Men's soccer is out, polo is in
By David Rothstein
While four of MIT's women's teams await the beginning of their respective New England Women's Eight Conference tournaments, three men's team -- golf, water polo and soccer -- look forward to a somewhat different post-season.
The water polo team is preparing for the New England championships, to be held at Harvard University on Nov. 3 and 4. Prospects for tournament action for the soccer team, however, are quite slim, after the Engineers dropped a 4-3 overtime game to Clark University on Saturday. [See sports update, page 19.] And the golf team left yesterday for New Seabury to compete in the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association championships.
Water polo in Beanpot
The Engineers lost all five matches in last weekend's New England League tournament at Brown University, but head coach John Benedick said that, with the exception of Brown, MIT played at the same level as the other five teams, losing by a narrow margin each time.
MIT faces Boston College tomorrow evening at 7 pm at the Alumni swimming pool in the semifinal round of the Beanpot tournament (Harvard University is the third competitor). The Beanpot final will take place at Harvard on Thursday.
The Engineers will compete with Harvard, BC, Brandeis University, Yale University, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the New Englands. The top two finishers of that competition will advance to the Eastern Championships, held Nov. 10 and 11 at the Naval Academy.
Benedick praised sophomore goalkeeper Chad Gunnlausson for an excellent defensive job. Despite Gunnlausson's work, however, the Engineers are 3-10 on the season.
Soccer's chances slim
With the loss to Clark, MIT's chances for post-season play are virtually nil. Head coach Walter Alessi said he had thought this might be the year that the Engineers would qualify for play, probably in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
"We've been playing good soccer," said Alessi, "but sometimes not getting the breaks."
MIT has never made it to tournament play, either in the ECAC or the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Engineers' record stands at 6-4-1, and although Alessi said that MIT "is going to still keep playing as if every game is the tournament, usually four losses is too many. . . ."