Annapolis, MD- The Brown University men's water polo team closed out the North/South Challenge hosted at Navy this weekend with a 19-11 victory over Mercyhurst and an 11-8 win over George Washington to close out the weekend 4-0 improving to 5-4 on the year. Sophomore Svetozar Stefanovic led the offense with 13 goals and 5 assists, while Walker Shockley helped lead the defensive effort with 10 saves.
Against Mercyhurst, the Bears came out hot scoring seven goals to the Lakers one, and then built their lead to 9-2 at halftime. The Bears had another big quarter after the intermission scoring seven more goals while holding the Lakers to five to take a 16-7 lead, and close out the fourth quarter with three goals to earn a 19-11 win.
Stefanovic led the way with seven goals and three assists, while James McNamara knocked in six goals, handed out three assists and picked up two steals. Also scoring was Cyrus Mojdehi with three, while Eric Robb, Dean Serure and Chris Culin added one apiece.
Walker Shockley had two saves in the cage for the Bears and split time with rookie goalkeeper Andrew Brown who tallied one.
Against George Washington, the Bears got off to another great start outscoring the Colonials 4-1 in the first and 3-2 in the second to gain a 7-3 lead at the half. Both squads tallied just one goal in the third, but GW was able to edge the Bears 4-3 in scoring in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to come back from its early deficit.
Stefanovic led the attack with six goals, two assists and three steals, while Grant Villeneuve added two goals and an assist. McNamara had a outstanding game for the Bears handing out four assists and picked up one save, while also adding to the offense was Toby Espinosa, Chris Culin and Michael Hartwick with one goal each.
The Bears are back in action on September 25 against St. Francis at 12:30 p.m. at Flushing Meadows Park, and will then travel to Harvard for a noon march on October 8.