No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Falls at No. 14 Princeton in NWPC Opener, 11-7

No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Falls at No. 14 Princeton in NWPC Opener, 11-7

PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 15 Brown University men's water polo dropped an 11-7 decision at No. 14 Princeton University on Saturday night at DeNunzio Pool in its Northeast Water Polo Conference opener.

The Bears (8-6, 0-1 NWPC) remained within 5-3 of the Tigers (10-5, 3-0 NWPC) early in the third quarter before the hosts scored three straight goals within a 44-second span to gain control of the contest.

Senior Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led Brown with two goals and two ejections drawn. Senior Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) and sophomore Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) each tallied one goal and one assist.

Freshmen Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) and Jack Wilson (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) posted a goal and two steals apiece while junior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) netted one goal. Rookie Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) notched an assist and two ejections drawn.

Juniors Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.), Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.), and Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) dished out one assist apiece.

In the cage, senior goalie Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) made six saves.

Princeton opened the contest with a 2-0 lead before Irwin scored off a feed from Smith on the power play. The Tigers scored with 11 seconds left in the first quarter to take a 3-1 edge through one period.

Irwin netted another goal for the Bears – this time on a back-handed shot on the inside off a pass from Burke – in between a pair of Tiger tallies to keep Brown within 5-2 at halftime.

After Smith initiated the third quarter's scoring with a back hander via a Bush assist, the Tigers scored three straight goals from 6:03 to 5:19 in the third to pull ahead 8-3. Kirchberg stemmed the run on a maker off a pass from Bouscaren before Princeton brought a 9-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

Princeton moved ahead 11-4 with 5:30 to play off a pair of goals to open the final frame, including a 5-meter penalty shot goal. Brown closed the game with three unanswered goals. Wilson started the run via a Deirmenjian pass, Rawlings then scored from Carroll, and Carroll concluded the streak with a goal via a Hwang assist.

Next, Brown continues NWPC play tomorrow at St. Francis Brooklyn at 10 a.m. and at Iona at 2:30 p.m. 

Princeton 11, Brown 7
Brown....................... 1…1…2…3…7
Princeton.................. 3…2…4…2…11
Brown Goals: Irwin 2, Carroll, Kirchberg, Rawlings, Smith, Wilson.
Brown Saves: Weiser 6.