Fox Strikes for Six Goals, No. 19 Men’s Water Polo Topples GWU, 16-6

Courtesy of Collegiate Water Polo Association Communications

GWU                           3  1  1  1  -  6

Brown                        4  5  5  2  -  16

Goals: Fox 6, McNamara 4, Villeneuve 3, Irwin 1, Deaver 1, Smith 1

Saves: Shockley 5, Brown 2

 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) struck for six goals to power the No. 19 Brown men's water polo team to a decisive 16-6 victory over George Washington University in day two action of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships at Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.

Courtesy of the win, Brown (22-13) will face a familiar and ranked foe at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, as the Bears will clash with No. 17 Harvard University. Bruno is 2-2 against the Crimson (9-8 W, 6-5 L, 12-10 L, 12-9 W) this season.

The Colonials (15-15) will lock-up with the loser of the Harvard-MIT game at 11:40 a.m. on November 24 for seventh place in the 12-team championship field.  George Washington, which is making their first appearance at the league championship tournament since a third place mark in 2007, is 1-0 against their possible foes as the Colonials knocked off Harvard (11-6 W) in non-conference action earlier this year.

Down 2-1 two and a half minutes into the game, the Bears knotted the score with 5:01 remaining as Fox forced a shot past GW goalie Connor Dillon (So., Los Gatos, Calif./Menlo School).  The Colonials responded to regain the lead with 3:52 to go courtesy a laser from Daniel Tyner (Sr., Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson Classical), but the Bears slashed its way down the tank to feed Fox for the equalizer at 1:38.  Fox completed a first quarter hat-trick 31 seconds later as the Bears collected a loose ball and fed Fox for the go-ahead tally at 1:07 to make it 4-3 in favor of Brown after eight minutes of action.

Fox continued to be a one-man scoring machine for the Bears as he tweaked the twine with his third consecutive and fourth overall goal 47 seconds into the second quarter to give Brown a two-score lead at 5-3.

Nate Little (Sr., Anaheim, Calif./Servite) answered by converting on a six-on-five chance with 6:47 until halftime to close the gap to 5-4, but Little's score made the Brown offense come up big over the remainder of the half to grab a 9-4 lead by the break.

Fox started the 4-0 run to the horn for the Bears with his fourth straight tally (4:30), before James McNamara (Sr., Encino, Calif./Havard-Westlake) slammed home his first of four goals (4:13) to expand the lead to 7-4.  Following a man-up goal by Grant Villeneuve (Sr., Atherton, Calif./Deerfield Academy) at 3:32, Luke Irwin (Fr., Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks) finished off the first half scoring with a blast at 1:12 to give Brown a 9-4 lead at the break.

The margin continued to expand in the third quarter as Fox (5:01) and McNamara (4:33, 4:14) riddled the cage with back-to-back-to-back markers before Nick Deaver (Jr., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) laced in a man-up score with 2:59 left in the period to make it 13-4.

George Washington was unable to overcome Brown's 8-0 run as the squads exchanged scoring shots the rest of the way to the 16-6 final score.

For the Bears, Fox (six), McNamara (four) and Villeneuve (three) led the way as the trio each notched a hat-trick or better in the field, while goalies Walker Shockley (Sr., Diamond Bar, Calif./Damien) played the majority of the game with five saves.  Back-up netminder Andrew Brown (Jr., Western Springs, Ill./Lyons Township) came on in the waning moments of the game to net a pair of saves in mop-up duty.

Tyner and Pehlivan accounted for two-thirds of the Colonials' offense as the duo combined for four goals with pairs of strikes. Dillon played the majority of the contest between the pipes for George Washington with five saves prior to Sander Profaci (Fr., Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick) coming on to register two stops in the fourth quarter.