Water Polo Splits A Pair of Games on Trip to New York

Oct. 12, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT water polo team split the two games they played Saturday on a trip to New York City, holding off Fordham, 7-6, before dropping a 14-8 decision at Iona.

The Engineers held off a late rally by the Rams to secure a dramatic one-goal victory on Saturday morning. Tech took a 6-4 lead into the fourth quarter, only to see Fordham come within one goal twice in the final frame. Trailing 7-6 in the final 2:30 minutes, the Rams were awarded a penalty throw but freshman goalkeeper Columbus Leonard turned away the shot to clinch the victory. Leonard had seven saves in the game. Devin Lewis scored four times, Mike Smith-Bronstein had a pair of goals and Brian Gardiner rounded out the scoring for the Cardinal and Gray. Fordham was only able to score on one of their nine man-up opportunities in the game.

MIT traveled to Iona for their second game of the day. The Gaels opened up a 7-4 halftime advantage, before going on to the 14-8 win. Smith-Bronstein and Lewis led the attack with a pair of goals each. Gardiner, Andres Simauchi, Matt Chapa and John Preis all had goals. Leonard made eight saves in the losing effort.

The Engineers return to action next weekend with a three game homestand. They host Connecticut College Friday, October 17 at 8:30 p.m. Queens College comes to the Zesiger Pool on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Tech then welcomes St. Francis for the final game of the weekend on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.