Water Polo Edged By No. 14 Bucknell & No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer on Sunday

MIT goalkeeper Conrad Oakes saves a shot during a match.
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THE BASICS:

- Scores:

No. 14 Bucknell 13, MIT 9
No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer 10, MIT 4

- Records: MIT (7-8); No. 14 Bucknell (14-3); No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer (14-9)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)

- The Lead: On the final day of the 2019 Harvard University Invitational, the MIT water polo team was edged by No. 14 Bucknell University and No. 17 Pomona-Pitzer. The Engineers and the Sage Hens came into today's match ranked third in the Division III national poll. 

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Bucknell:

- Bucknell outscored MIT 3-0 over the opening eight minutes of play and never relinquished the lead as the Bison edged the Engineers by a 13-9 final.

- Goals from Miller Geschke (Los Altos, Calif.) and Kevin Downey (Greenwich, Conn.), cut MIT's deficit to two at 4-2 early in the second quarter, but Bucknell went on a 5-1 run through the end of the third to extend its lead to six at 9-3.

- MIT did outscore Bucknell 6-4 in the final eight minutes as the Engineers received two goals apiece from both Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.) and Geschke. The run came a little too late as the Bison held off MIT for the 13-9 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Geschke registered his 11th hat trick of the season in today's first game against Bucknell.

- In net, senior Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made nine saves and match both his season and career-high with four steals for the Engineers. 

- MIT went 2-for-6 on the man-advantage but was outshot by Bucknell by a 32-25 margin.

HOW IT HAPPENED vs. Pomona-Pitzer:

- Huibregtse scored the game's first goal 1:10 into the match, but Pomona-Pitzer grabbed a 3-1 lead early in the second thanks to three consecutive goals from Joseph Schafer, Jack Mallory and Adam Gross

- MIT rallied to even the score at three on goals from Downey and Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii), but the Sage Hens reclaimed the 4-3 lead prior to the halftime break.

- Both teams traded goals in the third before Pomona-Pitzer outscored MIT by a 4-0 margin over the final eight minutes securing the 10-4 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- MIT's four goals came from four different student-athletes as Weldon, Huibregtse, Geschke and Downey all scored for the Engineers.

- In net, Conrad Oakes (Pasadena, Calif.) made his first start of the season and made nine saves and totaled a career-high four steals in the effort.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will travel to western Pennsylvania for the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship next weekend. The Engineers are scheduled to play the winner of the Washington & Jefferson/Penn State Behrend match on Saturday, October 26 at 3:30 pm.

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