Water Polo Takes Two of Three at Northern Division Championships

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - At the Northern Division Championships over the weekend, MIT water polo defeated Iona, 12-11, and Harvard, 15-14, both in triple overtime, but lost to host Brown, 17-8, earning third place overall. The Engineers' performance earned them a spot at the Eastern Championships on Nov. 16-18 at Princeton.

Freshman Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.), who netted the ball seven times throughout the game against Iona, scored the only MIT goal in the first period, leaving the Engineers trailing a goal behind the Gaels going into the next eight minutes. MIT caught up quickly courtesy of three more goals by Tasman and one by sophomore Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.), ending the period with an MIT lead, 5-4.

In the third period, junior Michael Farid (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), freshman Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and Tasman each scored a goal, bring the Engineers' total to eight. Iona only scored one goal in the third period but three in the final eight minutes, tying the game at 8-8. Because MIT did not score in the fourth period, the game went into overtime. In the first overtime period, Tasman scored the only two MIT goals, which were matched by two Iona goals. In the next extra session, Rogers scored his second goal of the game but, again, the Gaels also managed to score another goal. In the final frame, freshman Matthew Orton (Los Altos, Calif.) scored the lone goal, giving MIT the win, 12-11.

Against Brown later on that day, the Engineers lost, 17-8. Rogers, Orton, Clark, juniors Scott Stephens (Los Altos, Calif.) and Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) and freshman Zach Nelson (La Jolla, Calif.) all scored once, while Tasman scored two goals.

The next morning, the Engineers faced Harvard to battle for third place at the championship. By the fourth period, Tasman had scored four goals, Rogers had three, and Cheney and Clark had each scored twice, tying the game at 11-11, sending the game to overtime. In the first extra session, Rogers scored once but the Crimson scored twice, giving them a slight advantage going into the next overtime period. Rogers and Cheney tagged on two more goals compared to Harvard's one, tying the game again at 14-14. With less than two minutes remaining in the final frame, senior Brendan Deveney (Newton, Conn.) scored his first goal of the weekend, ending the game with an MIT victory, 15-14.

The Cardinal and Gray will return to the pool on Friday, Nov. 16 when they travel to Princeton for the Eastern Championships.