September 21, 2013

No. 17 Men's Water Polo Falls to No. 14 St. Francis, Routes Fordham in New York Swing

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) scored a combined eight goals over two games as the No. 17 Brown men's water polo team dropped a 16-15 overtime decision at No. 14 St. Francis Brooklyn before earning a 17-5 win at Fordham on Saturday. Brown moves to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division, while the Terriers are 6-3 and the Rams stand at 5-5.

GAME 1

St. Francis Brooklyn 16

Brown 15

Goals: Fox 6, Smith 3, Gallas 2, Deaver 2, McNamara 1, Klein 1

Saves: Shockley 7

Overtime proved necessary to decide a tightly-contested battle between the Bears and the Terriers, who extended their 11-year home win streak with the win. Fox scored six goals, including a late tally to pull within 15-14, but a breakaway goal for St. Francis Brooklyn widened the margin that held up despite a goal from junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) with 1:16 remaining. Terrier freshman Ilija Djuretic was the difference maker with a game-high eight goals, and Brown goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) made seven saves in the setback.

GAME 2

Brown 17

Fordham 5

Goals: Wyatt 3, Irwin 3, Fox 2, Klein 2, Smith 2, Gallas 1, Deaver 1, McNamara 1, Lee 1

Saves: Shockley 6 (1st half), Brown 2 (3rd quarter), Weiser 2 (4th quarter)

A truly balanced attack propelled Brown to a 17-5 win over Fordham that saw nine Bears find the back of the net. Freshman Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) led Brown with three goals, while freshmen Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) each finished with two goals. The Bears used a committee effort in the net, with Shockley making six saves in the first half and junior Andrew Brown (Western Springs, Ill.) and freshman Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos) each stopping two shots in a quarter of play apiece.

The Bears complete their New York swing tomorrow with a Northern Division tilt at Iona at 12 p.m.