MWP Concludes Regular Season Against MIT, Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS - The Iona College men's water polo team concluded its 2016 regular season with losses against MIT and No. 10 Harvard. The Maroon and Gold (9-20, 1-9) fell to the Engineers 12-8 and were defeated by the Harvard Crimson 17-7.
GAME 1 VS. MIT (8-12)
Freshman Quinn Lloyd and junior Zach Roper scored two goals each to lead the Gaels on offense. Junior Patrick Judge, junior Marc Stauble, freshman Cullen Seipp, and senior Anthony Zdanavicius each found the back of the net once.
In goal, freshman Jorge Andres Torres stopped twelve Engineer shots and collected six steals. Overall on the defensive end, the Maroon and Gold collected 11 steals and five blocks. Iona drew nine MIT kickouts and were ejected 12 times.
The Engineers opened the scoring 40 seconds into the contest. Stauble knotted the score at 1-1after a goal of his own with 5:05 remaining. The teams traded goals within the next minute, with the latter strike coming from the arm of Zdanavacius. The Maroon and Gold conceded another goal with 1:58 remaining as the Engineers took a 3-2 advantage into the second quarter.
MIT struck first in the second quarter with 6:49 remaining before Lloyd tallied a pair of goals to deadlock the game at 4-4. With 2:48 left before the half, the Engineers mustered up a goal before Roper responded 1:05 later to pull the score even at 5-5. MIT took a 6-5 lead on their final possession of the half, as the Gaels found themsevles at a one goal deficit at halftime.
An Engineers' goal 2:03 into the third quarter was equalized nine seconds later by Roper's second goal to pull the Gaels back within one, 7-6. The Maroon and Gold would allow two more goals by the opposition in the final 1:14 of the quarter, as they looked up at the scoreboard trailing by three at the end of the third.
MIT continued to roll in the fourth quarter, tallying the first score of the quarter with 6:08 remaining to put the Iona deficit at 10-6. Judge pulled the gaels within three with just 2:48 to go in the contest. Seipp scored the Gaels' final goal of the game, with the Gaels on the wrong end of a 12-8 score.
GAME 2 VS. No. 10 HARVARD (7-17)
Junior Jonathan Hulbert paced the way for the Gaels on the offensive end, scoring three goals, while senior Hudson Grieve scored twice, and junior Marc Stauble and sophomore Bailey Lions each scring once.
The Maroon and Gold held strong in the first quarter, finding themselves tied after eight minutes of play. Hulbert scored the first goal of the contest, finding the back of the net 1:49 in. The Crimson would tally the next two before Grieve knotted thd score at 2-2 with 3:01 left in the quarter. The Gaels quickly responded after a Harvard goal with 31 seconds remaining, as Hulbert scored his second of the game with 12 seconds remaining. The Gaels and Crimson were deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of the opening frame.
Iona struggled coming out of the gate in the second quarter, as they conceded five goals in the first 4:27 of play. Grieve haulted the Crimson rally with his second goal of the game to cut the lead to four, 8-4. The Gaels rally would continue as Hulbert completed a hat trick and Lyonds scored his first of the day to bring the Gaels within a pair heading into halftime.
The third quarter saw Harvard add to their lead by three, taking an 12-6 lead with 2:30 remaining in the frame. Stauble found the back of the net to bring the Gaels back within five before the Crimson struck back with seven seconds left to bring the Iona deficit back to six, 13-7. Iona was held off the scoresheet in the fourth quarter while conceding four Crimson goals.
Iona will turn its attention to the CWPA Northeast Division Championship this coming weekend as they are slated to take on No. 4 seeded St. Francis Brooklyn. The No. 5 seeded Gaels will look to avenge a sudden-death overtime loss at the hands of the Terriers Friday night at 7:30 PM. If successful, the Maroon and Gold will take on No. 1 seeded Brown University on Saturday night. The Championship game will be held Sunday, Nov. 13 at 12:00 PM.