No. 13 Men’s Water Polo Bests No. 16 Johns Hopkins, Falls to No. 4 Pacific

No. 13 Men’s Water Polo Bests No. 16 Johns Hopkins, Falls to No. 4 Pacific

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 13 Brown University men's water polo bested No. 16 Johns Hopkins University, 12-7, before falling to No. 4 University of the Pacific, 12-8, on the second and final day of the Bruno Classic at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Sunday.

In their opening tournament of the season, the Bears (3-2) defeated the national-ranked Blue Jays (0-3) prior to dropping a decision to the Tigers (5-0) in their final game of the invitational.

Senior goalkeeper Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) totaled 25 saves on the day, including 17 stops vs. Johns Hopkins.

Between the two games, senior Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) tallied four goals, four assists, and three steals, and classmate Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) posted six assists and two goals. Against JHU, freshman Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) registered four goals and two steals.

Next, Brown continues play at the Bruno Classic tomorrow with games against No. 16 Johns Hopkins (9:00 a.m.) and No. 4 Pacific (12:30 p.m.).

Game 1 – No. 13 Brown 12, No. 16 Johns Hopkins 7

Rawlings led the way with his four goals and two steals as No. 13 Brown topped No. 16 Johns Hopkins, 12-7, in its first game of the day on Sunday morning.

Murvitz-Lahav charted two goals and two steals while senior Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) netted two goals. Wyatt posted a goal and five assists, and senior Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) notched a goal and two assists. Juniors Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) and Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) each had one goal.

In the cage, Weiser turned aside a season-high 17 shots.

In the opening quarter, Murvitz-Lahav scored twice in between a JHU marker, and Kirchberg scored with four seconds left in the stanza to put Brown up 3-1.

The Bears pushed their lead to 6-3 at halftime as Irwin matched a pair of Blue Jay tallies to keep the hosts up 5-3. Rawlings netted his first goal to give the Bears their halftime margin.

Brown took control in the third quarter, outscoring JHU, 4-1, to move ahead 10-4 entering the final frame. Burke started the period's scoring. After a Blue Jay goal, Smith, Rawlings, and Wyatt scored in order over the frame's final 4:06.

In the fourth quarter, Rawlings scored twice to offset three goals from the visitors.

The two sides met for the first time since JHU defeated Brown in the semifinals of the 2015 CWPA Championship. 

Brown 12, Johns Hopkins 7
Brown....................... 3…3…4…2…12
Johns Hopkins....... 1…2…1…3…7
Brown Goals: Rawlings 4, Irwin 2, Murvitz-Lahav 2, Burke, Kirchberg, Smith, Wyatt.
Brown Saves: Weiser 17.

Game 2 – No. 4 Pacific 12, No. 13 Brown 8

No. 13 Brown took an early lead against No. 4 Pacific before the perennial powerhouse captured a 12-8 decision in both teams' second game of the day on Sunday afternoon.

Over the course of the tournament, the Tigers extended their win streak against East Coast opponents to 29 games and their win streak vs. opponents outside the MPSF or GCC conferences to 60 games.

For Brown, Murvitz-Lahav led the way with two goals and three assists. Irwin and KIrchberg each netted two goals while Wyatt posted a goal and an assist. Sophomore Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.) dished out two assists, and Burke finished with one goal.

Weiser made eight saves in goal.

Brown took a 3-1 lead at 3:25 mark of the first quarter as Kirchberg, Murvitz-Lahav, and Wyatt found the back of the net consecutively after Pacific opened the games scoring. The Tigers responded with three straight goals to pull ahead 4-3 after one frame.

The visitors extended their lead to 8-4 at the break, scoring four goals in the second quarter. Irwin charted the Bears' goal in the stanza.

Burke provided Brown's goal in the third quarter against two Tiger tallies as Pacific held a 10-5 advantage heading to the fourth quarter.

Pacific posted the first two goals of the fourth frame to move ahead 12-5 prior to Murvitz-Lahav, Irwin, and Kirchberg closing out the contest's scoring. 

Pacific 12, Brown 8
Brown....................... 3…1…1…3…8
Pacific....................... 4…4…2…2…12
Brown Goals: Irwin 2, Kirchberg 2, Murvitz-Lahav 2, Burke, Wyatt.
Brown Saves: Weiser 8.