Water Polo Splits In Providence

Water Polo Splits In Providence

Oct. 18, 2004

Providence, R.I. - Over the weekend, the MIT water polo team showed two sides of its abilities versus Fordham University and St. Francis College. On Saturday against Fordham, Dave Lohrey paced an offensive explosion with five goals in a 17-5 win over the Rams.

Danny Malconian had seven saves to lead the defense. Bruce DiBello, John Rogers, and Andrew Whitehead also contributed two goals a piece as MIT won for the 12th time this season.

Ranked No. 1 in the CWPA,Division I power St. Francis struggled early as the Engineers employed a unique defensive gameplan that surprised the Lions on Sunday. MIT limited St. Francis' potent offese to five goals through three quarters and scored five of its own to leave the score deadlocked heading into the final period.

Unfortunately for the Tech contingent, the Engineers were unable to ensure the upset as St. Francis raced past MIT, 5-1, in the last frame en route to a 10-6 victory.

"Our Defense was just amazing for the first three quarters" said Assistant Coach Felix Mercado. "We used so much energy applying that defense that in the fourth (quarter) we made some mistakes on offense that led to four fast-break goals. Very fixable problems."

The Engineers hope to continue this defensive progresion versus Brown on Wednesday night; MIT's last match before heading to Washington, Pa., for the Division III Easatern Championships.