Sports Shorts

Water polo beat Fordham, taking seventh place in CWPA Eastern Championship

The water polo team won against Fordham University in a tight game with a final score of 7-6, taking seventh place in the CWPA Eastern Championship. The game began with a strong offense from MIT, gaining a 2-1 lead. However, Fordham quickly caught up, taking the lead from the Engineers.

Entering the fourth quarter of the game, the Engineers trailed Fordman 6-4. MIT’s Brian C. Gardiner ’11 and Matthew R. Chapa ’12 scored, bringing the game to a tie of 6-6. With 1:34 left on the clock, John V. Preis ’11 scored, leading to the Engineers’ victory. The team ends this season with a 13-12 record.

—Shelley Ackerman, Associate Editor

The women’s basketball team defeated Wilkes University 62-55 in the Golden Bear Hoop Classic at Western New England College on Saturday for their first win of the season.

In the back-and-forth first half, the Engineers got out to a quick 11-4 lead, but Wilkes responded with a 11-2 lead to go ahead by two. The game remained close, and MIT entered halftime up by three, 34-31.

The MIT offense came alive in the second half, coming out of the break with a 8-3 run. With just under ten minutes left, MIT extended its lead to eleven - the biggest advantage of the night for either team — and held on for the win.

Rebecca Odim ’13 led the Engineers with ten points in twelve minutes, and the team got 31 of its 62 points off the bench. They also controlled the glass, outrebounding Wilkes 54-38 and outscoring their opponents 24-14 inside the paint. Anna L. Merrifield ’13 contributed 17 of MIT’s boards.

After the game, Lauren S. Burton ’13 was named to the All-Tournament team. MIT next faces Pine Manor College at home on Tuesday, November 23.

—David Zhu, Sports Editor