ERIE, Pa.--The Connecticut College men's water polo team wrapped up a historic weekend of action in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania by falling to top seeded MIT, 17-8, in the Championship match of the Division III Championship.
Connecticut College (9-13) advanced to today's match by knocking off Washington & Jefferson College and Monmouth College of Illinois.
The Camels and the Engineers were locked up in a 2-2 tie after one quarter of action, but MIT out-scored the Camels 5-2 in the second to pull away. Things were sitting at 8-5 with five minutes left in the third when MIT struck for two quick goals in a span of 30 seconds to make it 10-5. The period ended with the Camels behind 13-6.
Heros scored three more goals while earning four kickouts Sunday to lead the Camels offensively. Pinckert, Chase Lesniak (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), Stephan Cress (Rockford, Mich.), Sean King (La Cañada, Calif.) and Rahul Gill (Bethesda, Md.) all contributed with single markers for Head Coach Matt Anderson's Camels.
The Camels hope to use the momentum of their second place Division III finish as they head into the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship in two weeks. Connecticut College is seeded third, and will open with Division I La Salle in the quarterfinals
"We had a bad five minutes in the third that allowed them to extend a lead on us that we couldn't recover from," Connecticut College Head Men's Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson said. "Their goalie blocked two five meters and had a save total in the teens. He was on fire. When you're playing a better team and their best player gets hot-it's a double edged sword. The players, especially the seniors are extremely proud to have had the opportunity to have the best season in Connecticut College water polo history and to end with an appearance in the D3 championship game. Now we get back to work to tackle the D1 and D2 teams at our conference Championship."
The Camels will host the Brown Bears Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match in Lott Natatorium.