MIT Falls to St. Francis (N.Y.), 14-7

Oct. 19, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After taking the first two matches of a three-game home stand over the weekend, the MIT water polo team dropped a 14-7 decision to nationally-ranked No. 14 St. Francis (N.Y.) on Sunday afternoon.

The Terriers led, 3-1, after the first period and 7-2 at halftime before going on to the 14-7 victory. Mark Artz was the high scorer for the Engineers with three goals. John Preis added a pair of markers and Mike Smith-Bronstein and Brian Gardiner each scored once. With the loss MIT falls to 6-10 on the season while St. Francis improves to 12-5.

Freshman goalkeeper Columbus Leonard had nine saves in the loss.

The game was MIT's final tune-up before the Division III Eastern championship next weekend at Johns Hopkins University. The Engineers have played in the final of that tournament every year since 1999 and have captured the championship five times. Their first game is Saturday, October 25 versus Washington & Jefferson at 2:15 p.m.