SARATOGA, Calif. – No. 10 Brown University men's water polo topped Fresno Pacific University, 15-2, and San Jose State University, 8-5, in its second day of play at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Saturday at West Valley College.
In their second and third games at "The Rodeo," the Bears (15-6) opened up an 11-0 lead against the Sunbirds (8-12) prior to using a 3-0 run in the fourth quarter en route to the win against the Spartans (6-13), who hosted the day's competition at the WVC Aquatic Center.
Next, Brown concludes play at "The Rodeo" tomorrow – Sunday, Oct. 23 – with a game against No. 20 Loyola Marymount at 11:00 a.m. ET.
Game 1 – No. 10 Brown 15, Fresno Pacific 2
Rawlings scored a game-high three goals as No. 10 Brown cruised past Fresno Pacific, 15-2, in its first game of the day and its second game at "The Rodeo" on Saturday afternoon at the West Valley College Aquatic Center.
The Bears scored the game's first 11 goals, and Renken did not allow the Sunbirds to net a tally until the 3:06 mark of the third quarter.
Five Bears scored two goals in the game – senior Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas), juniors Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.), Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.), and Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.), and freshman Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.). Senior Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel) and sophomore Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.) netted one goal apiece.
In net, Renken blocked 10 shots.
Kirchberg scored the game's first two goals before Bush found the back of the net to give the Bears a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
Brown accounted for all six of the second quarter's goals, bringing a 9-0 edge into the halftime break. Smith posted back-to-back goals to start the frame before Bush, Deirmenjian, Hwang, and Nunez scored in order.
Opening the second half, Rawlings notched consecutive tallies to push Brown's edge to 11-0. FPU scored their first goal with 3:06 left in the third quarter. Deirmenjian scored again late in the frame prior to a Sunbird marker which made the score 12-2 after three stanzas.
The Bears supplied all of the fourth quarter's goals with Murvitz-Lahav, Rawlings, and Hwang converting in the period.
Brown 15, Fresno Pacific 2
Fresno Pacific......... 0…0…2…0…2
Brown Goals: Rawlings 3, Bush 2, Deirmenjian 2, Hwang 2, Kirchberg 2, Smith 2, Murvitz-Lahav, Nunez.
Brown Saves: Renken 10.
Game 2 – No. 10 Brown 8, San Jose State 5
Wyatt netted a game-best five goals to power No. 10 Brown past San Jose State, 8-5, in its third game of "The Rodeo" and second game of the day on Saturday evening at the WVC Aquatic Center.
The Bears opened the fourth quarter with three unanswered goals, turning a 4-3 edge at the start of the period into a 7-3 advantage with 3:28 remaining.
Murvitz-Lahav, senior Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and sophomore Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) each netted one goal. Smith dished out a pair of assists, and Wyatt added a helper to his point total.
In the cage, Weiser made 12 saves for Brown and permitted just one goal in the first half.
After the Spartans scored the first quarter's only goal, Brown answered with both of the second period's markers. Wyatt scored off a pass from junior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) with 1:00 left in the half before Carroll netted a goal off a feed from Wyatt with 28 seconds to play in the second quarter.
The Bears and Spartans traded goals in the third quarter. Wyatt initiated the stanza's scoring off a pass from Smith prior to a SJSU goal. Wyatt then scored on the power play before a Spartan tally pulled SJSU within 4-3 heading to the fourth quarter.
Wyatt found the back of the net off a pass from Smith to open the Bears' 3-0 fourth quarter run with Irwin following with a back-handed shot with 4:12 to play. Murvitz-Lahav extended Brown's edge to 7-3 with 3:28 left, netting a goal from beyond the 5-meter mark. After a pair of SJSU power play goals, Wyatt concluded the game's scoring with a 5-meter penalty shot with Burke drawing the penalty.
Brown 8, San Jose State 5
San Jose State....... 1…0…2…2…5
Brown Goals: Wyatt 5, Carroll, Irwin, Murvitz-Lahav.
Brown Saves: Weiser 12.