Long Beach State Slips Past MIT, 9-5

Oct. 8, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. - MIT's water polo team concluded its six-game California road trip with a 9-5 loss to Division I powerhouse Long Beach State University on Sunday afternoon at Campus Pool. The 49ers, ranked No. 7 nationally, improved to 11-4 with the win, while the Engineers fell to 8-9.

Tech, which has been ranked fifth nationally in Division III for the past three weeks, played a tight match against its hosts, despite being at the end of a long weekend which saw it play six matches in four days on the opposite side of the country. Long Beach State jumped out to an early 4-1 lead against the Cardinal and Gray before extending the advantage to 5-1 heading into the halftime break, but from that point on, the Engineers played even with the 49ers, trading goals until the final whistle.

Junior Mike Smith-Bronstein, sophomore Devin Lewis and freshmen Alex Mattfolk, John Preis and Spencer Williams each found the back of the net on one occasion to account for MIT's scoring.

The contest surely would've been ever closer if not for 49er goalie Derek Wiebe-Bailey making a career-high 10 saves. Sophomore Nick Souza made five stops at the other end of the pool for the Engineers, while fellow sophomore Hiroshi Mendoza saw action but wasn't forced into a save.

The Cardinal and Gray will now return home for three straight matches at the Zesiger Pool, the first of which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. against Brown University. The visiting Bears are currently ranked No. 20 in Division I.