Engineers Fall to Brown, 14-4

Oct. 11, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Brown University used a string of 10 unanswered goals - stretching from the first quarter to the fourth quarter - to down MIT, 14-4, in Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division action on Thursday evening in the Zesiger Pool. With the win, the Bears improved to 10-7 and snapped a mini three-game losing streak, while the Engineers dropped to 8-10.

The visitors received goals from eight different players, but were led on the offensive end by juniors Hank Weintraub, who struck for a game-high four goals, and Grant LeBeau, who notched three tallies of his own. Freshman leading scorer John Preis was Tech's only multi-goal scorer, netting a pair.

The Engineers jumped out to an early lead just under two and a half minutes into the contest when junior Mike Smith-Bronstein scored from long range, but amazingly the Bears accounted for the next 10 goals to effectively seal the final result.

LeBeau and Gordon Hood each scored to give Brown a narrow 2-1 edge after one quarter, while goals from Gerrit Adams, Nico Fort and a pair from Weintraub in the second period put the Bears ahead, 6-1, heading into the halftime interval.

The third quarter brought much of the same, as the powerful Bears offense continued to find the back of the net. Junior Mike Gartner, along with LeBeau and Weintraub, bagged the only goals of the third stanza, stretching Brown's lead to 9-1.

After LeBeau netted the visitors' tenth straight tally, Preis broke up the streak with a clever backhanded goal to make the score 10-2. Sophomore Zach Levko, freshman Corey Schwartz, Gartner and Weintraub rounded out the scoring for Brown, while sophomore Devin Lewis and Preis accounted for the Cardinal and Gray's final two strikes.

A great effort in between the pipes by Bears' goalkeeper Kent Holland kept the Engineers at bay, while the home team also saw a number of shots ricochet off the posts and crossbar. Nick Souza manned the net for MIT.

Tech will return to the water on Saturday, Oct. 13, when it will host Fordham University in a match that is set for a 4:30 p.m. start. Brown will also play its next match against Fordham, on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m. in the Zesiger Pool at MIT.