October 3, 2013

Men’s Water Polo Slated for Three-Game Weekend Series

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the first time since Sep. 15, the Brown men's water polo team will take to the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center for Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division action when the Bears host Connecticut College on Friday followed by MIT and No. 16 St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday. Brown (9-6, 4-2 CWPA North) takes on the Camels (1-10) on Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then faces the Engineers (4-9, 4-5 CWPA North) on Saturday at 12 p.m. and the Terriers (8-4, 3-1 CWPA North) at 7 p.m.

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SCOUTING THE CAMELS

The Camels have not won since the first time they traveled to College Hill this season. An 11-10 win over Washington & Jefferson in Connecticut's second game of the year gave way to nine straight losses, but the Camels did receive votes in this week's CWPA Varsity Division III national poll.

Goals have been hard to come by as Connecticut has scored a combined six goals in their last two contests, but Nick DiLeo and William Bogle each recorded two goals in last weekend's doubleheader at Harvard and MIT.

Earlier this season, the Bears unleashed a flurry of goals in a 17-5 win over the Camels that saw junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.), sophomore Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and freshman Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) all score three times in the second game of the Bruno Fall Classic.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS

Brown looks to secure its third win in as many meetings against MIT on Saturday as the Bears catch the Engineers on a streak of six losses in their last eight games. One of those setbacks came at the hands of the Bears in a 15-9 decision in Cambridge, Mass., thanks to a three-goal effort by sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.).

Ory Tasman propels the MIT offense with 23 goals on the season, followed closely by Kale Rogers with 18. Defensively, the Engineers have three players with at least 21 steals, and go-to goalie Nolan Kruse has made 67 saves to 61 goals allowed.

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS

The Bears have been unable to crack the code to beat nationally-ranked St. Francis Brooklyn this season as a pair of losses were decided by a combined three goals. Brown fell 11-9 to the No. 16 Terriers on the final day of the Bruno Fall Invitational and then dropped a 16-15 overtime decision in New York the following weekend.

St. Francis Brooklyn remained locked in the 16th position in the national poll after splitting its home contests on Sep. 22. The Terriers suffered their first loss in five games with a 14-11 defeat to Harvard before turning things around with an 18-10 win over MIT. St. Francis Brooklyn is led by a trio of highly-effective scorers in Vuk Vujosevic (26 goals, 50.00 goal percentage) Ilija Djuretic (26 goals, 40.63 goal percentage) and Laza Komadinic (22 goals, 47.83 percentage) who account of over half of the team's offense.

LAST TIME OUT

Last weekend, Brown triumphed over MIT, 15-9, and dropped a tight 6-5 contest at Harvard. Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) continued to provide reliable scoring for the Bears with a combined six goals on the day.

UP NEXT


Brown hosts another three league contests next weekend when Harvard comes to town on Friday while Fordham and Iona face the Bears on Saturday.