CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT water polo team, ranked No. 8 in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, took two of its three matches against a trio of New York teams over the weekend inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool. The Engineers opened the brief home stand with a 12-6 loss to Fordham University, but bounced back with back-to-back wins against St. Francis College, 14-13, and Iona College, 11-5.
Prior to this afternoon's match against Iona, MIT seniors Samuel Edson (Newport Beach, Calif.), Braden Knight (Freemont, Calif.), Joe Kusters (Coronado, Calif.), Matthew Orton (Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Kale Rogers (Newberg, Ore.) and Ory Tasman (Orlando, Fla.) were all honored for their contributions towards the water polo program.
Tasman registered nine goals, while Rogers had eight of the three games. Junior Zach Churukian (Menlo Park, Calif.) had four, freshman Luka Knezevic (Zagrab, Croatia) tallied three, and sophomore Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) registered a pair of goals. Kusters and sophomore Jeremy Bogle (Weston, Mass.) rounded out the scoring with one goal each. Junior goalkeeper Nolan Kruse (Orcutt, Calif.) made seven saves against the Terriers on Saturday and followed that great performance up with 10 stops against the Gaels on Sunday.
Fordham 12, No. 8 MIT 6
Tasman paced the Engineers in the opening game of the weekend with a pair of goals, while Churukian, Rogers, Knezevic and Orton all tallied a single goal.
Fordham put a quick goal on the board, just 53-seconds into the contest, but Rogers struck for the Cardinal and Gray, knotting the game at 1-1 midway through the opening stanza. Tasman then tied the game at 2-2 almost a minute later, but from that point forward, Fordham outscored MIT by a 10-4 margin as the Rams took the opening game by a 12-6 final.
No. 8 MIT 14, St. Francis 13
Rogers and Tasman teamed up for MIT's first three goals, while a balanced attack of Bogle, Archer, Knezevic and Rogers pushed the MIT lead to 8-5 at the break.
Tied at 13-13 with less than two minutes to play in the game, Rogers sealed the win for MIT with his blast that put the Engineers ahead for good, 14-13. On top of his game winner, Rogers scored all three of the Engineer's goals over the final eight minutes of action. Despite five ties and back and forth action, MIT never conceded the lead to St. Francis. The Cardinal and Gray's largest advantage was four (9-5), just 2:22 into the third quarter.
No. 8 MIT 11, Iona 5
Knotted at 1-1 after this opening stanza, the Engineers peeled off three straight goals by Tasman and Churukian. The Gaels got one back with 1:55 to play in the half, but Knezevic and Tasman each scored once over the final 55-seconds, extending the MIT lead 6-2 at the break.
MIT outscored Iona by a 5-3 differential over the final 16 minutes of action to hold on to the 11-5 victory. Over the stretch, the Engineers received goals from Bogle, Churukian, Rogers, Knezevic and Tasman.
MIT (11-11, 5-7 Northern Division) will play Fordham as either the No. 4 or No. 5 seed at the upcoming CWPA Northern Division Championships, which is going to be hosted by Brown University next weekend, November 7-8. The Engineers will play in game one at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Keep up to date with the bracket, stats, and scores here: CWPA NORTHERN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL