September 24, 2011

MIT Splits a Pair of Road Contests to open CWPA North Play

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The MIT water polo team traveled to the New York city area on Saturday to take on Fordham University and Iona College in a pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division games. Both games were closely contested, with Tech coming away with a 12-11 win over Iona in the nightcap, after falling to Fordham, 10-9, in overtime earlier in the day. The Engineers are now 5-11 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Sophomore Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) paced the Tech attack, scoring seven goals in the two games. Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had four goals, including two against Iona, and fellow freshman Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.) also scored twice in the win over the Gaels.

After falling behind, 7-3, at halftime against Fordham, the Engineers rallied back in the second, outscoring the Rams, 5-1 over the final two periods to force overtime. Cheney connected on the tying goal with just 7.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

Cheney evened things up in the second overtime as well, after Fordham took a 9-8 lead a minute into the second three-minute extra session. However, the Rams had the final possession and took advantage with Robert Fleming (Loomis, Calif.) beating Tech goalkeeper, Columbus Leonard (Mill Valley, Calif.), with just 0.1 seconds on the clock.

Cheney led the way against Iona with four markers, as MIT scored the game-winning goal with less than a minute to go in regulation en route to the 12-11 victory.

Tech will return to action in two weeks, facing cross-town rival, Harvard University, on Friday, October 7. The game, which will be played at Harvard's Blodgett Pool, begins at 7:30 p.m.