No. 1 Seed Men’s Water Polo Drops CWPA Third-Place Match to No. 3 Harvard

No. 1 Seed Men’s Water Polo Drops CWPA Third-Place Match to No. 3 Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eight different Bears scored goals, but No. 1 seed Brown University men's water polo dropped a 14-9 decision to No. 3 seed Harvard University in the third-place match of the 2015 CWPA Championship at MIT's Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center on Sunday afternoon.

The No. 12 nationally-ranked Crimson (21-10) took a 4-1 lead after the first quarter and held a 9-3 edge at halftime on its way to the win over the No. 10-ranked Bears (24-8).

Brown finished the year 4-1 against Harvard as the Bears beat the Crimson 10-9 in overtime on the road on Sept. 19, 16-12 at home on Oct. 11, 13-8 in the Ivy Championship title game at Princeton on Oct. 18, and 14-13 in sudden death OT in the title game of the CWPA Northern Division Championship on Nov. 8.

In 2015, Brown won the Ivy Championship, gained the CWPA Northern Division regular season title with a 12-0 mark in divisional play, and garnered the CWPA Northern Division Championship tournament title.

In Sunday's contest, junior Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) paced the Bears with two goals.

Brown received one goal apiece from seniors Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.), juniors Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.), sophomores Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.), and freshman Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.).

Klein earned First Team CWPA All-Tournament honors after winning Second Team accolades a year ago, and Gallas gained Second Team CWPA All-Tournament plaudits.

In the cage, junior goalie Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) made seven saves, and freshman net-minder Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) turned aside two shots.

Harvard opened the game with a 4-1 lead despite a goal from Irwin. Kirchberg scored to pull Brown within 4-2, but the Crimson netted four straight markers to pull ahead 8-2. Wyatt scored to break the run before Harvard brought a 9-3 edge into halftime.

The two teams matched one another with three goals each in the third quarter with Brown's Gallas, Klein, and Irwin netting tallies. Murvitz-Lahav, Bouscaren, and Hwang posted fourth-quarter goals for the Bears. 

Harvard 14, Brown 9
Brown....................... 1…2…3…3…9
Harvard..................... 4…5…3…2…14
Brown Goals: Irwin 2, Bouscaren, Gallas, Hwang, Kirchberg, Klein, Murvitz-Lahav, Wyatt.
Brown Saves: Weiser 7, Renken 2.