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Lewis Scores Four as MIT Men’s Water Polo Downs Iona, 10-9

Devin M. Lewis ’10 scored four goals, including a pair of penalty shots, to lead the MIT men’s water polo team to a 10-9 win over Iona College in the seventh place game at the 2008 Eastern Championship hosted by the United States Naval Academy. The Engineers end their season at 10-16 overall.

The win marked MIT’s first win over a team in the Eastern Championship field this year and avenged a 12-11 loss by the Engineers to the Gaels in the Northern Division third place game. The seventh place finish is the highest at the Eastern Championship for MIT since a sixth place showing in 2003.

The teams traded goals throughout the first half, leading to a 6-5 MIT lead at halftime, but the Gaels eradicated their deficit completely at the 3:54 mark of the fourth period with an exclusion score by Trevor Creighton to tie the game at 9-9.

Playing without Michael R. Smith-Bronstein ’09, who was out with a red card, the Engineers turned to Lewis who delivered the game-winner off another penalty shot with 3:35 to play for the 10-9 final.

Overall, six of the 19 goals in the game came off penalty shots, including three of the eight in the second half and two in the final eight minutes of play.

In cage, Columbus P. Leonard ’12 made nine saves to earn the win.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Men’s Basketball Smothers Rose-Hulman, 69-43

MIT men’s basketball rode a tremendous defensive effort while nine players scored in a well-balanced attack as the Engineers cruised past the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 69-43, in the first game of the 2008 Engineers Classic hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, MIT jumped ahead in the opening half behind a suffocating defensive effort before finding its rhythm on offense in the second half to cement the non-conference win.

James M. “Jimmy” Bartolotta ’09 sparked MIT’s second-half surge and finished with a game-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Making his first appearance of the 2008-09 slate, fellow senior Willard J. “Billy” Johnson ’09 added 14 points while closing a perfect 4-of-4 from the field.

MIT set the tone with terrific defensive pressure early in the contest. The Engineers forced 15 turnovers in the first 20 minutes and picked up nine steals. Hamidou Soumare ’09 swatted away five shots in the opening frame to ignite the strong performance while Bradley H. Gampel ’09 led all players with four thefts.

During the game, Bartolotta passed Mike D’Auria ’06 for third place on the MIT all-time scoring list. Gampel also reached double-figures for the Engineers with 10 points while adding a game-best nine assists.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

Women’s Basketball Falls to Eastern Nazarene, 57-47

Eastern Nazarene College used a 20-7 run that spanned 10 minutes in the second half to pull ahead for a 57-47 win over host MIT in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday. Cheryl M. Kwinn ’09 paced the Engineers with 20 rebounds, 12 points, three assists, and two steals.

The opening half was tightly played, featuring eight ties and seven lead changes. A pair of free-throws by MIT’s Emily A. Prentice ’11 evened the contest at 23 with 1:17 on the clock. Eastern Nazarene responded with seven straight points, including a layup by Jessica Schoppee at the buzzer, for a 30-23 edge at the break.

The Crusaders recorded their first double-digit advantage (35-25) early in the second half. The Engineers responded by scoring 10 out of the next 12 points, coming within two on a pair of occasions, the last at 37-35 with 12:59 left to play. On its ensuing possession, Amanda Remmel drained a three-pointer that sparked Eastern Nazarene’s pivotal 20-7 run. Free throws and a trey by Amy J. Marshall ’09 during the final minute capped the scoring for MIT.

Marshall finished the day with 10 points as Clara J. Yuan ’09 totaled nine points and three assists. Alice S. Yeh ’09 contributed six rebounds while Jamie L. Simmons ’12, Kristen E. Whaley ’11, and Prentice each totaled six.

Both squads will continue play on Tuesday, Nov. 25. MIT will travel to Lasell College while Eastern Nazarene will host Newbury College.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff