Water Polo Splits With Iona & St. Francis on Saturday in NWPC Action

Water Polo Splits With Iona & St. Francis on Saturday in NWPC Action



MIT 11, Iona College 7
St. Francis (NY) 10, MIT 7

Records: MIT (9-10, 2-5 NWPC); Iona (6-22, 0-8 NWPC); St. Francis (7-13, 6-2 NWPC)

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

The Lead: The MIT water polo team used six goals in the second half to defeat Iona College, 11-7, in its match this morning, but fell to St. Francis College, 10-7, in the nightcap in Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) action today. 


- The opening 20:33 minutes of action saw the scored tied five times with the last one coming at 7-7 with 3:27 to play in the third quarter.

- From that point on, MIT scored four straight goals to close the match ahead 11-7. Over the final stretch, the Engineers received two goals from Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.), one from Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) and one from Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii).


- Schillinger and freshman Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) ended the opening game with four goals apiece. 

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederriter (Visalia, Calif.) made 14 saves for the Engineers in the complete game effort.

- MTI went 2-for-3 on the man advantage and added a pair of five-meter penalty goals. Iona held a slim 32-29 margin in shots and went 6-for-11 on the man advantage.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. St. Francis:

Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) scored the game's opening goal for MIT, but St. Francis went on a 6-0 run that stretched through the first 3:15 of the second quarter.

- The Engineers climbed back into the match midway through the third and cut the deficit to three at 7-4 after Geschke registered his second goal of the contest.

- Both teams traded goals down the stretch as St. Francis defeated MIT, 10-7.


- Geschke and Kim both tallied three goals apiece for the Engineers, while Niederreiter led the way for MIT with three steals.

- Niederreriter stopped the ball ten times in net for the Engineers.

- The Engineers won all four sprints in the nightcap as Weldon won twice, Kim won once and Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) won one as well.

- MIT outshot St. Francis, 31-29, went 1-for-2 on the man advantage and added one five-meter penalty shot.


- MIT closes the regular season next weekend as the Engineers will travel to Brown University on Saturday, November 3 at 11:00 am before coming home for Senior Day on Sunday for a match against crosstown rival Harvard University at 11:00 am.


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