Providence, R.I. – The No. 12 Brown University men's water polo team fell 8-7 to No. 15 St. Francis in the championship game of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championships on Sunday afternoon at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The Bears, who are now 27-3 on the year, were led by sophomore Nick Deaver's three goals. Also adding to the offense was senior Cyrus Mojdehi, sophomore Henry Fox, freshman Will Klein and senior Svetozar Stefanovic with one goal apiece.
"I felt we played well enough to pull it out, but in the end they converted on opportunities we gave them," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Right now we have to regroup and prepare for the Eastern Championships. Our goal has not changed. We will learn and be ready to play in two weeks."
The Bears jumped on St. Francis early and gained a 2-0 lead within the first two minutes of the game after goals scored by Stefanovic and Deaver. But Marko Gencic of St. Francis put one past Brown's Walker Shockley to come within one after the first eight minutes.
Deaver tallied two goals in the second quarter, the first was at the 6:02 mark to give Bruno a 3-2 lead, and the second was with just 48 seconds left to earn a 4-3 lead heading into halftime.
Bosko Stankovic evened the score at 4-4 three minutes into the third, but Brown's Mojdehi and Fox scored the last two goals of the quarter to extend its lead to 6-4 at the end of the third quarter.
St. Francis went off in the fourth and outscored the Bears 4-1. Stankovic knocked in two straight goals to even the score at 6-6 with four minutes to go in the game, but Klein recorded a goal with 3:28 to go to put the Bears ahead by one. St. Francis was able to score two goals in the final three minutes to top the Bears, 8-7 to claim the Northern Division Championship.
Brown's Walker Shockley earned seven saves in the cage, while James McNamara helped out the Bears with two assists and three steals.