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Water polo ends season as Division III champions

By Jeffrey Ma

The varsity water polo team ended their season last weekend by capturing the 1991 Division III Eastern Championships. The Beavers scored impressive wins over Amherst College, Colby College and Johns Hopkins University, outscoring them by an average of 10 goals.

"It was a great way to end the season," said co-captain Isy Goldwasser '92. "It's worth all the season's hard work to know that we are the best in the East." Goldwasser, who had earlier been hampered by a shoulder injury, appears to have recovered fully, scoring three goals against Hopkins. He and Jon Pinder '92 were the offensive sparks in MIT's 13-10 victory. Pinder, who scored four goals, was instant offense throughout the tournament, scoring seven goals in all.

The game began as a shootout, with Hopkins and the Beavers trading goals all the way through the first quarter. The game turned on defense, however. At the conclusion of the first quarter, Hopkins lead 6-5, but MIT applied their feared lane-press defense, holding Hopkins scoreless in the second quarter while the Beavers tallied three goals. This intense defensive trend continued for the rest of the game as co-captain Jim Lee '93, Chad Gunnlaugsson '93 and Jeff Ma '94 each finished with 4 steals.

"We really shut them down and did it with defense," said Lee, who collected three personal fouls before the game's end. The Beavers' defense was unnecessary in their two earlier round games, as they beat Colby and Amherst by a combined score of 41-14. The team scored at will, showing the reason why they were seeded first and favored to win this tournament.

The second half was a test of wills as the two teams went back and forth, neither scoring easily. The Beavers let many opportunities go by the wayside, converting only two of their nine man-up situations. Anthony Scherer '94 scored a pivotal goal in the fourth quarter on one of the two successful power plays, sealing the fate of the Hopkins team.

"We just went out there and played our game," said Greg Shank '94. Shank and his nine underclassman teammates will not be able to bask in the glory of this victory for long, for they are already planning for next season. The team is be expected to be strong again as five starters and all bench members return.

Jeffrey Ma '94 is a member of the varsity water polo team.