Water Polo Takes Down Division III No. 2 Whittier, Division III No. 5 Redlands To Close Run at UC Davis Invite

Water Polo Takes Down Division III No. 2 Whittier, Division III No. 5 Redlands To Close Run at UC Davis Invite

THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 2 Southern California 25, MIT 5
D3 No. 9 MIT 10, D3 No. 2 Whittier 9 (Sudden Death OT)
No. 5 University of the Pacific 22, MIT 5
D3 No. 9 MIT 8, D3 No. 5 Redlands 6 

- Records: MIT (5-6), Southern California (8-0), Whittier (1-5), Pacific (7-1), Redlands (2-7) 

- Location: Davis, Calif. (UC Davis Invitational)

- The Lead: MIT, ranked No. 9 in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) Division III Top-10, registered two huge wins against Division III No. 2 Whittier, 10-9, in sudden death overtime and Division III No. 5 Redlands, 8-6, to close action at the UC Davis Invitational this weekend. The Engineers also faced off with No. 2 nationally-ranked Southern California and No. 5 nationally-ranked University of the Pacific, but MIT fell by scored of 25-5 and 22-5, respectively.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. WHITTIER:

- Whittier jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the opening quarter, but MIT matched Whittier's offensive efforts in the second as both teams scored twice. In the second stanza, the Engineers got goals via freshman Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) and classmate Myles Stapleberg (Monarch Beach, Calif.) to cut the deficit to three at 5-2. In the third, junior Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia) potted two goals and freshman Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) netted one as the score stood at 7-5 in favor of Whitter after three.

- MIT's offense came alive in the fourth quarter as junior Peter Calvaresi (Malvern, Pa.) scored twice and sophomore Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) scored once to even the game at 8-8 with less than three minutes to play, which would lead the contest to extra time. 

- In the first overtime, Whittier got a goal and in the second overtime MIT answered with a goal by Huibregtse - his second of the game. With the score now even at 9-9 the game went to sudden death overtime which meant that the first team to score would win. Knezevic lined up his shot and scored his third of the game to give MIT the 10-9 win over Division III No. 2 Whittier College.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. REDLANDS:

- With the score at 4-3 in favor of the Division III No. 5 team in the country at halftime, MIT outscored Redlands 4-0 in the third and the Engineers defense held strong in the fourth to give MIT the 8-6 win - its second huge win of the weekend.

- In the third stanza, MIT got single scores by Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii), Kim, Stapleberg and Huibregtse which gave the Engineers a 7-4 advantage. In the same period, MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made three huge stops in between the pipes to keep the Redlands offense off the board.

- Redlands cut the deficit back to one (7-6) with 2:51 to play in the game, but with 56-seconds to play Stapleberg registered his second goal of the game to put the score out of reach of Redlands and secured the victory, 8-6, for MIT. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:

- The No. 2 ranked team in the country had a 15-1 lead at halftime and secured the victory over MIT by a 25-5 final. The Engineers however got three goals in the fourth quarter - one on a penalty shot by Kim, one by Huibregtse and one by Calvaresi to cut into the deficit. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. PACIFIC:

- Just as USC did in the game against MIT, Pacific - the fifth ranked team in the nation - outscored the Engineers by a 13-0 score over the opening half. However, in the third quarter, MIT got goals by Kim and sophomore Ben Teitscheid (Newport Beach, Calif.) and then went on to outscore Pacific by a 3-1 margin in the fourth on goals by Weldon, sophomore Federico Bescotti (Harare, Zimbabwe) and Stapleberg.

UP NEXT:

- MIT opens Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) play in two weeks as the Engineers will make a three-game road trip to the New York area to play at Iona College and at St. Francis College on Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively. MIT will then play at Princeton University the next at 10:00 a.m. before returning home.

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