MIT One Goal Better Than Harvard For Second Time This Year

Sept. 23, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second time this season, the MIT men's water polo team (6-5) overcame a late deficit against the Harvard Crimson to beat their arch rivals. Thursday night at Harvard's Blodgett Pool, the Engineers watched an early lead slip away, only to come storming back in the final quarter and squeeze by the Crimson 10-9. The win came two weeks after MIT edged Harvard 6-5 at home.

The Engineers jumped out to an early 4-1 lead before Harvard came storming back to close within 6-4 at halftime. Senior 2 meter man John Rogers continued on his torrid scoring pace with three goals in the first half.

The tide turned in the third quarter, and as they did two weeks ago against the Crimson, MIT relinquished their lead. Behind a rowdy home crowd, Harvard took a 7-6 lead with less than three minutes left in the quarter. But within a minute back came MIT, and freshman Dallas Chase was able to knot the game at seven, beginning the Engineers resurgence. The goal was Chase's second on a power play.

MIT carried the momentum into the fourth quarter and took control of the game with three unanswered goals to take a commanding 10-7 lead. Freshman Mike Smith Bronstein led the late push with two impressive outside shots against a Crimson zone defense.

"I had great looks at the cage and thankfully I was able to put my shots where the goalie couldn't get them." said Smith Bronstein, who led the Engineers with four goals on the night.

Harvard was able to score twice before time ran out, but the second goal came with just 13 seconds left in the game. John Rogers was able to control the ball for MIT as the final seconds expired to preserve the one goal lead and seal the victory.

Also scoring for the Engineers was junior Kevin Amendt, who added one goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Robert Truax stopped ten Crimson shots in the win.

"It was nice to see the freshmen (Chase and Smith Bronstein) step up tonight." said head coach Felix Mercado. "We were able to make Harvard pay for running a zone to stop John Rogers."

With the victory, MIT improved to 6-5 this year (3-1 in league play). The Engineers head off to Princeton University today to participate in the ECAC championships. Their first match will be against St. Francis College at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.