Nov. 15, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Despite a superb effort, MIT water polo concluded its season with three, tough losses at the 2004 Eastern Championships. Tech came just short of completing the biggest upset of the weekend over top-ranked Princeton in the opening round, then fell to Salem International and Brown University in the consolation bracket.
Returning to the Eastern Championship for only the second time in school history should have been reward enough for the Engineers. As the only Division III school to advance to the Elite 8 of the east coast, the goals set by the new coaching staff were reached. Just like last year,
In the consolation round, MIT fell to Salem International, 10-8. The Engineers trailed 4-1 early in the contest, but fought back to take a 6-5 lead. But
In the seventh-place game, MIT fell to Brown, 10-9. MIT utilized all of its players against teh Bears, with freshman goalie Rob Truax getting his second start of the season. Truax had seven saves, including two spectacular counter-attack stops for the Engineers. Scoring for the Engineers were Dave Lohrey, Alexi Zykov, and John Rogers who each lit the lamp twice, and Dan Jacobs, Grady Snyder, and Morgan Laidlaw, who contributed one each.
"I think to finish off the season with everyone getting to play in the final game was great for the future of the program" said Coach Omar Amr. "This senior class is very special and unselfish. They have laid a great foundation for this program. Every victory from here on out, and any success we have in the postseason in years to come, will be attribute to this class. It will be hard to replace them in the pool and even harder in the locker room."
"We plan on being a permanent fixture at Easterns" added Coach Felix Mercado, "and I think all the other schools realize that."