Second-Half Offensive Surge Pushes Water Polo Past M.I.T, 19-11
Nov. 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Navy water polo squad advanced to the CWPA Semifinals with a win over M.I.T, 19-11, on Friday at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence. The Mids will face the winner of Harvard and the winner of Princeton/Iona on Saturday at 5:40 p.m.
"The score doesn't show it, but it was not an easy game," said head coach Mladen Stanicic. "Our defense wasn't clicking early and we were barely keeping up. Once we cleaned up our defense, the counter-attack did its job and we are able to get a comfortable cushion. In turn, we were able to reach deeper into the bench."
Senior Sean McDonald (Landsdale, Pa.) and sophomore Carpenter Warren (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Mids with five goals a piece on the offensive end. On the defensive side, Navy had four players record two steals.
The 10th-seeded M.I.T came out strong in the first quarter, holding a 5-4 edge. During the first eight minutes of play, the Engineers were able to hold a two-goal lead twice with sophomore Ory Tasman pacing the squad with four goals.
Second-seeded Navy flipped the script and took control of the final three quarters. The Mids went on a 5-2 run in the second period to grab a 9-7 lead at the half and never let go. McDonald scored two of his five goals in the period to spark the offensive charge.
Then in the second half, Navy went on a 10-4 run in the final 16 minutes. Warren helped extend the Mids lead with three of his five goals in the third period to put the match out of reach for M.I.T.
Navy's goalkeeper Garret Sabesky (Lakeside, Calif.) recorded four assists and two steals in the win between the pipes.