PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 15 Brown University men's water polo topped No. 10 Harvard University, 15-14, in overtime in the semifinals but fell to No. 9 Princeton University, 9-7, in the title game at the Ivy Championships at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Sunday.
The Bears (14-5) beat the Crimson (14-6) for the third time this season with sophomore Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) notching the game-winning goal for the hosts. Brown dropped its first meeting of the season to the top-seeded Tigers (15-3) despite 11 saves sophomore Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.).
Next, Brown plays at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational from Oct. 24-26.
Game 1 – Brown 15, Harvard 14 (Semifinal)
Murvitz-Lahav tallied four goals, two assists, and a steal to propel the second-seeded Bears past the third-seeded Crimson, 15-14, in overtime in the morning's first semifinal.
Weiser stopped 15 shots in goal, and junior Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) recorded four steals.
The Bears took a 3-1 lead to open the game before the Crimson used a 4-0 run to pull ahead at 5-3 midway through the second quarter.
Brown responded with a 7-2 streak to gain a 10-7 advantage with 3:19 left in the third period. Six different Bears registered goals during the run.
Harvard captured an edge at 12-11 in the fourth quarter, but a pair of goals from Murvitz-Lahav at the 3:38 and 0:26 marks gave back the lead to Brown. The Crimson scored with six seconds remaining to force overtime.
Wyatt charted Brown's first goal in overtime before Murvitz-Lahav netted the game-winner after a Crimson tally.
Brown 15, Harvard 14
Brown Goals: Fox (4), Murvitz-Lahav (4), Deaver (2), Wyatt (2), Burke, Klein, Smith.
Game 2 – Princeton 9, Brown 7 (Championship Game)
Freshman Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) tied the game at 7-7 in the fourth quarter, but Princeton scored just over two minutes later and added an insurance goal to take the Ivy title with a 9-7 win in the afternoon's championship game.
Murvitz-Lahav again paced the Bears with two goals, three steals and an assist while Fox totaled a goal, three steals, and two assists.
Brown trailed Princeton 5-2 just over a minute into the second quarter, but worked its way back into the contest, pulling within 6-5 at the end of the period.
Facing a 7-5 deficit in the third quarter, Deaver scored at the 5:12 mark to pull the Bears within 7-6 before Burke netted his goal less than a minute into the fourth period.
The Tigers regained the lead with 5:18 to play. Brown challenged to find an equalizer, but a pair of Bear shots ricocheted off the posts before Princeton scored with 1:23 remaining.
Princeton 9, Brown 7
Brown Goals: Murvitz-Lahav (2), Burke, Deaver, Fox, Kirchberg, Klein.