No. 15 Men's Water Polo Finishes Second at Ivy Championships

No. 15 Men's Water Polo Finishes Second at Ivy Championships

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.

Senior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) posted four goals and four steals while classmate Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) and sophomore Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) each netted two goals.

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

Harvard……2…5…3…3…1…14

Brown……..3…4…4…2…2…15

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.

Deaver, freshman Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.), and junior Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) each added single tallies.

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

Princeton…..4…2…1…2…9

Brown……...2…3…1…1…7

Brown Goals: Murvitz-Lahav (2), Burke, Deaver, Fox, Kirchberg, Klein.