October 28, 2012

No. 12 Brown Water Polo Advances to Ivy Championship Game

NEW HAVEN, CONN. – The No. 12 Brown men's water polo team defeated both Dartmouth and Harvard to advance to the championship game vs. Princeton during the Ivy Championship hosted at Yale on Sunday. However, due to Hurricane Sandy and the closure of the bridges down to New Jersey, the Tigers were not able to stay and play in the championship game. No champion was crowned.

In Brown's first victory over the Big Green, the Bears rolled to a 21-8 victory with the help of Svetozar Stefanovic's five goals, and Nick Deaver's three goals, four assists and five steals.

The Bears outscored Dartmouth 4-2 in the first eight minutes, and then jumped out to a 9-3 lead by halftime. The Bears had a big third quarter with a 7-2 advantage over Dartmouth, and followed it up with a 5-3 performance in the fourth to earn the 21-8 victory.

Also adding to the Bears' scoring was Henry Fox with three goals, followed by Hank Lee, Cyrus Mojdehi, and Chris Culin with two each. James McNamara, Will Klein, Matty Gallas and Dean Serure also pitched in with one goal apiece.

Walker Shockley led the defense with six saves in the first half of the game, and Andrew Brown tallied four saves in the second.

The Bears then challenged Harvard in the semi-finals and defeated the Crimson 19-5. Brown shut out the Crimson in the first quarter, 8-0, and then edged Harvard 3-1 in the second to gain an 11-1 lead at the intermission. Brown went on for a 4-1 third and a 4-3 fourth to earn the 19-5 victory.

Fox led the attack with five goals, followed by Klein with four. McNamara was next with three goals, followed by Culin and Nick Deaver with two. Also scoring was Michael Hartwick, Grant Villeneuve and Stefanovic with one each.

Shockley earned three saves in the cage during the first two quarters, and Brown came in to earn five saves in the second half.