PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On the last day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championships at Brown University and its final game of the 2013 campaign, the MIT water polo team was defeated by George Washington, 12-9, on Sunday afternoon. Tech ended the three day championships in eighth place, after winning against Mercyhurst and falling to Navy and Harvard earlier in the weekend. The Engineers wrapped up the season with a record of 13-17.
Senior Craig Cheney (Sherwood, Ore.) had four goals, two rebounds, two blocks, six shots, a steal and three ejections drawn throughout the game. In net, freshman Ian Zaun (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had a strong game, totaling 15 blocks, two steals and one ejection drawn.
George Washington scored the first goal of the game a minute and a half into the first period but sophomore Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) tied the score a few seconds later. With two Colonial goals and one by sophomore Joe Kusters (Coronado, Calif.) with 16 seconds remaining on the clock, the Engineers went into the second period trailing by a goal by a score of 3-2. Zaun had his strongest period with six blocks and a steal.
MIT tied the score at three with six minutes remaining in the second quarter when Cheney netted his first goal of the game, but George Washington took back the lead less than 30 seconds later. With back-to-back goals scored by Cheney and sophomore Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.), the Colonials held a 7-5 lead heading into the third quarter.
The third eight minute period was MIT's strongest, as the Engineers scored three goals while only allowing two, closing the gap to just one with a score of 9-8 following goals by Cheney and juniors Jack Clark (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Dylan Hallman (La Jolla, Calif.). In the final quarter, however, the Colonials only allowed one goal, scored by Cheney, while finding the back of the net three times themselves, and the game ended before MIT was able to close the gap.
Tech ended the season ranked eighth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III poll.