No. 20 Men’s Water Polo Splits Pair of One-Goal Contests at Santa Clara Rodeo
BROWN 4 1 3 3 - 11
CONCORDIA 3 1 4 2 - 10
Goals: Deaver 3, McNamara 3, Fox 2, Klein 1, Smith 1, Villeneuve 1
Saves: Shockley 12
BROWN 3 3 3 0 - 9
SANTA CLARA 1 2 4 3 - 10
Goals: Fox 4, Gallas 2, Klein 2, Wyatt 1
Saves: Shockley 9
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Continuing its streak of nail biting contests, the No. 20 Brown men's water polo team played a pair of nationally-ranked opponents to one-goal decisions, beating No. 10 Concordia, 11-10, before falling to No. 16 Santa Clara, 10-9, in day two of the Santa Clara Rodeo Tournament on Saturday. Brown moves to 16-11 overall heading into its final day of regular season play.
Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) combined for six goals, including a team-best four in the nightcap, while senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) poured in the game-winner in the opener to cap a three-goal fourth quarter stunner that sealed the comeback victory. Senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) made a total of 21 saves between the two contests.
Brown used a four-goal opening frame to take a narrow lead over Concordia, but the Eagles answered with four of their own in the third to tie things at 8-8 headed into the fourth quarter. McNamara scored twice to put the Bears up 10-9, but a Concordia goal with 2:07 left in regulation knotted the score again. McNamara wasn't finished, however, and sank the go-ahead tally with just 1:16 to go to help his team prevail.
After falling behind to the Bears at halftime, 6-3, host squad Santa Clara used a four-goal third quarter to position the Broncos for a devastating fourth-quarter rally. Matt Godar provided the equalizer and the dagger for Santa Clara, flushing the tying goal before sinking the winning shot with only 11 seconds left in regulation.
The Bears wrap up their regular season tomorrow with two more tilts, taking on No. 11 UC Davis at 1:40 p.m. EST and Fresno Pacific at 7 p.m. EST.