No. 16 United States Naval Academy Manages Division III No. 8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 19-11, to Claim Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship Semifinal Berth
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Carpenter Warren (So., Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall College) nailed down five goals to earn Player of the Game accolades and key the No. 16-ranked Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy to a 19-11 victory over the Division III No. 8-ranked Engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship at Brown University.
A nine-time league champion (1986-88, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2006-08), Navy (18-14) claimed its ninth consecutive win to move within two victories of the 10th CWPA Championship and 28th 20-win season in program history. Further, it puts the Midshipmen into the semifinals as Navy will compete at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, against the victor of a quarterfinal pitting No. 17 Harvard University versus No. 18 Princeton University with a spot in the CWPA Championship title game at stake.
In a game that featured 30 goals, 24 exclusions, 21 saves and 12 different goal scorers, Navy was faced with rallying back from an early deficit and holding off a last first half run by the Engineers to claim the win.
Down 1-0 following a strike by Jack Clark (Jr., Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) on a man-up chance just 36 seconds into the game, Southern Division Player of the Year Carl Dowzicky (So., Collegeville, Pa./Germantown Academy) tied the game for Navy with 6:38 on the clock. However, back-to-back tallies by Ory Tasman (So., Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) at the 6:22 and 5:54 marks put the Engineers back in front and shifted the momentum to MIT.
The Midshipmen volleyed back with a pair of special teams plays as Will Weggeland (So., Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) stroked in a man-up marker at 5:31 and Sean McDonald (Sr., Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) launched a frozen rope past MIT goalie Nolan Kruse (Fr., Orcutt, Calif./St. Joseph) at 5:04 to balance the scoreboard at three-all.
However, MIT engineered a run of its own as Tasman finished on even-strength (2:56) and man-up (2:07) chances to provide his team a 5-3 lead prior to Thomas Patterson (Jr., Orange, Calif./El Modena) splitting the defense for a marker with 50 seconds left in the opening quarter to close the gap to 5-4 in favor of the Engineers prior to the horn.
The goal appeared to shift the momentum in favor of the Blue & Gold as Warren knotted the score at five-all in the dawning minutes of the second quarter (6:15). Kale Rogers (So., Newberg, Ore./Newberg) returned the scoring advantage to MIT with a blast at the 5:50 mark, but man-up and penalty shot scores by McDonald with 5:30 and 3:21 on the clock, respectively, provided Navy its first lead at 7-6.
For the first time, MIT had to rally back as Rogers zipped a ball past the outstretched arms of Navy goalie Garrett Sabesky (So., Lakeside, Calif./Coronado) on a man-up chance with 2:17 until the halftime horn to make it seven-all, but Robert Sutherland (So., Denton, Texas/Ryan/The Hill School) responded 40 seconds later (1:37) with a natural tally to place the Mids ahead 8-7 at the break.
For Navy, Sutherland's score ignited an offensive onslaught as Patterson (6:38, even), Warren (5:47, man-up; 3:43, even; 2:38, penalty shot) and McDonald (4:07) riddled Kruse and the cage for five goals to start the third quarter and push the Mids to a 13-7 lead.
The teams traded goals over the remainder of the quarter as Matthew Orton (So., Los Altos Hills, Calif./Los Altos) and Rogers posted even-strength scores at 2:28 and 52 seconds, respectively, while Dowzicky rifled in natural (1:40) and man-up (34 seconds) scores to make it 15-9 at the conclusion of the frame.
Navy iced the win in the first 2:30 of the fourth quarter thanks to the fifth goals from both Warren and McDonald as the duo notched six-on-six (7:26) and six-on-five (5:35) strikes, respectively, to place the Midshipmen comfortably in front at 17-9.
Clark attempted one final time to make the game interesting by sweeping in a shot 10 seconds after McDonald's fifth successful shot to close MIT to within 17-10 with 5:25 to go, but Lucas McClellan (So., Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) recovered the score with one of his own at 4:20 to return the lead to eight at 18-10.
Following a yellow card to Navy head coach Mladen Stanicic following McClellan's tally, Taylor Setness (Sr., Stockton, Calif./Saint Mary's) put the Mids' offense to rest by notching a score at 3:18 for a 19-10 lead.
The Engineers finished out the game with one final blast as Tasman shattered a stretch of 23:51 during which Navy held him without a goal by burying his fifth score of the afternoon on a man-up chance (2:16) for the 19-11 final score.
For Navy, McDonald and Warren led the way with five goals apiece, while Dowzicky and Patterson tacked on three and two markers to more than account for MIT's offensive output.
In cage, Sabesky stopped 13 shots before giving way to Tyler Barker (Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) who posted two saves in mop-up duty over the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
Tasman led the way for the Engineers to with with McDonanld and Warren for the game-high in goals. Rogers joined the trio and Dowzicky in registering hat-tricks, while Clark chipped in two scores. Kruse suffered the loss for MIT with six saves.
MIT will next be in action at 3:00 on Saturday, November 23, against the loser of the Princeton-Harvard game with a spot in the fifth place game on the line.
|Division III No. 8 Massachusetts Institute of
|No. 16 United States Naval Academy
Navy Goals: Sean
McDonald (5); Carpenter Warren (5); Carl Dowzicky (3); Thomas
Patterson (2); Taylor Setness; Lucas MacLellan; Robert Sutherland;
MIT Goals: Ory Tasman (5); Kale Rogers (3); Jack Clark (2); Matthew Orton
Saves: Navy - Garrett Sabesky (13), Tyler Barker (2) ; MIT - Nolan Kruse (6)
Exclusions: Navy - 11 ; MIT - 13
Advantage Opportunities: Navy - 8-for-13 ; MIT - 4-for-11
Sprints: Navy - 2-for-4 (1st, 2nd) ; MIT - 2-for-4 (3rd, 4th)
Cards: Navy - Head Coach Mladen Stanicic (4:20 left in 4th quarter)
Officials: Scott Voltz, Josh Kratz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Matthew Orton