Water Polo Finishes Seventh At ECAC Championship

Sept. 26, 2005

PRINCETON, N.J. - The men's water polo team met similar faces and similar results this weekend in the ECAC Championship at Princeton University. The Engineers competed against St. Francis College and Brown University for the second time this year and with Harvard for the third time. MIT, now 7-7 overall and 3-1 in league play, closed out the tournament with a 1-2 record and a seventh place finish. Their losses came to St. Francis (16-6) and Brown (10-6) on Saturday. The team rebounded on Sunday to upend Harvard by one goal (8-7) for the third time this season.

The Engineers experienced difficulty running their offense against St. Francis and Brown. MIT couldn't quite grasp what they wanted to do in the offensive end, and their opponents took advantage. The Engineers committed a total of 25 turnovers in the games.

"We couldn't protect the ball, and we forced too many passes that ended up being stolen," said head coach Felix Mercado. "I'm hoping after we watch the game film, we can see where the breakdowns are and improve in time for Northerns."

Always looking at the glass half full, senior Mark Liao felt good about the team's play.

"We did make more mistakes than we would have liked, but the freshman keep getting better and with more practice I think we are going to surprise a lot of teams in the post season," said Liao.

Leading the way offensively again was senior 2 meter man John Rogers, who tallied five goals. Senior Grady Snyder and freshman Dallas Chase chipped in four goals a piece. The team also received some positive offensive production from Junior David Dryjanski, who scored two goals against Harvard. Junior Kevin Amendt added three scores and sophomore Morgan Laidlaw and Mike Smith Bronstein had one goal each. Defensively, sophomore goalkeeper Robert Truax had a total of 25 saves, 13 coming against Harvard.

The Engineers travel to New London, Connecticut on Saturday, October 1 to compete with Connecticut College for the second time this season. MIT cruised to victory in the first matchup by an 11-2 margin on September 9.