September 5, 2005

Water Polo Returns from Navy with Mixed Results

Sept. 5, 2005

Annapolis, Md. - With high expectations heading into the Navy Invitational, the MIT water polo team came away with mixed results. After winning their first contest against the University of Pacific B 8-5, the Engineers dropped three in a row. The losses came at the hands of Division III rival John Hopkins 16-7, Division II Slippery Rock 6-3 and nationally ranked Division I Bucknell University 15-5.

 

"My expectations for this team have not changed," said first-year head coach Felix Mercado, who was not phased by the losses. "Our goal is to be playing our best for Northerns in late October. While these losses were frustrating, our young guys got a wake up call on college water polo. But they will adapt just fine."

 

Despite the outcome, there were bright spots for the Engineers. Seniors John Rogers (7 goals, 15 drawn ejections) and Grady Snyder (4 goals, 8 steals) were both impressive in their first weekend of action. Junior Kevin Amendt was stellar on defense, recording three goals and twelve steals. Sophomore Goalie Rob Truax made thirty-one saves on the weekend, and freshman Mike Smith Bronstein showed early promise with a four goal effort.

 

"This weekend was tough, but we had fun," said Amendt. "As a team we were able to see that we still need to get in better shape. Also, the younger guys need to adjust to this high level of competition."

 

The Engineers will look to regroup this week in practice and build on the positives from Navy in preparation for their home tournament this coming weekend. MIT will kick off the tournament against Harvard on Friday night at 7:30.