0, in third to take a 6-4 lead.

- 4th Quarter – Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) and Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.) scored just 37-seconds apart to tie the game up once again, this time at 6-6. Princeton got a pair of goals via Miles Cole to take an 8-6. The Engineers attempted to force overtime and Huibregtse notched his second of the quarter, but the Tigers held on for an 8-7 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT held a 32-8 advantage in shots.

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) stole the ball three times for the Engineers. Princeton keeper Billy Motherway, made 16 saves which proved to be the difference in today's first match.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Brown:

- 1st Quarter – Both teams scored three times in the opening eight minutes as MIT received goals Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.), Downey and Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.).

- 2nd Quarter – MIT took an early 4-3 lead in the second on a goal via Huibregtse, but Brown battled back to take a 6-4 advantage at the break.

- 3rd Quarter – Brown upped its lead to three in the third, 9-6.

- 4th Quarter – The Engineers scored four times in the fourth to send the game into overtime with the score at 10-10. MIT got goals from Kim, Huibregtse, Sandell and Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii)

- Overtime – Neither team scored in the opening three minutes. However with 42-seconds to play, Travis Bouscaren scored the game winning goal for Brown.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: 

- Niederreiter made ten saves in a complete game effort for the Engineers.

- Offensively, Sandell totaled three goal and added five steals to the effort. Kim tallied three assists to go along with a pair of steals. Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) also had a great second game as he registered one goal, one assist and three steals.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will play No. 7 Harvard University on the road tomorrow beginning at 1:00 pm.

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