MIT Uses Strong Finish To Go 3-1 In Home Invitational

Sept. 24, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT men's water polo squad didn't get off to the best of starts in its mini-invitational this past weekend, but proved that it's not how a team starts, but rather how it finishes that really matters. Following a tough 7-6 loss to Fordham to open their schedule, the Engineers rattled off three consecutive victories over Dartmouth, Navy (B Team) and Queens College to improve to 5-9 on the season.

Tech played tough against Fordham in its first game on Saturday afternoon, but was unable to overcome the Rams, who scored three unanswered goals on two separate occasions. The Engineers, who trailed by three entering the fourth quarter, pulled to within one on back-to-back goals by Mark Artz, but their rally was cut short by the clock, ultimately falling, 7-6.

The loss didn't get the Cardinal and Gray down, however, and it quickly bounced back to record a 14-11 victory over Dartmouth just hours later. Tech took the momentum created from that victory into its Sunday matches, and it helped propel them to a 10-3 victory over Navy (B Team) and a 13-6 triumph over Queens College.

Leading the way offensively for the Engineers was freshman Devin Lewis, who recorded eight goals in the three victories. Fellow freshmen Artz and Rob Kalwarowsky added six goals apiece, while other top scorers included sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein (five goals) and senior Oliver Venn (four goals).

Freshman Nick Souza continued his stellar play between the pipes, recording a total of 36 saves over the course of the weekend.

"I felt comfortable with the way our defense was playing," noted Souza. "They made my job easy by playing so tenuous and really not giving the other teams good looks at the cage."

The Engineers look to build upon their three game winning streak when they travel to Providence, R.I. on Thursday, Sept. 28 to take on Brown University in a match that will take place at 8:00 p.m.