CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Tommy Bush scored three goals to lead No. 15 Brown University men's water polo past George Washington University, 12-11, in the Harvard Invitational on Friday night at Blodgett Pool.
Playing in their sixth straight one-goal game, the Bears (10-7) gained leads of 8-4 at halftime and 9-7 after three quarters before holding off a late rally from the Colonials (10-8) – a team receiving votes in the latest CWPA poll.
In support of Bush (Lafayette, Calif.), a quartet of Bears netted two goals apiece. The group included senior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.), junior Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.), sophomore Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.), and freshman Aidan Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.). Freshman Adam Fuller (Santa Barbara, Calif.) added one goal.
Junior Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) totaled three assists and two steals while Burke tallied three assists and two steals. Fuller and Deirmenjian chipped in three steals and two steals respectively.
Freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) made six saves along with an assist and a steal.
The Bears opened the game with a 5-1 lead and held a 5-2 edge at the end of the first quarter. Nunez netted the contest's first two goals before GW pulled within 2-1. Brown then went on a 3-0 run behind goals from Fuller, Bush, and Reilly prior to a second marker for the Colonials.
After George Washington pulled within 5-4 midway through the second stanza, Brown used another 3-0 run to go ahead 8-4 at the half. Burke, Deirmenjian, and Bush provided the goals for the Bears during the streak, including a tally from Bush with six seconds to play in the period.
Despite a goal from Deirmenjian, GW outscored the Bears 3-1 in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 9-7 heading to the final frame.
The Colonials sliced the margin to 9-8 with 4:03 to play before Brown netted three unanswered goals in a 1:28 span to capture a 12-8 edge with 2:20 left. Reilly, Bush, and Burke scored in order in the burst. GW responded with the game's last three goals inside of the final 1:57, but the Bears did not allow a tying goal.
Next, Brown continues play in the Harvard Invitational on Saturday with games against Johns Hopkins (8:00 a.m.) and No. 18 Bucknell (2:00 p.m.) before concluding the tournament on Sunday with contests against No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (11:45 a.m.), and Boston Metro (3:30 p.m., exhibition).
Brown 12, George Washington 11
G. Washington........ 2…2…3…4…11
Brown Goals: Bush 3, Burke 2, Deirmenjian 2, Nunez 2, Reilly 2, Fuller.
Brown Saves: Hallal 6.