No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Tops MIT, Falls to No. 13 Harvard in Overtime

No. 10 Men’s Water Polo Tops MIT, Falls to No. 13 Harvard in Overtime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 10 Brown University men's water polo bested MIT, 14-5, after falling to No. 13 Harvard University, 9-8, in overtime in a pair of Northeast Water Polo Conference games at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.

The Bears (18-7, 5-2 NWPC) led the Crimson (20-5, 5-2 NWPC), 8-7, late in regulation before the visitors tied the game with two seconds remaining and scored the only goal in overtime. Brown built a 7-1 halftime lead en route to its win over the Engineers (9-11, 0-7 NWPC) – the CWPA Division III Champions.

Senior Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) led the Bears with six goals on the day, including four tallies against the Crimson.

Brown split the regular season series with Harvard after topping the Crimson in Cambridge, Mass., 9-7, on Oct. 8. The Bears swept the regular season series with MIT after topping the Engineers, 14-7 on Oct. 8 in Cambridge.

Next, Brown concludes the regular season with home NWPC games against Iona (Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m.), No. 18 St. Francis Brooklyn (Nov. 6, 10:00 a.m.), and No. 11 Princeton (Nov. 6, 2:30 p.m.).

Game 1 – No. 13 Harvard 9, No. 10 Brown 8 (OT)

Wyatt scored a team-high four goals, but No. 10 Brown fell to No. 13 Harvard in overtime, 9-8, in its first NWPC game of the day on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears rallied from a 6-4 deficit late in the third quarter to pull ahead 8-7 before the Crimson scored with two seconds left in regulation to force overtime and netted the only goal of the extra sessions.

Seniors Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Yahel Murvitz-Lahav (Tel Aviv, Israel), junior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.), and sophomore Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.) each scored one goal.

Kirchberg tallied three assists, two steals, and two field blocks while Murvitz-Lahav posted two assists, three ejections drawn, and four steals. At the center spot, Irwin and freshman Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) each drew four ejections. Wyatt and junior Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) tacked on two field blocks and three steals respectively.

In goal, senior net-minder Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calif.) made 12 saves.

After Harvard gained its 6-4 advantage, Wyatt converted from the right wing with 2:00 left in the third quarter, bringing the Bears within 6-5 at the end of three frames.

Weiser made a point-blank save at the 6:30 mark of the fourth quarter, and on the ensuing offensive possession, Irwin worked for position on the inside and after receiving a pass from Murvitz-Lahav, he drove a shot into the right side of the cage to tie it at 6-6.

With the score still knotted at 6-6, Wyatt sent a skip shot into the left side of the goal on the power play off another feed from Murvitz-Lahav, pushing the hosts up 7-6 with 3:42 left in regulation.

After Harvard pulled level at 7-7 with 2:30 to go in regulation, Murvitz-Lahav gathered a pass from Kirchberg and nestled a shot into the right-side netting with 1:11 left in regulation after Rawlings drew an exclusion.

On the Crimson's final possession of regulation, Weiser stopped an initial shot before the visitors were able to tip the ball into the cage with two seconds on the clock.

In overtime, Harvard scored the only goal in bonus play with 29 seconds to go in the first overtime period. In the second period of overtime, Weiser made a key save with 1:17 to play before a shot from Bush went off the crossbar but not across the goal line and a shot from Kirchberg carried just wide left.

The two teams stood tied 2-2 after the first quarter behind goals from Wyatt and Kirchberg. Harvard gained a 5-3 lead at halftime despite a tally from Nunez. Wyatt opened the third quarter's scoring with a 5-meter penalty shot before the Crimson took its 6-4 edge.

Brown and Harvard split the regular season series after the Bears topped the Crimson, 9-7, on Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass. 

Harvard 9, Brown 8 (OT)
Brown....................... 2…1…2…3…0…8
Harvard..................... 2…3…1…2…1…9
Brown Goals: Wyatt 4, Irwin, Kirchberg, Murvitz-Lahav, Nunez.
Brown Saves: Weiser 12.

Game 2 – No. 10 Brown 14, MIT 5

The Bears placed 11 different student-athletes in the scoring column as No. 10 Brown defeated MIT, 14-5, in its second NWPC game of the day on Saturday night.

Brown held leads of 3-1 after the first quarter, 7-1 at halftime, and 12-4 through three frames on its way to the win.

Wyatt, Murvitz-Lahav, and Rawlings scored two goals apiece.

Eight different Bears tallied one goal each – Bush, Irwin, Kirchberg, junior Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.), sophomore Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.), and freshmen Will Collier (Dairen, Conn.), Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.), and Jack Wilson (Pacific Palisades, Calif.).

Kirchberg compiled two assists, two steals, and two sprints won while Wyatt paced the team with three assists. Murvitz-Lahav logged two assists, two ejections drawn, and two steals, and Bush added two assists.

Irwin drew four ejections for the second straight match, Rawlings tallied two ejections drawn and two steals, and junior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) came up with a team-best three steals.

In the cage, sophomore goalkeeper Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) blocked nine shots.

After MIT opened with a 1-0 lead, Brown scored eight straight goals to take an 8-1 lead early in the third quarter. In the first frame, Murvitz-Lahav scored twice and Bush added a 5-meter penalty shot to pull Brown ahead 3-1.

In the second stanza, Wyatt, Kirchberg, Rawlings, and Deirmenjian scored in order to push Brown's margin to 7-1 at the break. Hwang concluded the 8-0 run with the first marker of the third period.

MIT cut its deficit to 9-4 despite a goal from Wilson, but Wyatt, Rawlings, and Bouscaredn concluded the quarter's scoring to give Brown a 12-4 edge heading to the final frame. Collier and Irwin closed a 5-0 run for the hosts with the fourth quarter's first two goals before an MIT marker accounted for the final goal.

Brown swept the regular season series with MIT – ranked No. 6 in Division III – after beating the Engineers 14-7 on Oct. 8 in Cambridge, Mass. 

Brown 14, MIT 5
Brown....................... 3…4…5…2…14
MIT............................. 1…1…3…1…5
Brown Goals: Murvitz-Lahav 2, Rawlings 2, Wyatt 2, Bouscaren, Bush, Collier, Deirmenjian, Hwang, Irwin, Kirchberg, Wilson.
Brown Saves: Renken 9.