Water Polo Defeats Iona, 16-6, to Finish Fifth at NWPC Tournament

Pat Stefanou had two goals to lead MIT to fifth place at the 2019 NWPC Tournament.
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THE BASICS:

- Score: MIT 16, Iona College 6

- Records: MIT (11-14); Iona College (6-23)

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

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team finished in fifth place at the 2019 Northeast Water Polo Conference Championship Tournament as the Engineers defeated Iona College, 16-6, this afternoon in Cambridge.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Both teams got off to a slow start with one goal apiece in the first quarter, but MIT build the lead it would need in the second as the Engineers outscored the Gaels 4-1 and headed into the break up 5-2. The first half saw two goals from Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.), and one apiece from Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.), Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) and John Steele (Old Greenwich, Conn.).

- The game remained close through three quarters with MIT out in front 8-4, but the Engineers broke the game wide open in the fourth by outscoring their opponents 8-2 over the final eight minutes to win by a 16-6 final. The fourth quarter offense by MIT was sparked by two goals from both Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and Kaden DiMarco (Eugene, Ore.).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Stefanou and Downey both registered hat tricks for the Engineers today, while Christian Schillinger (Orinda, Calif.), Geschke, Steele and DiMarco all contributed two goals apiece. Defensively, Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Schillinger led the way with three steals.

- In net, Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) picked up the win with 12 saves, while Iona keeper Kyle Laufenberg made nine stops for the visiting Gaels.

- MIT held a 35-30 advantage in shots, went 4-for-10 on the man-advantage and 2-for-3 on 5-meter penalty shots.

- This is the second straight season that MIT has registered a fifth place finish at the NWPC Tournament as the Engineers now have posted two wins in two seasons in the conference playoffs.

- With 11 wins, the Engineers recorded their most victories since the 2015 season.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will travel to California for the Inaugural USA Water Polo Division III National Championship on December 7, 2019. The Engineers will await the winner of the SCIAC for their first round game.

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