No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Defeats Navy, Wagner at Bucknell Invitational

No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Defeats Navy, Wagner at Bucknell Invitational

LEWISBURG, Pa. – No. 14 Brown University men's water polo placed 11 different student-athletes in the scoring on its way to wins over Navy, 16-8, and Wagner College, 10-8, in its first day at the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday at Kinney Natatorium.

On the campus of Bucknell University, the Bears (6-4) built an early lead en route to their victory against the Midshipmen (4-1) before coming from behind to tip the Seahawks (1-7).

Leading Brown's contingent of 11 goal scorers, senior Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) netted five goals on the day. Senior Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) and junior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) each notched four goals between the two contests.

Senior goalkeeper Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) made 14 saves on the day.

Next, Brown concludes play at the Bucknell Invitational tomorrow with games against No. 15 Bucknell (9:15 a.m.) and Mercyhurst (1:00 p.m.).

Game 1 – No. 14 Brown 16, Navy 8

Murvitz-Lahav scored four goals to lead nine different goal scorers for the Bears as No. 14 Brown defeated Navy, 16-8, in its first game of the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday morning.

The Bears built a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and gained a 10-2 edge at halftime in defeating the Midshipmen.

Smith, Kirchberg, senior Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.), and junior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) all scored two goals apiece.

Senior Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), sophomores Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.) and freshman Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) each netted one goal. Weiser turned aside 10 shots for the Bears.

Brown captured its 4-0 lead after the opening period behind goals from Kirchberg, Murvitz-Lahav, Irwin, and Nunez in order.

The Bears went ahead 5-0 on a goal from Smith early in the first quarter before Navy charted its first marker. Brown responded with tallies from Murvitz-Lahav and Burke to pull ahead 7-1. Wyatt, Smith, and Murvitz-Lahav posted the last three goals of the quarter to give Brown its 10-2 halftime edge.

The two sides exchanged goals in the third frame with Kirchberg, Burke, Carroll finding the back of the net for the Bears as Brown remained ahead 13-6 through three periods.

Rawlings, Murvitz-Lahav, and Wyatt provided the first three goals of the fourth quarter to push Brown ahead 16-6 prior to Navy netting the contest's final two markers. 

Brown 16, Navy 8
Brown....................... 4…6…3…3…16
Navy.......................... 0…2…4…2…8
Brown Goals: Murvitz-Lahav 4, Burke 2, Kirchberg 2, Smith 2, Wyatt 2, Carroll, Irwin, Nunez, Rawlings.
Brown Saves: Weiser 10.

Game 2 – No. 14 Brown 10, Wagner 8

Kirchberg and Smith each scored two goals to pace eight separate goal scorers for the Bears as No. 14 Brown defeated Wagner, 10-8, in its second game of the day at the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears took their first lead of the game at the 4:22 mark of the third quarter and held off the Seahawks down the stretch to secure the win.

Following Kirchberg and Smith, Burke, Irwin, Murvitz-Lahav, Wyatt, and freshmen Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) and Jack Wilson (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) each netted one goal.

After Wagner took a 2-0 lead to open the game, Wilson and Deirmenjian – a pair of first-year players for the Bears – posted back-to-back goals to knot the game at 2-2 after one quarter.

The Seahawks took a series of one goal leads in the second stanza with Kirchberg tying the game at 3-3 and 4-4 before Wagner brought a 5-4 edge into halftime.

Smith tied it at 5-5, and Wyatt drew Brown level at 6-6 prior to Burke giving the Bears their first lead of the contest, 7-6, with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter. Burke, Irwin, and Smith completed a 4-0 run for the Bears before Wagner scored just before the end of the quarter to pull within 9-7 heading to the fourth frame.

In the final stanza, Wagner cut its deficit to 9-8 with 1:41 to play, but Murvitz-Lahav bought the Bears insurance with a tally with 44 seconds left.

Brown beat Wagner for the second time this season after the Bears defeated the Seahawks, 14-5, in their first game as a varsity program on Sept. 3. 

Brown 10, Wagner 8
Brown....................... 2…2…5…1…10
Wagner..................... 2…3…2…1…8
Brown Goals: Kirchberg 2, Smith 2, Burke, Deirmenjian, Irwin, Murvitz-Lahav, Wilson, Wyatt.
Brown Saves: Weiser 4, Renken 1.