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Men’s Water Polo Drops Two Matches to Division I Opponents

John Krill

BRONX, N.Y. – The Connecticut College men's water polo team dropped a pair of matches to Division I opponents on Saturday afternoon at Fordham's Messmore Aquatic Center. The Camels fell to the host Rams, 18-1, in the morning before losing by a 13-6 decision to Iona later in the day.

Fordham 18, Connecticut College 1

Connecticut College surrendered the first 12 goals of the match against Fordham and never recovered to start the day.

Freshman Mike Gertsik (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored for the Camels, while sophomore Tanner Michaelis (Ramona, Calif.) made five saves in the setback.

Iona 13, Connecticut College 6

The Camels were more competitive in their second match of the day against Iona. The Gaels, however, outscored them 4-1 in each of the first two quarters and never looked back.

Connecticut College had a stronger second half and only got outscored by a 5-4 margin over the last 16 minutes, but the early deficit was too much.

Gertsik paced the offense for the second straight game by scoring twice. Freshman Danny Meisel (Santa Cruz, Calif.) took over goaltending duties at the other end and turned away six shots.

Connecticut College (4-15) returns home to host CWPA Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference matches next weekend. The Camels will first entertain Mercyhurst on Saturday, Oct. 27 at noon before facing Salem later in the day at 6:30 p.m. Jake Smith (Bethesda, Md.), the program's lone senior, will also be recognized prior to the evening contest against the Tigers.