Water Polo Splits With No. 15 George Washington & Wagner to Open Harvard Invite

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THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 15 George Washington 14, MIT 9
MIT 7, Wagner College 5

- Records: MIT (7-6); No. 15 George Washington (15-4); Wagner (4-18)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team split its two matches against No. 15 George Washington University and Wagner College on the opening day of the 2019 Harvard University Invitational.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. George Washington:

- MIT scored the first two goals of the game as Sawyer Koetters (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) gave the Engineers an early 2-0 edge. George Washington fought to tie the match up at 2-2 prior to the end of the first and again at 4-4 early in the second before the Colonials put the game away with a 5-0 run that stretched nearly eight minutes.

- Trailing 11-6 late in the third, MIT tried to climb back into the game with three straight goals from Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.), Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) and Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.), but the Colonials held off the Engineers rally for a 14-9 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Geschke led the way for MIT with a trio of goals and a steal, while Schillinger added two goals and two steals in the effort. MIT keeper Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made 12 saves on 26 shots.

- George Washington held a 36-34 edge in shots and went 3-for-4 on 5-meter penalty shots, while MIT went 5-for-10 on the man advantage.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Wagner:

- Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.) scored the first goal for MIT just 50-seconds into the match and the Engineers never relinquished the lead en route to a 7-5 win. Wagner cut its deficit to one late in the third quarter, but Geschke's goal with 1:19 to play in regulation was the insurance MIT needed for the victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Geschke and Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) both registered a pair of goals for the Engineers, while Niederreiter made seven saves in net.

- MIT outshot Wagner 27-24 and went 3-for-9 on the man-advantage.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to Harvard for the second day of its invitational tomorrow morning. The Engineers will play No. 14 Bucknell University at 8:00 am and No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer at 4:45 pm.

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