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Water Polo FInishes 0-3 in Invitiational

By Gara Mendez

Early last Saturday morning, the water polo team members prepared for a full day of games at the Cambridge Invitational Tournament. The tournament began at MIT's Alumni Pool, then moved over to Harvard University in the afternoon. By day's end, each team played three or four games against different opponents.

The other schools participating in the tournament were Harvard, Brown University, Johns Hopkins University, Boston College, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The day started off with the Division III MIT team versus the Division I Harvard team, which proved to be a very challenging game for the Engineers. Nonetheless, the MIT players worked hard on a strong defense, making four Harvard ejections. The MIT offense challenged the opponent with good ball handling skills. Zackary Lee '98, Brad Pearson '94, Javier Nazario-Larrieu '95, and Robert McIntyre '98 whizzed the ball past the Harvard goalie in some amazing offensive plays. Still, the game ended in a 178 Harvard win.

The Engineers went back into the pool a few hours later to play against the Johns Hopkins team. The MIT players were tired and did not seem up to par in this game. The Hopkins players were much faster, and despite a strong Engineer defense, JHU prevailed, 169.

Later in the afternoon, the MIT team traveled across the river to the Harvard pool, where they played against Boston College. The Engineers started off well, scoring the first two goals of the first quarter, but by the end of the second quarter, the score was tied, 55. At this point, MIT focused on defense, resulting in three ejections.

The score was 1111 with two minutes, five seconds left in the fourth quarter. The crowed cheered on, showing that the game had become very exciting. There were many quick counters and fast passes, but BC managed to score on the last shot, ending the game, 1211. Pearson was the Engineers' main scorer, making eight of the team's 11 goals.

Despite completing the day with an 03 record, the Engineers have much to look forward to in the season ahead.

This upcoming weekend the team will travel to Saint Francis College, in New York to compete in the Eastern Water Polo Association Northern Division Tournament. The event is the first in a series of three such tournaments. The next home game will be held on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 22, against Boston College.