Providence, R.I. – Senior Sveotzar Stefanovic scored seven goals and handed out two assists to help lead the No. 12 Brown men's water polo team to a 17-8 victory over the visiting M.I.T. Engineers in the semifinals of the CWPA Northern Division Championships on Saturday afternoon.
Stefanovic tallied the first two goals of the game to give the Bears a 2-0 lead just 1.5 minutes into the game. MIT's Matthew Orton netted a goal at the 5:54 mark to bring the Engineers within one, but Henry Fox scored with 4:23 on the clock to extend Brown's lead back up to two to end the quarter.
MIT tallied the first score of the second quarter to cut its deficit to one. But the Bears went on a 4-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 7-2 lead. Kale Rogers put in a goal for MIT with 3:40 remaining, but Grant Villeneuve and Stefanovic scored to give Brown a 9-3 advantage. Both teams knocked in a goal in the final minute of play, but the Bears headed into the intermission with a 10-4 lead.
The Bears continued to roll in the third quarter outscoring MIT 4-2. The Engineers scored at the 5:17 mark to cut their deficit to five, but Stefanovic put in two goals and Villeneuve recorded one to put the Bears ahead 13-5. Again, both teams netted a goal in the final minute to put Brown on top 14-6 heading into the final eight minutes.
Nick Deaver scored two goals for Bruno in the fourth and Stefanovic scored to increase Brown's lead to 17-7 with 3:07 left in the game. MIT's was able to score with 47 seconds left, but the Bears earned the 17-8 victory.
Adding to the Bears' offense was Fox with four goals, followed by Villeneuve with three goals and four steals. Also scoring was Nick Deaver with two goals and five steals, and James McNamara with one.