No. 18 Men’s Water Polo Kicks Off Bruno Fall Invitational on Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The second Brown-hosted tournament in as many weekends kicks off this Friday as the No. 18 Brown men's water polo team takes on Cal Lutheran at 8 p.m. in the Bears' first game in the three-day, seven-team Bruno Fall Invitational. Brown is slated for five contests, three of which are against nationally-ranked squads.

 

Last weekend, the Bears finished the Bruno Fall Classic with a 3-2 record after seizing victories over Connecticut College, Harvard and Washington & Jefferson. Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) took home the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Player of the Week award while classmate Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) received the Defensive Player of the Week honor for their play during the tournament.

 

This weekend, Brown faces the adversity of playing without Fox and senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.), who will be sidelined due to injury.

 

"It was great to get the season started last week, and while we made improvements each game, we got a little banged up," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "This week we play a very tough five games against some of the best teams in the country. Not having McNamara and Fox will be challenging, but it is also a good time to see the freshmen step up."

 

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SCOUTING THE KINGSMEN

 

Cal Lutheran has yet to earn its first win of 2013 after losing four decisions to nationally-prominent teams in the UC San Diego Invitational on Sep. 7-8. A dozen players made their collegiate debut for the Kingsmen, who were led by Max Zappas (four goals, five draw ejections) and Hunter Hamaker (two goals, seven draw ejections) during the tournament.

 

SCOUTING THE MIDS

 

The 17th-ranked United States Naval Academy squad makes its way to Providence with a spotless 5-0 record this season, but has yet to face a top-20 team. The Mids have scored at will thus far, posting double digits in all five contests and scoring at least 27 points twice. Navy unleashed a 27-3 trouncing on Penn State Behrend in the season opener, then defeated Mt. San Antonio 28-9 in the Navy Open finale. Senior left-hander Taylor Setness is the player to watch after a five-goal performance in a 17-9 win over the MAB club team.

 

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS

 

The Bears welcome MIT to the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center for the second weekend in a row but the teams face off for the first time this season on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Engineers went 1-2 at the Bruno Fall Classic, falling to No. 9 UC Irvine, 19-2, and No. 5 Stanford, 23-5, before picking up a win over Washington & Jefferson. Sopohomore Joe Kusters paced the Engineers with three goals and two steals against the Presidents.

 

SCOUTING THE TERRIERS

 

The Terriers of St. Francis Brooklyn dropped two spots to 12th in the CWPA National Poll after a 2-2 start at the Bruno Fall Classic. Losses to West coast powers UC Irvine and Stanford were buffered by wins over Harvard and Connecticut College thanks to four goals by rookie Lazar Komadinic and 22 saves by Igor Mladenovic against the Crimson.

 

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

 

Pacific climbed to third in the country despite having played just one contest so far this season. The lone game proved significant, however, as the Tigers toppled No. 16 Santa Clara, 19-7, on the strength of seven goals by senior Balazs Erdelyi.

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

 

Friday

Cal Lutheran vs. Connecticut College, 5 p.m.

Cal Lutheran vs. No. 18 Brown, 8 p.m.

 

Saturday

No. 3 Pacific vs. MIT, 9:15 a.m.

Cal Lutheran vs. No. 12 St. Francis, 10:30 a.m.

No. 17 Navy vs. No. 18 Brown, 12 p.m.

MIT vs. Connecticut College, 1:15 p.m.

No. 3 Pacific vs. No. 12 St. Francis, 2:30 p.m.

Cal Lutheran vs. No. 17 Navy, 3:45 p.m.

MIT vs. No. 18 Brown, 5 p.m.

No. 17 Navy vs. Connecticut College, 6:30 p.m.

 

Sunday

No. 3 Pacific vs. No. 17 Navy, 8:30 a.m.

No. 12 St. Francis vs. No. 18 Brown, 9:45 a.m.

Cal Lutheran vs. MIT, 11 a.m.

No. 3 Pacific vs. No. 18 Brown, 12:15 p.m.

No. 12 St. Francis vs. No. 17 Navy, 1:30 p.m.