No. 19 Brown Men’s Water Polo Defeats Loyola Marymount (OT), Santa Clara

No. 19 Brown Men’s Water Polo Defeats Loyola Marymount (OT), Santa Clara

SARATOGA and SANTA CLARA, Calif. – No. 19 Brown University men's water polo defeated Loyola Marymount University in overtime, 11-9, and topped Santa Clara University, 12-11, on Saturday at West Valley College's WVC Aquatic Center and Santa Clara's Sullivan Aquatic Center respectively.

Playing in their second day at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, the Bears (14-9) rallied from a two-goal deficit with less than two minutes to play in regulation to edge the Lions (5-13) in overtime in game one before senior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds to play in the win over the host Broncos (6-10) in game two.

Senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) led the Bears with six goals on the day, including three goals in the fourth quarter and overtime vs. LMU. Junior Travis Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.) netted a game-high four goals against SCU, and sophomore Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) put the Bears up for good with a goal in overtime vs. LMU.

A total of 14 goals have decided Brown's last 12 games with the Bears playing in three overtime contests during that span and compiling a 7-5 overall record.

Next, Brown concludes the tournament on Sunday with a game against Fresno Pacific at noon ET.

Game 1 – No. 19 Brown 11, Loyola Marymount 9 (OT)

SARATOGA, Calif. – Senior Tyler Kirchberg netted all three of his goals in the fourth quarter and overtime, and sophomore Hudson Rawlings scored the game-winning goal in OT as No. 19 Brown rallied past Loyola Marymount, 11-9, on Saturday morning at West Valley College's WVC Aquatic Center.

In their first contest of the day and their second game at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, the Bears came back from a two-goal deficit with less than two minutes to play in regulation and tallied the only two goals of overtime. A total of 13 goals have decided Brown's last 11 games with the Bears playing in three overtime contests during that span.

Trailing 9-7 inside of the final 100 seconds of regulation, Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) scored with 1:34 remaining and with 56 seconds left to force overtime. After a scoreless first bonus session, Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) netted the game winner with 1:00 to go in the second overtime, and Kirchberg added an insurance goal with 41 seconds on the clock.

Kirchberg and sophomore Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) paced the Bears with three goals apiece. Rawlings and sophomore James Thygesen (Menlo Park, Calif.) each scored two goals while junior Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) chipped in a goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) made 10 saves as he and the Brown defense allowed just one goal between the fourth quarter and overtime.

The Bears opened the game with a 3-2 lead at the 2:59 mark of the first quarter as Carroll, Rawlings, and Thygesen all registered goals. LMU closed the stanza with a pair of tallies, including a 5-meter penalty shot goal, to take a 4-3 lead after the first period.

After the Lions went ahead 5-3 with 2:12 remaining in the second quarter, Thygesen and Deirmenjian netted back-to-back goals in the final 1:36 of the half to tie the score at 5-5 at the break.

Following a pair of goals from LMU to open the third quarter, Deirmenjian converted consecutive goals on power plays to again knot the score at 7-7 with 1:08 to play in the period. The Lions answered to bring an 8-7 edge into the fourth quarter.

LMU gained a 9-7 advantage with 5:13 to go in regulation before Kirchberg netted back-to-back tallies in the final 1:34 to push the game to overtime. Goals from Rawlings and Kirchberg in the second overtime period sealed the win.

San Jose State University served as the host school for the contest. 

Brown 11, Loyola Marymount 9 (OT)
Brown....................... 3…2…2…2…2…11
Loyola Marymount.. 4…1…3…1…0…9
Brown Goals: Deirmenjian 3, Kirchberg 3, Rawlings 2, Thygesen 2, Carroll.
Brown Saves: Hallal 10.

Game 2 – No. 19 Brown 12, Santa Clara 11

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Junior Travis Bouscaren scored a game-high four goals, senior Rico Burke netted the game-winning goal with 15 seconds to play, and No. 19 Brown topped Santa Clara, 12-11, on Saturday afternoon at the Sullivan Aquatic Center.

In their second contest of the day and third at the tournament, the Bears responded to a pair of game-tying goals in the final 3:30 to defeat the host Broncos. A total of 14 goals have decided Brown's last 12 games with the Bears playing in three overtime contests during that span.

In support of Bouscaren (Cambridge, Mass.), senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) registered three goals while seniors Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) and Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) each posted two goals. Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) gave the Bears the win with his only goal of the contest.

Junior goalie Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) turned aside 13 shots, including a stop on a 5-meter penalty shot.

After SCU tied the game at 8-8 early in the fourth quarter, Kirchberg and Hwang netted back-to-back tallies to put Brown up 10-8 with 6:44 to play. The hosts answered with a pair of goals to equalize at 10-10 with 3:22 remaining.

Kirchberg responded, converting a 5-meter penalty shot drawn by junior Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) with 2:30 to play and pushing Brown back ahead 11-10. SCU tied it once more at 11-11 with 1:34 left before Burke scored on the inside on a 6-on-5 off a pass from sophomore Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) with 15 seconds on the clock.

Santa Clara opened the contest with a 2-0 lead before Bouscaren scored to bring Brown within 2-1 heading to the second quarter.

Renken started the second stanza with a save on a 5-meter penalty shot prior to consecutive power-play goals from Bush and Bouscaren to give Brown a 3-2 edge. SCU countered with three straight goals to pull ahead 5-3 with 1:56 left in the half. Bouscaren and Kirchberg (5-meter penalty) scored inside of the half's final 38 seconds to tie the score at 5-5 at halftime.

After SCU began the third quarter's scoring, Brown went on a 3-0 run on goals from Bush, Bouscaren, and Hwang to gain an 8-6 lead with 2:32 to play in the period. A marker from the hosts trimmed the margin to 8-7 going to the fourth.

SCU tied the contest three times in the fourth frame, but two goals from Kirchberg, a tally from Hwang, and the game winner from Burke allowed the Bears to emerge with the road win. 

Brown 12, Santa Clara 11
Brown....................... 1…4…3…4…12
Santa Clara............. 2…3…2…4…11
Brown Goals: Bouscaren 4, Kirchberg 3, Bush 2, Hwang 2, Burke.
Brown Saves: Renken 13.