Cambridge, Mass. (November 16)- Ahead of the league playoffs which begin this afternoon in Providence, the Collegiate Water Polo Conference (CWPA) released its Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) All-league honorees. In just his first year with the Engineers, Bret Lathrope was named as the NWPC Coach of the Year, while junior Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) and freshman Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) were placed on the All-Conference Second Team.
Lathrope, who has guided MIT to an overall record of 9-12, to the fifth seed in the upcoming NWPC playoffs and won the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship, is the fourth coach in program history to be named as the Conference Coach of the Year and first in the newly established NWPC, which began in 2016. The NWPC, which came from the CWPA's Northern Division, saw Adam Foley (2008), Felix Mercado (2006) and Jeff Ma (2003) earn Conference Coach of the Year accolades.
Huibregtse, who earned his third straight nod to the NWPC All-Conference Second Team, ranks second on the team in goals with 34 and fifth on the team with nine assists. Defensively, the junior has drawn 18 ejections, has registered 23 steals and has posted three field blocks.
Geschke, in his first collegiate season, leads the Engineers with 51 goals, 24 assists and 75 points. His 51 goals have come on 116 shots for a percentage of .440. Defensively, the freshman has drawn 11 ejections and has registered 21 steals to go along with a pair of field blocks.
The trio above and the rest of the fifth-seeded MIT water polo team opens play in the 2018 NWPC postseason tournament this afternoon with a match at 4:00 pm against the fourth-seeded Brown University Bears. MIT, which has been edged by Brown in overtime in both meetings this fall, looks to pick up its first NWPC tournament victory in program history.
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