September 21, 2012

MIT Water Polo Edged Out by Harvard, 13-12

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In their second game against Harvard this month, the first of which MIT won, 19-7, the Engineers were edged out by the Crimson, 13-12. MIT's record dipped to 3-5 for the season.

Less than 30 seconds into the first period, Harvard had scored their first goal. Freshman Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) put MIT onto the board with three minutes remaining on the clock, which was followed by yet another Harvard goal a few seconds later. Before the end of the first period, however, freshman Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.) had scored one goal and junior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) had scored two, giving the Engineers a lead over Harvard, 4-3.

In the second period, junior Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) gave the Cardinal and Gray a two-goal lead, but the gap was quickly closed when the Crimson managed to get the ball in the net twice, tying the game at 5-5. With one more goal by Tasman and another by sophomore Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.), the game was tied at 7-7 at the end of the second period.

The only MIT goal in the third period was by Tasman, while Harvard scored four additional goals, raising the score to 8-11. In the final period, the Engineers tried to play catch up with one goal by freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and three more by Tasman, raising his tally for the game to six. MIT made one last attempt at the Harvard goal with less than five seconds remaining but it was successfully blocked by their goalkeeper. The game ended with the Crimson victorious, 13-12.

Junior Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.), who was in net, had five impressive blocks in the second period and two in the fourth period, helping to prevent Harvard from making any additional goals.

The Engineers will return to the pool on Saturday in search of a win in games against Iona at 3:00 and Fordham at 7:00.