November 6, 2011

St. Francis Defeats Brown 10-9 in Five Overtimes in Northern Division Championship Game

Boston, MA- In the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship game hosted at MIT, the Brown University men's water polo team fell, 10-9,  to St. Francis in five overtime periods.  Sophomore James McNamara led the attack with four goals while Walker Shockley carried the defense as he tallied 18 saves in the cage. 

Trailing 6-3 at the half, the Brown defense held St. Francis to just three goals the rest of the way in regulation while McNamara, Svetozar Stefanovic, and Nick Deaver helped the offense evening the score at 9-9 sending the game into overtime. 

In the first four overtimes, two of which were sudden death, both teams defensively were relentless.  Brown played most of the overtime without three starters who had fouled out, but it didn't stop the Bears from continuing to try to take any opportunities that were given. 

In addition to his four goals, McNamra added six steals, and two saves, while Stefanovic tallied three goals and Deaver added two goals and seven steals. 

In the end, St. Francis drew an exclusion and converted in the fifth overtime to win the game.  The Bears will now have two weeks to rebound and be ready to play at the Eastern Championship with an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Final Four.  They are scheduled to play Bucknell at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 at Harvard's Blodgett Pool.