PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Division III No. 5-ranked Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) water polo team dropped matches to the United States Air Force Academy, 13-8, and host Brown University, 16-8, at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
In the early game versus the Falcons, Air Force took control of the contest in the second quarter following a tight first eight minutes of competition. Air Force outscored the Engineers 5-1 to take a 7-2 lead into halftime.
Senior Kyle Sandell (Mountain View, Calif) scored early in the fourth to pull the Engineers within three, but the Falcons responded with back-to-back goals to widen the margin to 11-6.
DiMarco scored again at 4:10 to make it a 11-7 game, but Air Force responded to regain a five-goal lead at 12-7.
The Engineers got another goal from Sandell at 1:30 to once again move within four markers (12-8), but another Air Force strike sealed the win for the Falcons.
DiMarco and Geschke each scored three goals on the game, while Sandell chipped in a pair for the Engineers.
Taking on Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) foe in a non-league showdown, MIT fell behind 3-1, but two goals from Geschke followed by scores from Sandell and Richard Yun (Irvine, Calif.) provided the Engineers a 4-3 lead.
However, the Bears responded with three-straight goals to take a 6-4 lead and then used a seven-goal third quarter to pull ahead 13-6 heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.
Geschke and John Steele (Old Greenwich, Conn.) tallied goals in the fourth for MIT, but Brown slightly outpaced the Engineers for a 16-8 win.
Geschke led the way again for MIT with four goals, while Yun tallied a pair versus the Bears.
Information courtesy Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Athletics Communications