No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Beats Conn. College in Regular Season Finale, 11-5

No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Beats Conn. College in Regular Season Finale, 11-5

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A total of 10 different Bears scored goals as No. 14 Brown University men's water polo beat Connecticut College, 11-5, at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Wednesday night in its regular season finale.

The Bears (19-11) scored 10 straight goals to take a 10-1 lead at the 6:59 mark of the third quarter on their way to the win over the visiting Camels (8-15).

Entering the postseason, Brown has earned the No. 4 seed in the NWPC Championship and will play No. 5 seed MIT on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 p.m. at Harvard's Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.

Junior Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.) paced the Bears with two goals and an assist while junior Spencer Carroll (Newport Beach, Calif.) tallied a goal and four assists.

Freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) made nine saves in the first half and netted a goal as a field player in the fourth quarter. Normally field players, seniors Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) and Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) turned aside five and three shots respectively in the cage. Hwang added a goal in the first quarter.

Sophomore Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) totaled a goal and an assist. Brown's other single goal scorers included senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.), sophomores Christian Cooper (Chicago, Ill.), Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.), and James Thygesen (Menlo Park, Calif.), and freshman Adam Fuller (Santa Barbara, Calif.).

Sophomore Galen Hu (Colleyville, Texas) tacked on two assists and four ejections drawn. Carroll, Hwang, Fuller, and freshman Paul Kalandiak (Miami, Fla.) each chipped in two steals.

After the Camels netted the game's first tally, Brown scored the game's next 10 goals to lead 10-1 with 6:59 to play in the third quarter.

In the first frame, Hwang converted a 5-meter penalty shot before Nunez scored back-to-back goals on assists from Carroll to give Brown a 3-1 lead after one.

The Bears outscored Conn. College 5-0 in the second quarter behind goals from Kirchberg, Carroll, Fuller, Deirmenjian, and Cooper in order as the hosts gained an 8-1 edge at halftime.

Thygesen and Rawlings charted consecutive goals to start the third quarter before the Camels countered with four straight goals to pull within 10-5 with 7:30 to play. A goal from Hallal with 5:35 to go accounted for the final margin.

Brown swept the season series with Conn. College as the Bears beat the Camels, 12-6, on Sept. 20 in New London, Conn.

The 2017 NWPC Championship runs from Nov. 17-19 at Harvard with the winner of the tournament earning the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. 

Brown 11, Conn. College 5
Brown....................... 3…5…2…1…11
Conn. College......... 1…0…3…1…5
Brown Goals: Nunez 2, Carroll, Cooper, Deirmenjian, Fuller, Hallal, Hwang, Kirchberg, Rawlings, Thygesen.
Brown Saves: Hallal 9, Burke 5, Hwang 3.