September 11, 2011

Water Polo Drops Three to Ranked Teams; Rebounds with Win Over George Washington

Princeton, NJ- The Brown men's water polo team went 1-3 this weekend during the Princeton Invitational defeating George Washington 8-6, but falling to No. 19 St. Francis 11-7 in double overtime, No. 14 Santa Clara 6-5, and 11-6 to No. 17 Princeton.

James McNamara led the offense with four goals, two assists and four steals during Brown's loss to St. Francis on Saturday afternoon. The Terriers came out hot in the first quarter scoring three goals to Brown's one, but Bruno roared back in the second outscoring St. Francis 4-1 to head into intermission with a 5-4 lead.

Both squads tallied one goal apiece in the third quarter, but St. Francis came up with the tying goal in the fourth the send the game into extra quarters. The Terriers knocked in two unanswered goals in the first overtime, and outscored Bruno 3-1 in the second to come away with the 11-7 victory.

"I think defensiely we did some really good things but we made enough critical mistakes offensively that our opponents capitalized on," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "I know we will learn from this and hopefully turn it around in our next few games."

Walker Shockley led the defensive effort with eight saves in the cage, while also scoring for the Bears was Nick Deaver, Grant Villeneauve and Svetozar Stefanovic. Deaver also posted two steals and three saves, while Stefanovic drew six ejections.

Against Santa Clara, both teams scored one goal apiece in both the first and second quarters, but Santa Clara gained the lead by outscoring Bruno 3-2 in the third to take a 5-4 lead. Brown and Santa Clara tallied one goal each in the fourth to give Santa Clara the one-goal victory.

Scoring for the Bears was Toby Espinosa, Dean Serure, Michael Hartwick, Villeneuve, and Stefanovic. James McNamara added three assists and five steals to help the Bears, while Cyrus Mojdehi picked up three steals.

Walker Shockley led the defense with eight saves and two steals.

The Bears tried to bounce back against Princeton with the help of Stefanovic leading the way with three goals, but the 17th ranked Tigers proved to be too tough as the earned an 11-6 win.

Princeton outscored Brown 3-2 in the first, but the Bears went goal-for-goal with the Tigers in the third scoring three apiece keeping the Bears within one heading into halftime.

The Tigers came out of the half fired up and outscored Brown 3-0 in the third and 2-1 in the fourth to gain an 11-6 advantage to win the game.

Following Stefanovic in scoring was Villeneuve, McNamara and Mojdehi with one goal apiece, while Shockley picked up six saves in the cage for Bruno.

But the Bears came back strong against George Washington and ended the tournament on a high note picking up an 8-6 victory with the help of Stefanovic's five goals to lead the Brown attack.

The Bears blanked the Colonials in the first quarter knocking in five goals in the first eight minutes, but George Washington was able to outscore Brown 2-1 in the second and 3-0 in the third. Brown came up with some big goals in the fourth and outscored GW 2-1 to take home an 8-6 win.

Shockley led the defense with six saves, while also adding to the offense was Mojdehi with two goals and Serure with one.

The Bears are back in action at the North/South Challenge Sept. 17-18.