PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Balanced scoring and goalkeeping efforts led the No. 16 Brown men's water polo victory to a pair of victories in day one of the Bruno Fall Classic as the Bears defeated Connecticut College, 17-5, and Harvard, 9-8, while falling to No. 3 Stanford, 23-3, at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.
Nine different Bears found the back of the net and three goalies saw playing time over the three contests. Junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.), junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) and sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) each tallied five goals to lead Brown, while senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) made 17 saves over two appearances, including an 11-save performance in the narrow victory over Ivy League rival Harvard.
Brown hung tight with the third-ranked Cardinal, 5-2, after one quarter of action in the Bears' opening game, but Stanford struck for 18 goals over the next three quarters to pull out a commanding 23-3 victory. Junior goalie Andrew Brown (Western Springs, Ill.) and freshman keeper Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) each made a pair of saves in a quarter of defense.
As stifling as Stanford was, the Bears' offense sparked to life against the Camels of Connecticut College and Brown marched to a 17-5 win behind three-goal performances by Deaver, freshman Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). Deaver and Gallas added four steals apiece to go with their combined six goals. Brown and Weiser split the goaltending duties and allowed just three and two goals, respectively.
The Bears used a six-goal fourth quarter rally to upend the Crimson, 9-8, in their final match of the day. Trailing by as much a 7-4 in the final period, Gallas potted the tying marker followed by the game-winner by Smith. Shockley's 11 saves and two steals allowed the Brown offense to mount its comeback, while a combined 12 steals for the Bears prompted the late momentum shift.
Brown returns to action today with contests against UC Irvine and Washington and Jefferson.