D3 No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer Takes Down D3 No. 2 MIT Water Polo, 8-7

D3 No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer Takes Down D3 No. 2 MIT Water Polo, 8-7

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer 8, MIT 7

- Records: MIT (8-13); Pomona-Pitzer (13-9)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: In a battle of the two best teams in Division III water polo, No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer came away with an 8-7 win over No. 2 MIT on Sunday evening in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Tonight's match was a back-and-forth battle that saw the score tied five different times. With eight seconds left in the third quarter, MIT sophomore Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) gave the Engineers a 6-5 lead, but in the fourth Pomona came back and went on a 3-0 run to put the game away. With 7:10 to play Adam Ward tied the game at 6-6 and then Joseph Schafer gave the visitors a 7-6 lead on a man-up goal less than a minute later.

- With 4:26 to play, Pomona's Noah Sasaki scored the team's eighth goal, which proved to be the difference as MIT could not come back from two down with just minutes left on the clock. Huibregtse was able to score his fourth goal of the game with 1:08 to play in order to cut the deficit to one, 8-7, but Pomona's defense held on the rest of the way to secure the road win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- On top of Huibregtse's four goal, MIT also got points via Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia), Kyle Archer (Clovis, Calif.) and Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.).

- Defensively, Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made 11 saves in a complete game effort, while freshman Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) registered two steals and drew a team-high two ejections.

- The Engineers were able to secure all four sprint wins which included two victories from Knezevic, one from Stefanou and one from Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.).

UP NEXT:

- MIT is off until Saturday, October 28 when the Engineers host Princeton University at 11:00 a.m. and Iona College at 5:30 p.m. in a Northeast Water Polo Conference doubleheader in Cambridge. The following day, October 29, MIT will honor its two seniors before the game against St. Francis (N.Y.) at 11:00 a.m.

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