Providence, RI- The No. 13 Brown University men's water polo team picked up its first CWPA Northern Division victory with a 15-7 win over the visiting Connecticut College Camels on Friday evening at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The Bears improved to 14-2 overall on the year, and are now 1-0 in league play, while the Camels dropped to 1-4.
Senior captain Svetozar Stefanovic led the Bears offense with five goals and a steal, followed by James McNamara with four goals, three assists and three steals. Leading the defense was sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Brown, who tallied seven saves to earn his first win of the year.
The Bears were hot from the start as senior Cyrus Mojdehi found the back of the net just 14 seconds into the game. Stefanovic tossed one in at the 7:16 mark and the CWPA Northern Division Player of the Week, Henry Fox, put in back-to-back goals in a two-minute span to give the Bears a 4-0 lead. A goal by Bryan Russell gave Brown a five-goal advantage, but Connecticut College freshman center Carlos Heros put one past Brown with 2:47 to go.
Heros started off the second quarter with a goal at the 6:42 mark, but Stefanovic and freshman Matty Gallas each knocked one in to head into halftime with a 7-2 lead. The Camels scored the first three goals of the third quarter to cut their deficit to just three with 5:22 on the clock, but two straight goals scored by James McNamara and then Stefanovic pushed the Bears ahead, 11-5. Heros closed out the third quarter scoring a goal with 11 seconds left on the clock to cut their deficit to five.
McNamara netted his third goal of the game 20 seconds into the fourth quarter, and Stefanovic, Nick Deaver and McNamara tallied scores to extend the Bears' lead to 15-6. Heros ended the game with a goal with 2:04 on the clock to bring the Camels within eight.
Helping out Brown's offense tonight was Fox, who scored two goals and handed out an assist. Deaver had a team-high four assists, and Michael Hartwick led the team in steals with four.
The Bears will continue league action at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow when the squad takes on St. Francis.
Photo of Svetozar Stefanovic '13 by dspics.net