October 12, 2009

MIT Holds off Iona, 9-6

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Brian Gardiner scored four goals and Columbus Leonard had 11 saves to help lead the MIT water polo team to a 9-6 victory over Iona College at the Zesiger Pool Saturday night. The win was second straight for the Engineers, who improved to 4-11 overall and 2-2 in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CPWA) Northern Division play.

MIT struck early, opening up a 4-2 lead after the first two quarters of play. The teams traded goals in the third, and Tech's two-goal advantage would hold up as it led 7-5 entering the final stanza. A late foul on the Gaels led to a five-meter try by Devin Lewis, which he converted to seal the victory.

Two of Gardiner's tallies came in man-up situations. Lewis added an even strength marker to his five-meter goal and Rob Kalwarowsky added a pair of scores. Leonard earned his fourth win of the season in net.

The Cardinal and Grey will play three games next weekend, hosting Fordham on Saturday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m. before traveling to Connecticut College for a Sunday doubleheader against the Camels and Mercyhurst College.