Providence, RI- The No. 20 Brown University men's water polo team opened its 2012 season at their new home, the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, with a 4-0 start with victories over Fordham (13-5), Chicago (12-8), Metro Boston (16-6) and No. 18 St. Francis (11-9).
The Bears completed their night with a big 9-8 victory over Northern Division foe St. Francis (N.Y.). Junior Svetozar Stefanovic, who combined for four goals against the Terriers, started off the offense by scoring 3:56 left in the first quarter. The lead didn't last long as St. Francis' Vuk Vujosevic put one past Brown's Walker Shockley just 20 second later to even the score.
Luka Vukomanovic's goal at the 2:50 mark gave the Terriers a 2-1 edge, but Stefanovic knocked one in with 1:09 on the clock to tie the score. However, two quick goals by St. Francis put the Terriers ahead 4-2 heading into the second quarter.
Stefanovic and James Mcnamara tied the score in the first few minutes of the second quarter, but Vukomanovic netted one with 35 seconds remaining to take back the lead. Brown's Nick Deaver tallied a goal with just four seconds left in the half to tie the score at 5-5.
St. Francis starts off the third quarter with two goals and held Bruno scoreless the entire eight minutes. McNamara scores 30 seconds into the fourth quarter and Stefanovic evened the score at 7-7 at the 5:39 mark. But St. Francis's Marko Gencic notched a goal with 3:01 remaining to take a one-goal lead.
Against Fordham, the Bears dominated on offense taking an 8-0 lead midway through the second quarter before the Rams got on the scoreboard with 1:49 left on the clock. A score by Michael Hartwick gave the Bears a 9-1 lead, but the Rams closed out the quarter with a goal with just six seconds left on the clock.
Bruno continued to roll in the third quarter outscoring Fordham 4-3 , and then 2-1 in the fourth to secure the 13-5 win.
The Bears also defeated Chicago, 12-8, and Metro Boston 16-6.
Photo of Henry Fox by dspics.net.