PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Tommy Bush and freshman James Thygesen each scored three goals to pace No. 15 Brown University men's water polo past Connecticut College, 16-6, on Wednesday night at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The Bears (8-5) placed 10 student-athletes in the scoring column and built a 10-2 lead early in the third quarter in distancing themselves from the visiting Camels (3-8).
Fellow rookie Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) distributed a team-high four assists alongside a goal while classmate Will Collier (Darien, Conn.) tallied a goal and two assists. Sophomore Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills Calif.) each posted one goal and one assist.
In the cage, sophomore goalkeeper Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) made 14 saves, including two stops on 5-meter penalty shots.
Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) opened the scoring on a penalty shot drawn by Rawlings before Rawlings scored himself to put Brown up 2-0 inside of the first minute. After a Camel marker, Bush and Thygesen each scored from the left wing before Irwin converted on the inside to push the Bears' edge to 5-1. Renken turned aside his first penalty shot with 14 seconds left in the opening frame.
Conn. College initiated the second stanza's scoring prior to Bush scoring off a Carroll pass. Thygesen netted a goal in transition before Hwang scored off a feed from Collier to give the hosts an 8-2 advantage at halftime.
Brown moved ahead 10-2 early in the third quarter behind goals from Deirmenjian and Rawlings. Carroll and Collier charted a pair of tallies off assists from Deirmenjian in between two goals from the Camels as the Bears led 12-4 through three periods. Renken contributed his second 5-meter save in the stanza.
Hu responded with a goal after each of the Camels' two tallies to open the fourth quarter, allowing Brown to maintain a 14-6 edge with 5:06 left. Wilson and Thygesen closed out the contest's scoring for the Bears.
Next, Brown opens Northeast Water Polo Conference play this weekend with road games at No. 14 Princeton (Oct. 1, 7 p.m.), at St. Francis Brooklyn (Oct. 2, 10 a.m.), and at Iona (Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m.).
Brown 16, Conn. College 6
Conn. College......... 1…1…2…2…6
Brown Goals: Bush 3, Thygesen 3, Hu 2, Rawlings 2, Carroll, Collier, Deirmenjian, Hwang, Irwin, Wilson.
Brown Saves: Renken 14.