MIT Water Polo Downs McKendree and Cal Lutheran to Close Bruno Classic

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THE BASICS:

- Scores:

MIT 23, McKendree 14
MIT 7, Cal Lutheran 6

- Records: MIT (3-1); McKendree (0-3); Cal Lutheran (1-3)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team picked up a pair of wins over McKendree University and Cal Lutheran on the second day of the 2019 Bruno Classic at Harvard's Blodgett Pool. With the pair of wins, the Engineers are off to their best start to a season since the 2015 campaign at 3-1 overall.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. McKendree:

- MIT jumped out to a 7-3 advantage after eight minutes of play as the first quarter saw junior Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) lead the offense with a pair of goals. Prior to halftime, MIT would take its largest lead at eight (14-6) after Schillinger registered his third goal of the contest. The first half also saw first-year Sawyer Koetters (Santa Monica, Calif.) notch his first collegiate hat trick.

- The offense was even for both teams in the second half as MIT outscored McKendree by just one, 9-8, as the final score stood at 23-14 after 32 minutes of play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Schillinger paced the MIT offense with five goals, while senior Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii), classmate Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.), and Koetters all registered hat tricks in the first match of the day for the Engineers.

- MIT held the statistical advantage in shots (40-23) and went 10-for-16 on the man advantage.

- Senior goalkeeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made three saves and stole the ball three times for the Engineers as he pushed his record to 2-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Cal Lutheran:

- Both teams scored twice in the opening quarter as MIT received goals via junior Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.). The score stood knotted at two all the way until halftime.

- MIT took a 3-2 lead heading into the fourth quarter, however Cal Lutheran battled back and answered each time the Engineers scored. MIT called a timeout with 20 seconds to play and with the score even at 6-6. First-year head coach Austin Ringheim drew up a play and with just one second left on the clock, Geschke notched his fourth goal of the game to lift the Engineers to the 7-6 victory.
 
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Geschke scored four of MIT's seven goals against Cal Lutheran, while Weldon, sophomore Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif.) and Downey all added one. Niederreiter made nine saves and registered two steals in a complete game effort in net for the Engineers.

- MIT outshot Cal Lutheran 36-26 in the contest that featured the fourth and fifth ranked teams in Division III water polo. 

UP NEXT: 

- MIT is off next weekend but will return to action in two weeks with three matches at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday, September 21. The Engineers will play an exhibition match against Cerritos College before playing the host Camels at Penn State Behrend all on the same day.

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