CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's water polo team split a pair of games against its competition on the opening day of the CWPA Division III Championships on Saturday afternoon at MIT. The Camels, who are seeded third in the six-team tournament, first fell to second-seeded Johns Hopkins by a 15-8 decision before regrouping to defeat sixth-seeded Washington & Jefferson by a 13-6 score later in the day.
Johns Hopkins 15, Connecticut College 8
After a competitive first quarter which ended with the teams separated by a goal, Johns Hopkins outscored the Camels by a 5-1 margin in the second quarter to take control the rest of the way. Connecticut College held 2-1 and 3-2 advantages in the early going, but the Blue Jays netted six unanswered and never looked back.
Connecticut College 13, Washington & Jefferson 6
Connecticut College broke a 1-1 deadlock against the Presidents by scoring four times in a row and never surrendered the lead. The Camels utilized a balanced attack and got their first five goals from four different players during the first half. Another four-goal spurt in the final quarter, which was capped by consecutive markers from senior Stephan Cress (Rockford, Mich.), sealed the victory for the Camels.
Cress scored a combined six goals to pace the Connecticut College offense, while sophomore Arturo Freitas (Weston, Fla.) found the back of the net five times. The team got solid contributions from both netminders, as freshman Tanner Michaelis (Ramona, Calif.) made nine saves and added three steals against Johns Hopkins before senior Matthew Wagman (Atlanta, Ga.) turned away 12 shots through three quarters to pick up the win versus the Presidents.
Connecticut College (4-10) wraps up tournament play tomorrow when it faces fourth-seeded Penn State Behrend in the third-place game at 10:45 a.m.