Background[edit | edit source]
Squads[edit | edit source]
Water Polo[edit | edit source]
- Cambridge, Mass.
2019 men's team[edit | edit source]
- Water Polo Head Coach: Austin Ringheim
- Assistant Coaches: Craig Cheney, Chris Morgan, Kale Rogers, Scott Stephens
- 2019 Record: 7-8 (1-4 NWPC)
- 1 Hayden Niederreiter Sr. Visalia, Calif.
- 1A Conrad Oakes So. Pasadena, Calif.
- 2 Ward Weldon Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii
- 3 Evan Kim Jr. Irvine, Calif.
- Griffin Leonard So. Hermosa Beach, Calif.
- 5 Clyde Huibregtse Sr. New York, N.Y.
- 6 Christian Schillinger Jr. Orinda, Calif.
- 7 Miller Geschke So. Los Altos, Calif.
- 8 Kyle Sandell So. Mountain View, Calif.
- Kevin Downey Jr. Greenwich, Conn.
- 10 John Steele So. Old Greenwich, Conn.
- 11 Pat Stefanou Sr. Old Greenwich, Conn.
- 17 Kaden DiMarco So. Eugene, Ore.
- 24 Sawyer Koetters Fr. Santa Monica, Calif.
The reigning Division III Eastern Champion, the Engineers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) come into the 2019 tournament seeking to join Washington & Lee University (1992, 1993) and Johns Hopkins University (1994-1996; 1998-1999; 2001| 2002; 2004-2006; 2008-2009; 2011-2013) as the only programs to win back-to-back crowns.
A nine-time champion (1991, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) and 13-time runner-up (1994, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017), the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) member institution Engineers could face a familiar foe in the later rounds of the tournament as MIT and Johns Hopkins have met 20 times for the crown (1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) with Johns Hopkins holding a 14-6 mark in the clashes.
MIT is 2-0 against the rest of the 2019 Division III Eastern Championship field with prior games against Connecticut College (18-7 W, September 21), Penn State Behrend (18-8 W, September 21).
The Engineers have faced two other Division III programs with a win over California Lutheran University (7-6 W, September 8) and a loss to Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (10-4 L, October 20)... The inaugural Division III Eastern Champion after knocking off Colby College (21-7 W), Amherst College (20-8 W) and Johns Hopkins (13-10 W) in 1991, MIT has not appeared in the title game four times (1992, 1993, 1995, 2009). In 2009 at Washington & Jefferson College, the Engineers elected not to compete in the tournament.
In 1992, MIT downed the United States Merchant Marine Academy (20-4 W), fell to Hopkins (11-9 L) and overcame Williams College (11-3 W) to finish Third. The team repeated in Third Place in 1993 by facing Bowdoin College (21-4 W), Hopkins (26-10 L) and Williams (13-10 W)... Similar to 2009, MIT did not play in the 1995 event.
First-year MIT head coach Austin Ringheim has a special connection to potential weekend opponent Austin College. Named head coach in August 2019, he previously served as an assistant men's and women's water polo coach during the 2018-19 academic year under former MIT head coach Mark Lawrence during the inaugural season of varsity competition at the college. The 2016 Whittier College graduate helped Lawrence steer the Kangaroos to the 2019 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Women's Division III Championship title game and Second Place finish.