No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Earns Spot in CWPA Northern Championship Third Place Game
#6 Fordham 1 2 0 2 - 5
#3 Brown 2 4 1 2 - 9
Goals: Deaver 3, Fox 1, Gallas 1, Irwin 1, Klein 1, Smith 1, Villeneuve 1
Saves: Shockley 8
#3 Brown 1 2 1 3 - 7
#2 St. Francis 3 4 1 2 - 10
Goals: McNamara 3, Fox 2, Smith 1, Wyatt 1
Saves: Shockley 9
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) and juniors Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) and Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) each scored three goals on Saturday as the No. 15 Brown men's water polo team beat sixth-seeded Fordham, 9-5, and fell to second-seeded St. Francis Brooklyn, 10-7, to move on to Sunday's third-place game in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championships. The Bears will face fourth-seeded MIT on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and fight for one of three automatic bids to next weekend's CWPA Eastern Championships hosted by Brown at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The loser of Brown and MIT still has an opportunity to advance to the Eastern Championships with one of four at-large bids, which will fill out the championship field along with the top three finishers from the Northern and Southern Divisions. For more info about the CWPA postseason, click here.
Deaver led the way with three goals in the opener and the Bears used four second-quarter goals to dismiss the Rams of Fordham, 9-5. Deaver also excelled on the defensive end with five steals while Fox and Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had four each to help Brown hold Fordham scoreless in the third quarter. Senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) made eight saves in the winning effort.
The nightcap pitted the Bears against the Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn, the only squad in the championship field Brown had yet to beat during the regular season. To Brown's dismay, St. Francis Brooklyn would keep it that way and use a strong first half to pull away for a 10-7 victory. McNamara tossed in three goals, including Brown's lone score of the first quarter to help lighten to blow of the Terriers' three-goal period. The opposition continued to pour on the attack, however, and St. Francis Brooklyn struck four times in the second to go up 7-3 at the half.
An evenly contested third frame saw freshman Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) fire in a goal to make it a 7-4 game, and McNamara and Fox strung together back-to-back tallies to cut the Terrier lead to 9-7 with 1:25 to go in the fourth. St. Francis Brooklyn would sling in an insurance goal with 47 seconds left in regulation, however, and hold on to top Brown to advance to the championship game.
Should the Bears beat the Engineers for an automatic spot in the Eastern Championships or earn an at-large bid, they will be back in action in their home pool on Friday, Nov. 22.