CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT water polo traveled just minutes down the road to Harvard University for the first day of the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championships on Saturday. As it did the weekend before on Senior Day, the Engineers defeated Iona College in a very close game by a score of 11-10. Later that day, Tech fell to host Harvard, 9-6. MIT is now 12-13 on the season.
In the first game against Iona, sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.), who was recently named the CWPA Player of the Week for his impressive weekend for his seven goals, four steals and two assists last weekend, led the Engineers, once again, with his two goals, two assists, two steals and eight shots. Seniors Andrew Dorne (Irvine, Calif.) and Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) also scored two goals apiece.
After getting on the board first in the third minute of play, courtesy of junior Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.), the Engineers allowed three goals and trailed 3-1 going into the second quarter. Iona led by as much as 5-1 before MIT finally started to catch up, ending the second quarter just barely behind with a score of 6-5. Sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) tied the score at six in the first minute of the third period and MIT got its first lead two minutes later when junior Kyle Bowman (Millbrae, Calif.) netted his first goal of the game. After another Iona goal, the game went into the final quarter with a score of 8-8.
The Gaels scored the first goal of the remaining period but sophomore Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) tied the score up and Dorne scored his first to give MIT the lead. With less than three minutes remaining, Iona tied the game again, only to have Dorne score another 20 seconds later to give Tech an 11-10 lead. The Engineers were able to hold onto the lead for the remaining minutes until time elapsed.
Against Harvard, Tasman led the Engineers with his three goals, one assist, two steals and five shots. Cheney, Orton and Rogers also scored one goal apiece.
Cheney scored the first goal of the game just over a minute into the first period, giving MIT a quick 1-0 lead, but the score was tied just 14 seconds later. With three minutes left in the quarter, Tasman scored his first of the goal, only to have the equalizer scored a minute later, sending the game into the second period with a score of 2-2. Just one goal was scored in the entire second quarter, scored by Harvard's Joey Colton, giving Harvard a slight 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
A goal by Orton a minute and half in tied the game and the Engineers took their first lead of the day two minutes later when Rogers found the back of the net. The Crimson immediately tied the game and took a two goal lead, all within the span of three minutes. With a score of 6-4 in the final quarter, Tasman scored two more goals, but that was not enough to close the gap, as Harvard scored three more to take the win by a score of 9-6.
Freshman keeper Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) played well in both games, making 14 blocks and notching a steal against Iona and totally seven blocks and two steals against Harvard.
MIT will play the loser of the matchup between St. Francis College and Brown University tomorrow at 10:30 a.m.