October 6, 2006

Tech Falls to Harvard, 9-5

Oct. 6, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT came out strong against Harvard, scoring on its first possession and briefly taking a 2-1 lead late in the first quarter, but the Crimson then hit for six straight goals en route to a 9-5 victory over the Engineers in Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division action on Thursday night. It was a bit of redemption for Tech's Cambridge rival, as MIT (7-12, 2-3) defeated Harvard (5-4-1, 3-1) by a single goal in all three of the teams' meetings last season.

The Engineers were strong defensively, only conceding goals on opportunistic counter attacks and power plays. However, Tech was denied on the offensive end by Harvard keeper Jay Connolly, who made 14 huge saves. MIT's freshman goalie Nick Souza was no slouch himself, making 12 stops, including a penalty shot, and five steals.

Tech was paced offensively by sophomore Mike Smith Bronstein, who scored twice to bring his total to 27 goals on the season, good for second on the team behind Devin Lewis' 29. Freshmen Rob Kalwarowsky and Mark Artz each contributed one goal, as did junior Morgan Laidlaw.

"We played well for most of the game," said head coach Felix Mercado. "I think we got some good looks at the cage but their goalie made some nice saves. I feel that we are right where we want to be at this point in the season and should get back on the winning track soon," he added.

MIT will look to do just that when it travels to New York on Sunday, Oct. 8, to take on Fordham at 2:30 p.m. and Iona at 5:00 p.m.