Men’s Water Polo Starts Season 7-0 after Kick-Off Invitational; Head Coach Felix Mercado Earns 100th win at Brown
Providence, RI- The Brown University men's water polo team finished the weekend with a perfect 7-0 record after defeating Diablo Valley College, MIT and Florida this afternoon at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. Also, Brown water polo coach Felix Mercado earned his 100th win with the team's final victory of the day against Florida.
"It was a good weekend overall," said Mercado. "I don't think the team is anywhere near where we need to be if we want to win a championship, but we are heading in the right direction. Every game we played this weekend made us a better team."
Svetozar Stefanovic led the offensive effort today with 16 goals in Brown's three games, followed by Henry Fox with eight, Cyrus Mojdehi with six and James McNamara with four. Brown goalkeeper Walker Shockley led the Bears' defense this weekend earning 24 saves in two games this afternoon.
In game one against DVC, the Bears dominated on offense defeating the Vikings 17-8 with the help of six goals by Stefanovic and four goals and two assists by Mojdehi.
Brown jumped out to a 5-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play, and was edged 3-2 in scoring in the second but still went into halftime with a 7-5 advantage. Brown went on a 5-2 run in the third and outscored DVC 5-1 in the fourth to earn the team's fifth straight victory of the weekend.
Shockley, who earned 15 saves in his 29 minutes of play, led Brown's defensive effort. Helping out with the offense was McNamara with two goals, three assists and five steals, and Michael Hartwick gave a solid effort with a goal, three assists and four steals.
Brown continued to roll in game two of the day picking up a 13-1 victory over the MIT Engineers. Stefanovic led the offense with five goals and two steals, while Henry Fox tallied three goals and two steals.
Brown shut out the Engineers in the first three quarters earning a 10-0 lead, and outscored MIT 3-1 in the fourth to end the game. Shockley finished the contest with nine saves.
Florida gave the Bears a tougher time in their final game of the weekend, but Bruno still came out on top, 15-10.
The score was even throughout the first and second quarter with a 5-5 tie at the half, but Brown edged Florida 5-3 in the third and 5-2 in the fourth to secure the win.
Stefanovic led the offense again with five goals and picked up four steals, while Henry Fox added four goals and an assist.
The Bears won't have much time to recover from their seven games as they will be traveling to Princeton for a three-day tournament. Brown will take on Cal Lutheran on Friday, Sept. 7, followed by games against Johns Hopkins and Bucknell on Saturday, Sept. 8.