No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Beats GW, Falls to No. 4 Stanford at Bruno Classic

No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Beats GW, Falls to No. 4 Stanford at Bruno Classic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 11 Brown University men's water polo beat George Washington University, 20-12, in its first game of the day prior to falling to No. 4 Stanford University, 19-6, on the final day of the Bruno Classic at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Sunday.

The Bears (3-1) knocked off the Colonials (1-3) in the morning before dropping the decision to the nationally-ranked Cardinal (5-0) in the de facto championship game of the round robin.

Sophomore Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) led the Bears with five goals against George Washington while junior Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) paced the hosts with four goals against Stanford.

Next, Brown will play three matches at the Bucknell Invitational against Bucknell (Fri., 7 p.m.), Johns Hopkins (Sat., 9 a.m.), and Navy (Sat., 3:15 p.m.). The Bears will then play two games at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday against Santa Clara (10 a.m.) and Pacific (3:30 p.m.).

Game 1 – No. 11 Brown 20, George Washington 12

Kirchberg scored a game-high five goals as No. 11 Brown beat George Washington, 20-12, in its first game of the day at the Bruno Classic on Sunday morning. The Bears jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one quarter and a 12-2 edge at halftime en route to the win over the Colonials.

Senior Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) netted four goals while freshman Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) tallied two goals and two assists. Junior Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) totaled one goal, two assists, and two seals, and classmate Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) posted two goals and two steals.

Sophomores Doug Barber (New Haven, Conn.), Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.), Adam Hersko-RonaTas (La Jolla, Calif.), and Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.), as well as freshman Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.) each added a single tally.

Murvitz-Lahav recorded a goal and three assists, sophomore Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) added three assists, and sophomore Joe Faller (North Reading, Mass.) chipped in two assists.

In goal, freshman Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) compiled 11 saves, three steals, and two assists.

After surrendering the contest's first goal, the Bears rattled off the first quarter's last seven goals. Burke started the run with a goal from five meters off a Murvitz-Lahav assist, and Irwin followed with a goal from two meters via Murvitz-Lahav after a Renken save.

Murvitz-Lahav made his way into the scoring column with a penalty-shot goal before Kirchberg scored from the right wing. Klein tallied the next two goals off assists from freshman Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Nunez respectively. Bouscaren closed the quarter with a goal from five meters.

Irwin opened the second quarter's scoring with a turnaround shot from two meters via a Murvitz-Lahav pass, and Klein followed with a 2-meter goal of his own to push Brown's lead to 9-2. GW scored once midway through the frame before Klein answered with an assist from junior Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas). Kirchberg then scored on a breakaway, and Hwang gave the Bears a 12-2 lead at the break with a goal with 37 seconds left in the half.

The Colonials answered at the start of the third frame, netting the period's first four goals to pull within 12-6. Wyatt stemmed the tide with a 6-on-5 goal from the right wing at the 2:52 mark. Kirchberg scored three of the game's next four goals, twice scoring on Wyatt assists, as Brown led 16-8 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Barber connected on a shot from the right wing before Nunez put one in the back of the net off a Faller pass to push Brown's advantage to 18-8. After two Colonial goals, Hersko RonaTas deposited a goal off a Faller pass. GW scored twice more before Bouscaren finished the game's scoring off a helper from Bush with 26 seconds remaining. 

Brown 20, George Washington 12
Brown....................... 7…5…4…4…20
G. Washington........ 1…1…6…4…12
Brown Goals: Kirchberg 5, Klein 4, Bouscaren 2, Irwin 2, Barber, Burke, Hersko RonaTas, Hwang, Murvitz-Lahav, Nunez, Wyatt.
Brown Saves: Renken 11.

Game 2 – No. 4 Stanford 19, No. 11 Brown 6

Murvitz-Lahav netted a team-high four goals, but No. 11 Brown lost to No. 4 Stanford, 19-6, in the final game of the Bruno Classic on Sunday afternoon.

Murvitz-Lahav added an assist while Klein and Smith each scored one goal. Kirchberg tallied an assist and a field block while Wyatt handed out two assists. Senior Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Burke each registered one field block.

Junior goalkeeper Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) made 12 saves for the Bears and chipped in a steal.

Despite two good looks from Gallas and a point-blank save from Weiser, the Cardinal opened the game with a 4-0 lead. Murvitz-Lahav scored Brown's first goal with 3:25 to play in the first quarter after receiving a pass from Wyatt on the right wing. Stanford scored twice more in the quarter before Weiser came up with two saves in the final minute.

After a Stanford tally to open the second, Klein netted a goal from the inside after Murvitz-Lahav used a pump fake and then passed during a 6-on-5. Stanford pushed its lead to 9-2 before Murvitz-Lahav converted on a 5-meter penalty shot, which Kirchberg drew, with 2:32 to go in the half. Murvitz-Lahav charted another goal less than a minute later on an assist from Kirchberg during the power play to help Brown remain with 10-4 at the half.

Murvitz-Lahav scored just over a minute into the third quarter from the point at five meters to bring the Bears within 11-5. Weiser stopped a penalty shot later in the frame, but Stanford brought a 15-5 advantage into the final quarter.

The Cardinal posted four more goals in the fourth quarter, but Smith countered with a goal on the left wing near the baseline after a cross-pool pass from Wyatt with 1:48 remaining. 

Stanford 19, Brown 6
Brown....................... 1…3…1…1…6
Stanford.................... 5…5…5…4…19
Brown Goals: Murvitz-Lahav 4, Klein, Smith.
Brown Saves: Weiser 12.