CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 10) – The MIT water polo team has announced its slate of games for the 2017 season, which will feature 23 regular season games that includes ten Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) contests and nine home matches. The Engineers will be under the direction of fourth-year head coach Dave Andriole.
MIT will open the season with four games at the Bruno Invitational, which will be hosted by Harvard University over Labor Day weekend. At the tournament, the Engineers will take on No. 7 Pepperdine University, No. 5 Stanford University, Wagner College and McKendree University.
After playing Connecticut College in a home-opening double header on Saturday, September 9, MIT will hit the road for Davis, California as the Engineers will play five games at the Davis Invitational from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17. At the Invite, MIT will play No. 15 Cal Baptist, No. 2 National Semifinalist University of Southern California, Whittier College, No. 4 University of the Pacific and the University of Redlands.
The Engineers will open their slate of conference games at Iona College and at No. 20 St. Francis College on Saturday, September 30 and then the next day head to No. 13 Princeton for the third game of the weekend. After MIT wraps up its first round of league contests on the seventh of September at home against No. 12 Brown University and No. 9 National Semifinalist Harvard University, the Engineers will host the CWPA Division III Championship on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool. Prior to competing at the NWPC Conference Championship tournament, MIT will honor its senior class with a trio of league games on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29 at home against Princeton, Iona and St. Francis.
Returning to the squad in September will be ACWPC Division III Honorable Mention All-American and NWPC All-Conference Second Team selection Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) as well as 2016 CWPA Division III Eastern Championship All-Tournament Second Team honoree Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia).