Courtesy of Collegiate Water Polo Association Communications
#12 Fordham 0 1 1 2 - 4
#5 Brown 3 4 4 1 - 12
Goals: Klein 5, Fox 3, McNamara 2, Smith 1, Deaver 1
Saves: Shockley 8, Brown 1
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) erupted for five goals to lift the fifth-seeded No. 20 Brown men's water polo team over 12th-seeded Fordham, 12-4, in the opening round of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Friday. Klein took home Player of the Game honors while helping the Bears improve to 21-12 overall on the season and advance to tonight's contest against Southern Division runner-up Bucknell at 7:20 p.m.
The Bears never trailed against the Rams as Brown opened up a 3-0 lead in the first quarter before carrying a 7-1 lead into halftime on the way to an eight-goal win.
McNamara opened the scoring with 5:18 left in the first quarter prior to Warrren Smith (Dallas, Texas) and Klein breaking free for tallies with 3:55 and 39 seconds on the clock for a 3-0 lead at the conclusion of the first eight minute quarter.
Klein expanded the margin to 6-0 within the first two minutes of the second quarter as he swept in shots with 7:38 and 6:00 on the clock. Fordham sliced into the lead as Patrick Lenihan swished a ball past Brown goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) with 2:41 remaining in the first half to make it 5-1.
However, Brown put to rest any question regarding a Rams' comeback as Henry Fox ( Mercer Island, Wash.) and Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) beat Fordham goalie Noah LeBeau with 1:12 and 27 seconds on the clock to make it 7-1 at intermission.
The Bears continued to pour it on to start the third quarter as McNamara registered an even-strength strike at 5:28, while Fox flushed a man-up strike past LeBeau at the 4:43 mark to push the margin to 9-1.
Following a natural tally by Klein (3:42) to make it 10-1, Mike Hay moved Fordham back to within eight at 10-2 with 1:01 to go in the third quarter by netting his squad's second tally of the afternoon.
Fox answered Hay with a man-up goal with four seconds left in the period to make it 11-2 and close the door on the Rams' comeback hopes.
Klein padded the lead further via another man-up strike with 6:41 left in the fourth quarter to build the lead to 10 at 12-2 before Nicholas Allen and Lenihan contributed back-to-back even-strength scores for Fordham with 5:50 and 1:18 remaining in regulation for the 12-4 final score.
For Brown, Fox joined Klein in posting hat-tricks, while McNamara tacked on a pair of markers to lead the way for the Bears.
Shockley picked up the victory for Bruno with eight saves over 23:37 before Andrew Brown (Western Springs, Ill.) came on for the final 23 seconds to close out the win.
Lenihan led the way for Fordham with a pair of markers, while LeBeau suffered the loss with six saves.