No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Bests MIT, Falls at No. 14 Harvard in Overtime

No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Bests MIT, Falls at No. 14 Harvard in Overtime

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 15 Brown University men's water polo topped MIT, 11-10, and fell to No. 14 Harvard University in overtime, 11-10, on Saturday at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center and Blodgett Pool respectively.

Completing the first half of NWPC play, the Bears (9-7, 2-3 NWPC) clipped the Engineers (6-9, 1-3 NWPC) – the No. 3 ranked team in Division III – in their second game of the day after rallying to force overtime before dropping a decision against the Crimson (10-4, 2-2 NWPC). One goal has decided each of Brown's five conference games this season.

Between the two games, seniors Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) and sophomore Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) each scored four goals.

Next, Brown plays in the Harvard Invitational with games against George Washington (Oct. 13, 6:00 p.m.), Johns Hopkins (Oct. 14, 8:00 a.m.), No. 17 Bucknell (Oct. 14, 2:00 p.m.), No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (Oct. 15, 11:45 a.m.), and Boston Metro (Oct. 15, 3:30 p.m., exhibition).

Game 1 – No. 14 Harvard 11, No. 15 Brown 10 (OT)

Senior Austin Hwang scored three goals and tied the game with one second to go in regulation, but No. 15 Brown fell in overtime at No. 14 Harvard, 11-10, on Saturday morning at Blodgett Pool in a game simulcast on ESPN3 and the ILN.

The Bears used a 3-0 run to tie the game at 7-7 early in the fourth quarter and again knotted the contest at 8-8 at the end of regulation before the host Crimson outscored the visitors 3-2 in the six minutes of overtime play.

Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) added two field blocks and two ejections drawn to his game-high three goals. Senior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) totaled two goals, one assist, three steals, and five ejections drawn.

Senior Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) tallied two goals, two assists, and two steals while junior Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) netted two goals. Sophomore Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) scored a goal, junior Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) notched two assists and four steals, and senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) came up with four steals.

In the cage, freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) compiled 11 saves, three steals, and one assist. He contributed eight saves in the second half and overtime.

Trailing 7-4 with less than two minutes to play in the third quarter, Brown began its comeback as Bouscaren scored on a counter off a pass from Hallal. Bush then pulled the Bears within 7-6 of the Crimson heading to the fourth quarter.

Deirmenjian scored an equalizer at the 6:58 mark of the fourth quarter, converting from beyond five meters to tie the score at 7-7. After Harvard went up 8-7 with 4:04 to play in regulation, Hwang forced overtime as he received a feed from Kirchberg and skipped a shot into the goal with one second on the clock.

Following two goals from the Crimson to open the first overtime period, Bush scored from the left wing with 10 seconds to play in the frame to trim the margin to 10-9 heading to the second bonus session. Harvard scored with 44 seconds left in the second overtime before Burke converted on a backhanded shot with 22 seconds remaining. 

Despite a goal from Burke, Harvard led 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. After a Crimson marker began the second stanza, the Bears used a 3-1 run to close the first half and slice their deficit to 5-4 at halftime. Hwang accounted for a pair of goals in the spurt, and Bouscaren registered his first tally of the game.

Harvard 11, Brown 10 (OT)
Brown....................... 1…3…2…2…2…10
Harvard..................... 3…2…2…1…3…11
Brown Goals: Hwang 3, Bouscaren 2, Burke 2, Bush 2, Deirmenjian.
Brown Saves: Hallal 11.

Game 2 – No. 15 Brown 11, MIT 10

Sophomore Armen Deirmenjian netted three goals to help lead No. 15 Brown over MIT, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon at the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center in its second game of the day.

The Bears held a 10-5 lead in the third quarter and held off a late rally from the host Engineers, the No. 3 ranked team in Division III.

Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) added two steals and two ejections drawn to his three goals while senior Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) compiled two goals and three assists.

Senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) and sophomore James Thygesen (Menlo Park, Calif.) each scored two goals, senior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) posted a goal and three steals, and senior Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) notched a goal and two field blocks.

In net, junior goalie Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) contributed nine saves and two assists.

Brown took an early 2-0 lead behind back-to-back goals from Bush before MIT netted a marker. Tallies from Thygesen, Deirmenjian, and Hwang gave the Bears a 5-1 edge after the first quarter.

After MIT cut its deficit to 5-3 with consecutive goals, Brown used another 3-0 run to take an 8-3 lead at halftime. Deirmenjian, Kirchberg, and Burke provided the Bears' goals during the streak.

In the third quarter, Thygesen and Deirmenjian each answered goals from MIT as Brown maintained a 10-5 advantage. The Engineers then used a 4-0 run spanning the third and fourth frames to pull within 10-9 with 3:50 to go.

A goal from Kirchberg with 3:26 to play pushed Brown ahead 11-9 before MIT closed the contest's scoring with 11 seconds remaining. 

Brown 11, MIT 10
Brown....................... 5…3…2…1…11
MIT............................. 1…2…4…3…10
Brown Goals: Deirmenjian 3, Bush 2, Kirchberg 2, Thygesen 2, Burke, Hwang.
Brown Saves: Renken 9.