California Trip Ends 1-5 for Men's Water Polo

NEW YORK (AP) - The men's water polo team traveled to California this past weekend for a three-day, six-game tour of the West Coast. The Bears ended up 1-5, dropping a number of one-goal games and winning their last contest of the trip against Chapman. On Thursday, Brown faced Chaminade and Cal Baptist, losing both games by only one goal. They played to an 8-7 overtime loss against the Hawaiian University Chaminade in their first contest.

Leading the way for Brown was Doug Kezirian (Los Angeles, CA) with three goals, while Gordon Freeman (Riverside, CA), Tyson Dirksen (Los Altos Hill, CA), Tyler Korte (St. Louis, MO), and Jamie Litten (Orinda, CA) all contributed one. In goal, Mike McGaraghan (Palo Alto, CA) made 10 saves for the Bears.

Against Cal Baptist, Brown had another close game, dropping the contest 6-5. Four different Bear's scored, including Kezirian and Litten with one apiece and Korte with two. McGaraghan made 13 saves in the net for Brown.

On Friday, the team faced two more competitors and continued to have trouble in the pool. The team first played against #16 University of Laverne, losing 7-4 as four different players notched one goal apiece, and McGaraghan registered a weekend-high 14 saves in goal. The Bears faced Claremont next, and were just edged out by a score 7-6. Both Kezirian and Litten had two goals in the effort, while Dirksen and Korte each had one. Once again, McGaraghan played in the net and recorded seven saves.

Brown had two more games on Saturday before ending its tour, and split the day with a win and a loss. Playing at Pomona and facing Whittier, Brown lost another one-goal game 8-7, with Doug Kezirian leading the offense and scoring three goals. McGaraghan made nine saves in the effort. The team finally found its first win against Chapman, finsihing with a 9-8 victory. Once again, Kezirian led the way with three goals, while Doug Grutzmacher (Sacramento, CA) notched two in the game. Freeman, Dirksen, and Nate Hughes (Honolulu, HI) all added one in the Brown win. McGaraghan recorded six saves in goal, bringing his weekend save total to an impressive 59 for the Bears.

Senior Doug Kezirian led all Brown scorers with 13 goals for the weekend, while seniors Jamie Litten and Tyler Korte were in second and third with seven and six goals, respectively.

The water polo team, who drops to 7-16 overall, plays in its next tournament this coming weekend in New York, when the Bears travel to King's Point to take on Boston College and M.I.T.