No. 17 Men’s Water Polo Tops MIT, Falls at Harvard

No. 17 Men’s Water Polo Tops MIT, Falls at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) scored a combined six goals over two Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division games to help the No. 17 Brown men's water polo team beat MIT, 15-9, before dropping a narrow contest at Harvard, 6-5. The Bears moves to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in Division play.

Senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) chipped in four goals on the day, while sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) scored three times in the win over the Engineers. Senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) manned the net from start to finish in both games and made a total of 22 saves.

Against the Crimson, who are receiving votes in the latest CWPA national poll, Brown used a three-goal second quarter to force a 4-4 tie at the half. Goals proved hard to come by for either side in the second half, however, as Harvard scored twice and shut out the Bears in the third. Brown returned the favor and held the hosts scoreless in the final quarter, but a lone Bears goal was not enough and the Crimson held on for the 6-5 win.

"They played a very good defensive game and we did not convert our power plays," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Hats off to them. We will get back to work and be ready for our league games next week."

Brown returns to action next weekend with a three-game slate at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The Bears host Connecticut College on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before taking on MIT and No. 16 St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday.