September 9, 2007

Water Polo Continues to Roll with Pair of Wins at MIT Invitational

Sept. 9, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT continued its impressive play at home with a pair of wins in the Zesiger Pool on Saturday afternoon, downing Connecticut College, 19-5, before edging out Washington and Jefferson College, 11-8. The Engineers also defeated Yale University's club team, 12-4, in an exhibition match.

The trio of contests were played as a part of the MIT Invitational, which opened with a bang on Friday night, as the Cardinal and Gray took down defending Division III National Champion, UC Santa Cruz. Play will conclude in the event on Sunday.

MIT's offense continued to be red-hot on the second day of the competition, scoring in double-digits in each of the three matches.

In the opener against Connecticut College (0-3), freshman leading-scorer John Preis once again led Tech (4-1) on the offensive end, bagging four goals for the first time in his young career. Sophomores Rob Kalwarowsky and Devin Lewis and rookies Brian Gardiner and Spencer Williams notched a pair of tallies each, while Mark Artz, Mike Smith-Bronstein, Palmer Rosemond, Grant Tomassi, Morgan Laidlaw and Nick Souza each contributed a goal apiece.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hiroshi Mendoza made six saves to earn the first victory of his intercollegiate career.

The afternoon tilt with Washington and Jefferson (0-2) was a much more hotly contested battle, as the Engineers were pushed to the very end by the Presidents. However, hat tricks from both Artz and Preis and a pair of strikes from Rosemond helped propel the Cardinal and Gray to victory. Laidlaw, Tomassi and Gardiner each pitched in with one goal to round out the scoring.

Souza manned the net for MIT, stopping four shots and contributing two steals.

The afternoon's final match against Yale's club team served as an exhibition, as the youthful Engineers look to continue to hone their skills. Rosemond (3), Artz (2), Preis (2), Kalwarowsky, Tomassi, Lewis, Gardiner and Alex Mattfolk all found the back of the net for Tech. Preis' pair of goals pushed his season-total to a team-best 21.

Mendoza returned to take over goalkeeping duties in the final contest, making four saves to earn his second win of the day.

The Engineers will conclude play in the MIT Invitational on Sunday with an exhibition match against Santa Rosa Junior College at 10:45 a.m.