WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Connecticut College men's water polo team split its opening two games against a pair of NCAA Division II opponents at a tournament hosted by Washington & Jefferson on Saturday afternoon. The Camels dropped an 18-13 decision to Mercyhurst before rebounding to earn an 18-15 win over McKendree.
Mercyhurst 18, Connecticut College 13
Mercyhurst scored the first three goals and led from start-to-finish. Sophomore Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) closed the gap to 4-3 with a marker in the final minute of the opening quarter, but the Lakers scored quickly in the second and held off the Camels the rest of the way.
Connecticut College 18, McKendree 15
Connecticut College picked up its first win of the season in comeback fashion. McKendree led by a 4-3 score after the first quarter, but back-to-back markers by junior Jake Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and senior Stephan Cress (Rockford, Mich.) in the early stages of the second quarter gave the Camels a lead they would never relinquish.
Cress notched five goals to pace the offense, and senior Jake Pescatore (New Haven, Conn.) added three apiece.
Connecticut College (1-5) concludes tournament play when it faces Monmouth and Salem International tomorrow morning.