Water Polo Opens Season with Split at MIT Invitational

Boston, MA- The Brown University men's water polo team opened up the 2011 season with a 10-6 loss to Cal Baptist and a 9-5 victory over MIT at the MIT Invitational this afternoon.

Against the Lancers, the scoring was even at 2-2 after the first eight minutes, but Cal Baptist gained a 4-3 advantage heading into halftime. Then, Cal Baptist outscored the Bears 4-2 in the third and 2-1 in the fourth to defeat Brown 10-6 in game one.

Sophomore Walker Shockley picked up eight saves in the cage, while James McNamara led the offense with two goals and five steals. Also scoring was Nick Deaver, Cyrus Mojdehi, Grant Villeneuve, and Svetozar Stefanovic. Mojdehi also handed out one assist for the Bears.

The Bears roared back in game two against the Engineers, outscoring MIT 4-0 in the first quarter. Both squads put in two goals in the second quarter, but the Bears held onto a 6-2 lead at the intermission.

Brown continued to roll after the half outscoring MIT 3-1 in the third, but the Engineers shut down Bruno in the fourth 2-0, but it wasn't enough to catch the Bears.

Mojdehi and Stefanovic led the attack with three goals apiece, while also adding to the scoring was Deaver, McNamara and Michael Hartwick. McNamara added two assists and three steals for the Bears, while Henry Fox picked up two steals.

Shockley and Andrew Brown both saw some action in the cage against, as Shockley posted six saves and Brown picked up one.

The Bears are back in action at the Princeton Invitational at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 against St. Francis, followed by a 7 p.m. match against Santa Clara.