Water Polo Edged By No. 18 Princeton, 9-8, in Overtime

Photo by DSPics.com
Photo by DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 18 Princeton 9, MIT 8 (OT)

- Records: MIT (6-3, 1-2 NWPC) No. 18 Princeton (8-9, 2-1 NWPC)

- Location: Princeton, N.J. (DeNunzio Pool)

- The Lead: MIT water polo played its second overtime game in 24 hours this afternoon at Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) rival Princeton University, but fell in overtime 9-8 to wrap up its first weekend of league games. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Princeton scored the game's first goal, but three straight goals by Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) gave MIT a 3-1 advantage midway through the second quarter. Both teams traded goals as the Engineers were ahead 4-3 at halftime.

- Geschke scored the only goal for either team in the third quarter as MIT maintained its slim lead at 5-3 through three quarters. MIT took its largest lead of the game at 7-4 after back-to-back goals by John Steele (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.) early in the fourth, but Princeton chipped away and tied the game at 7-7 prior to the end of regulation sending the game into overtime.

- In the first overtime session, Princeton found the back of the net twice as Keller Maloney and Mitchell Cooper scored for the Tigers. MIT tried to rally in the second overtime session and got a goal from Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.), but it wasn't enough as the Tigers held off the Engineers and won 9-8.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Geschke registered a game-high four goals to close his weekend with 11 total in three games. The sophomore has now scored three or more goals in eight of nine games for the Engineers this season. Geschke and Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) both added three steals to their stat lines today. 

- In goal, Princeton keeper Billy Motherway made 20 saves in 38 minutes of action, while MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) stopped the ball eight times and registered four steals.

- MIT went 2-for-3 on the man advantage and outshot Princeton by a 37-26 margin.

UP NEXT: 

- MIT will continue NWPC play next weekend with a road match at Brown on Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 pm and a home match against Harvard on Sunday, October 13 at 12:00 pm.

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