October 26, 2011

Bears Sweep CWPA Northern Division Weekly Awards; Fan Bus for Tomorrow’s Game vs. MIT

Providence, RI- Sophomore James McNamara (Los Angeles, CA), sophomore Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, CA) and freshman Nick Deaver (Orinda, CA) helped the Bears to a 2-3 weekend at the Rodeo Invitational defeating #15 Santa Clara and #18 Air Force after picking up two Northern Division victories against Iona and Connecticut College on Wednesday night to sweep CWPA Northern Division honors.

The Bears will take on MIT tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at Wheaton College, and all students, faculty, staff and friends of the men's water polo team are encouraged to ride the fan bus provided by the Brown Sports Foundation. The Bus will leave tomorrow, Oct. 27 at 7:15 p.m. from the Swimming Bubble, behind the OMAC and will be FREE for those showing their support for the squad.

McNamara was named the Northern Division's Player of the Week after scoring four goals in both of the Bears wins over Santa Clara and Air Force. He tallied four goals, two assists, three steals, a save and two ejections drawn during Brown's 10-4 victory over the Broncos, before chipping in a goal, an assist and six steals in a 9-4 loss against Cal Baptist.

During Brown's 12-10 win versus Air Force, McNamara added four goals, two assists, six steals, two ejections drawn and a save, while adding four steals and three assists in a loss to #3 Stanford with a steal versus UC Davis.

Deaver scored six times and added 10 steals, an ejection drawn and a field block during the Bears' trip out west to earn Rookie of the Week honors. He contributed three goals and two steals in the Bears' victory over Santa Clara, while tacking on two steals against Cal Baptist. In addition, Deaver added two goals, a steal, a save and an ejection drawn versus Air Force and combined for five steals against Stanford and UC-Davis.

The backbone of Brown's defense, Shockley played outstanding defense for the Bears to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors. Shockley led the defense with 13 saves, an ejection drawn and a steal during Brown's 10-4 victory in its opening game of the Rodeo against host #15 Santa Clara, and then tallied eight saves, a steal and an assist during Brown's 9-4 deficit to #18 Cal Baptist.

Shockley played a huge game for the Bears against #18 Air Force tallying 11 saves in a 12-10 victory, and then combined for 18 saves and a steal in Brown's final two games of the weekend against #3 Stanford and #12 UC Davis.