Water Polo Falls to Brown at the Buzzer in the NWPC Tournament

Water Polo Falls to Brown at the Buzzer in the NWPC Tournament


Scores: Brown University 8, MIT 7 (NWPC Tournament)

Records: MIT (9-13); Brown University (18-12)

Location:vProvidence, R.I. (Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center)

The Lead:vA goal with four seconds to play in regulation by Brown University's Matt Simko was the difference in today's Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Tournament first round match as the host and fourth-seeded Bears edged the fifth-seeded MIT water polo team by an 8-7 final.


- Brown's James Thygesen scored the match's first goal 1:30 into the opening stanza. However, just 26-seconds later MIT junior Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.)knotted the game up at 1-1. The Bears would take a 3-2 lead at the end of the first.

- In the second, MIT was able to tie the game up at three, on a goal by sophomore Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) but Brown regained the lead at 4-3 with 4:45 to play in the half. The Engineers and Bears went into halftime even at 4-4 after freshman Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) notched a goal with 2:44 to play.

- In the third, the Engineers took their first lead of the game and the largest lead of the match by either team as Geschke scored twice and junior Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) scored one which made the score 6-4. Brown answered and tied the match up at 6-6 early in the fourth.

- Thygesen and Weldon traded goals for their respective teams late in the match. Both teams called timeouts with under a minute remaining and it was Brown which came out with the final possession. Simko lined up for a shot in front of the cage and buried it into the top right corner of the net to give Brown the 8-7 playoff win.


- Geschke led the way for MIT with a hat trick, while Kim and Huibregtse both tallied two assists in the effort. 

- MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made ten saves on 18 shots, while Brown keeper Riad Hallal made nine saves on 16 shots. 

- MIT went 4-for-7 on the man advantage, while Brown held a 35-27 advantage in overall shots.


- For the third consecutive season, MIT will play Iona College in the fifth-place game which will take place tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm at Brown University. The Engineers will be looking for redemption as the past two years have seen the Gaels win the fifth-place match in overtime.


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