October 30, 2011

Men’s Water Polo Team Crowned Ivy Champions

Cambridge, MA- The Brown University men's water polo team defeated Harvard 15-5 and went on to dominate Princeton 16-5 to be named Ivy Champions at the men's water polo Ivy Championships hosted at Harvard this weekend.

The Bears used the strength of Henry Fox's five goals, three assists and seven steals, as well as Svetozar Stefanovic's five goals, two steals and eight ejections drawn to defeat the Tigers in the championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Brown got off to a great start taking a 5-1 lead over the Tigers, but both knocked in four goals each in the second quarter to give the Bears a small 9-5 advantage at halftime. Brown's defense buckled down with the help of Walker Shockley's eight saves in the cage to shut down the Princeton offense in the final two quarter as the Bears poured in seven goals to end the game in their favor, 16-5. 

Adding to the offense was James McNamara with three goals, an assist and a steal, while Chris Culin, Michael Hartwick and Grant Villeneuve knocked in one each. Nick Deaver handed out four assists and picked up two steals and Culin swiped two steals.

Against Harvard, Fox led the offense with four goals, two assists and a steal while the Bears earned a 15-5 win over the host Crimson.

Brown shut down Harvard in the first to take a 6-0 lead after the first eight minutes of play, and built an 8-4 lead by the intermission. Brown kept Harvard off the scoreboard again in the third quarter and poured in four goals of its own, and then outscored Harvard 3-2 in the fourth to earn the win.

McNamara, Cyrus Mojdehi and Hartwick added two goals apiece, while Deaver, Villeneuve, Toby Espinosa, Eric Robb and Stefanovic knocked in one. Deaver and McNamara handed out three assists, while Stefanovic had a team-high four steals and Espinosa added two steals and two assists in the win.

Leading the defense was Walker Shockley with two saves and three steals, and Andrew Brown had two saves and one steal.

The Bears will be back in action at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 against MIT at Wheaton College. Brown will honor its three seniors, Cyrus Mojdehi, Marcus Gartner and Toby Espinosa, prior to the match.