No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Defeats CMS, Occidental on Opening Day

No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Defeats CMS, Occidental on Opening Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 11 Brown University men's water polo defeated Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 8-7, prior to besting Occidental College, 13-6, on the opening day of the 2015 season at the Bruno Classic at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.

The Bears (2-0) came back to beat the Stags (1-1), ranked No. 2 in Division III, in their season opener before topping the Tigers (0-3) in their nightcap.

Against CMS, junior Yahel Murvittz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) scored on a lob shot from 10 meters out on the left side just before time expired in regulation to pull out the victory for the hosts.

Next, Brown continues play at the Bruno Classic tomorrow with games against George Washington (10:30 a.m.) and No. 4 Stanford (3:30 p.m.).

Game 1 – No. 11 Brown 8, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7

Murvitz-Lahav scored with one second remaining to lift Brown University men's water polo to an 8-7 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the season opener for both teams on Saturday morning.

With time winding down in regulation, Murvitz-Lahav tracked down a loose ball on the left side. From 10 meters out, he lobbed a shot over the goalkeeper into the top right corner of the goal before time expired.

Murvitz-Lahav and senior Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) each netted two goals while sophomore Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.), freshman Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), and sophomore Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) each posted single tallies.

Junior net-minder Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) backstopped the Bears in goal in his first win of the year, making 11 saves.

The Stags, ranked No. 2 in Division III, jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the first quarter, notching the period's final three goals. Gallas recorded the hosts' first goal of the season, scoring from the left wing off a pass from Murvitz-Lahav.

The Bears proceeded to outscore the Stags 3-0 in the second quarter to tie the game at 4-4 at the half. Klein started the period's scoring with a skip shot off another assist from Murvitz-Lahav. After a Weiser save, Burke netted a goal via another Murvitz-Lahav helper midway through the frame. Following another Weiser save, Carroll charted his first career goal on the ensuing breakaway.

CMS responded in the third quarter, registering the frame's first three goals to pull ahead, 7-4. The Bears came to life late in the period as Murvitz-Lahav scored on a skip shot under pressure with 46 seconds left in the quarter. On a counter attack 30 seconds later, Kirchberg scored from the right wing to pull the Bears within 7-6 heading to the final frame.

Klein tied the game at 7-7 with a shot from 2-meters on a quick turnaround after receiving an entry pass from junior Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) 30 seconds into the quarter. Both teams played to a deadlock over the ensuing seven minutes despite a shot off the crossbar from Klein prior to Murvitz-Lahav's game winner. 

Brown 8, CMS 7
Brown....................... 1…3…2…2…8
CMS.......................... 4…0…3…0…7
Brown Goals: Klein 2, Murvitz-Lahav 2, Burke, Carroll, Gallas, Kirchberg.
Brown Saves: Weiser 11.

Game 2 – No. 11 Brown 13, Occidental 6

Carroll netted three goals, and junior Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), sophomore Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.), and freshman Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) each scored twice as Brown beat Occidental, 13-6, on Saturday night.

Sophomores Doug Barber (New Haven, Conn.), Adam Hersko-RonaTas (La Jolla, Calif.), and Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.), as well as Murvitz-Lahav each chipped in single tallies.

In his first collegiate start, freshman goalkeeper Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) registered seven saves and three assists.

Junior Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) logged a team-high four steals, and Bouscaren added three steals. Freshman Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.), Carroll, and Kirchberg tallied two assists apiece.

The Bears opened the game up with a 3-0 lead in the first quarter as Bouscaren and Carroll each scored on breakaways before Murvitz-Lahav netted a goal off an assist from Renken. Carroll and Nunez provided the assists on the first two goals. Oxy scored twice before Hersko-RonaTas recorded a goal to give Brown a 4-2 lead after one.

The hosts posted the only goals of the second stanza as Bush scored on the left wing in a 6-on-5 off a pass from Smith, and Carroll scored on a counter via an assist from Bouscaren. Both goals came in the final 55 seconds of the first half as Brown led 6-2 at the break.

Brown pushed its lead to 10-4 after three quarters. Bush and Irwin began the quarter's scoring, and Carroll scored in between a pair of Oxy tallies to give the Bears a 9-4 edge. Irwin then scored on a no-look shot off a Nunez pass.

In the fourth quarter, Bouscaren scored off a pass from Kirchberg, Hwang netted a goal on a turnaround shot from two meters, and Barber registered a penalty-shot goal. 

Brown 13, Occidental 6
Brown....................... 4…2…4…3…13
Occidental................ 2…0…2…2…6
Brown Goals: Carroll 3, Bouscaren 2, Bush 2, Irwin 2, Barber, Hersko-RonaTas, Hwang, Murvitz-Lahav.
Brown Saves: Renken 7.