No. 18 Men's Water Polo Takes Down No. 17 Navy, MIT at Day Two of Bruno Fall Invitational
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 18 Brown men's water polo team picked up a pair of victories over No. 17 Navy and MIT to highlight the second day of the Bruno Fall Invitational at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday. The Bears now stand at 6-2 after winning six of their last seven contests and head into Sunday's slate with a 4-0 showing over the last two days.
"To be able to beat two quality teams like MIT and Navy today is a true testament about this team," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Shorthanded and all, we battled for four quarters versus both of them. We still have a lot of work to do and obviously getting healthy is a priority."
The Bears stormed out to a 5-2 lead midway through the second quarter, but the Mids of Navy rallied back to tie the game at 9-9 with 4:56 left in the final frame. Junior Nick Deaver (Orinda. Calif.) then scored back-to-back goals to reclaim the lead for the hosts. The teams exchanged goals late but the Bears hung on for the 12-10 victory.
Deaver posted a season-high five goals while adding three assists and three steals. Sophomore Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) recorded two goals and five assists, and freshman Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) sank four goals to round out the Brown attack.
Smith continued his torrid scoring run with five goals against the Engineers, while Gallas checked in with three goals and a pair of helpers. Deaver recorded two goals and was a force defensively with five steals. Shockley went the duration between the pipes and made eight saves to compliment two steals and an assist.
The Bears wrap up the third and final day of the Bruno Fall Invitational on Sunday when they take on St. Francis (N.Y.) at 9:45 a.m. and Pacific at 12:15 p.m.