Providence, RI- The No. 13 Brown men's water polo team (14-2, 2-0) defeated St. Francis 14-9 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-0 in CWPA Northern Division play at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The Bears shot out to a 3-2 lead in the first eight minutes of the game, but St. Francis had a six-goal second quarter outburst to take an 8-6 advantage heading into halftime. Brown went on to outscore the Terriers 5-1 in the third and took an 11-9 lead heading into the final quarter of play.
Henry Fox scored the first goal of the fourth quarter, but Balint Toth put one past Walker Shockley to keep St. Francis within two. Toth put in another at the 5:11 mark , but Nick Deaver scored for the Bears to keep the two-goal lead. St. Francis came back and put in the next two goals to even the score at 13-13, but Svetozar Stefanovic tossed one in with 42 seconds remaining to lead the Bears to its first victory over the Terriers.
However, after the conclusion of the game, the St. Francis coach filed a protest due to a misapplication of the rules in the third quarter which required the game to be replayed back to 5:57 left in the third quarter when the score was tied at 8-8. Brown had to play most of the second half again without third-leading scorer James McNamara who was injured during the protested play.
The Bears responded by outscoring St. Francis 6-1 to take a commanding and official score of 14-9. Stefanovic exploded for four goals in the replayed half to end the official game with six. Henry Fox and Nick Deaver also tallied a goal in the half. Shockley led the defense with 12 saves.
Brown will resume play next Saturday in New York in games against Iona and Fordham.
Photo of Svetozar Stefanovic by dspics.net