Water Polo Defeats Austin and W & J on Opening Day of CWPA Division III Eastern Championship

Water Polo Defeats Austin and W & J on Opening Day of CWPA Division III Eastern Championship

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 22, Austin College 10
MIT 16, Washington & Jefferson 6

- Records: MIT (7-9); Austin College (0-9), Washington & Jefferson (5-13)

- Location: Baltimore, Md. (JHU Natatorium)

- The Lead: MIT water polo went 2-0 on the opening day of the 2018 CWPA Division III Eastern Championship as the Engineers topped Austin College, 22-10, and Washington & Jefferson, 16-6, to advance to the title game tomorrow for the 21st time in program history.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Austin:

- In the opening quarter, MIT struck first with back-to-back goals by Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) and Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.). By the time the horn rang at the end of the first, the Engineers found themselves up 5-2. 

- The second quarter began with three straight goals by MIT which came via Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.), Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Geschke. Austin scored three times in the second, but MIT doubled that offensive effort with six goals in the frame to lead 11-5 at the break. 

- MIT maintained its advantage in the third quarter by outscoring Austin, 5-4. The third saw MIT goals by Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.), Huibregtse and Weldon.

- In the fourth, the Engineers outscored the Roos, 6-1 to secure the game one win by a 22-10 final.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Kim led the way for MIT offensively as he registered five goals. Additionally, four Engineers tallied multi-goal games as Downey had four goals, Huibregtse had three goals, and Weldon, Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) and Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.) all had two goals.

- MIT went 7-for-16 on the man advantage, was 1-for-1 on five-meter penalty shots and scored 22 goals on 42 shots.

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made seven saves over the opening 22:18 of the match, before Miguel Lamar (Miami, Fla.) stopped the ball four times over the final 9:42 for the Engineers.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. W & J:

- MIT jumped out to a 4-1 lead over the opening eight minutes as Huibregtse registered all four goals for the Engineers in the stanza. 

- Huibregtse struck first in the second, but W & J was able to cut the deficit back to three at halftime as MIT led 7-4. 

- Geschke scored the final goal of the second and first goal of the third to extend MIT's lead back to six at 10-4. Over the final 16 minutes of play, MIT outscored W & J, 9-2, to secure its spot in the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship match once again. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Huibregtse tallied six goals on ten shots and added two steals to the effort. Geschke was right behind Huibregtse offensively as he notched five goals of his own.

- Niederreiter made one save in the first half, while Lamar stopped the ball twice in the second for MIT.

- The Engineers went 4-for-9 on the power play and scored 16 goals on 36 shots in game two.

UP NEXT:


- MIT will play host Johns Hopkins University in the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship game tomorrow afternoon at 12:00 pm.

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