PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After a pair of home tournaments, the No. 17 Brown men's water polo team hits the road for a trio of Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division games in New York, beginning at No. 14 St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Bears then face Fordham on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. before traveling to Iona on Sunday for a 12 p.m. tilt.
"Making the trip down to New York is always interesting," said Head Coach Felix Mercado, noting the importance of the return of junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) and senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) after both missed last weekend's tournament due to injury. "A couple of the pools will present a challenge, but at the end of the day, water polo is water polo. We are moving in the right direction health-wise and it will be nice to have our entire team for only the second game this season."
Saturday's match at St. Francis Brooklyn can be viewed live on NEC Front Row.
STRONG START BUMPS BEARS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
Brown, now 6-4 on the season, jumped up one spot in the CWPA National Poll to 17th following a 3-2 showing at the Bruno Fall Invitational last week. A decisive 14-5 win over Cal Lutheran led to a hard-fought 12-10 victory over then-17th-ranked Navy and a 14-10 decision over MIT. The Bears look for redemption against the Terriers, however, as St. Francis Brooklyn handed Brown an 11-9 setback at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center last Sunday.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS
St. Francis Brooklyn finished third overall in the NCAA Championship last season and are 5-3 so far this year. Three players have at least 13 goals for the Terriers, led by Bosko Stankovic with 15. Vuk Vujosevic has been a force defensively with 21 steals, while Igor Mladenovic has 59 saves and 22 steals as the go-to goalie.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Fordham stands at 5-3 on the season as well, but the Rams have not won consecutive contests since opening the year with a pair of wins over Salem International and Notre Dame College. Brown will get Fordham on the back end of an Ivy League double header as the Rams host Harvard at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Sophomore Patrick Lenihan has the hot hand for Fordham as of late, landing on the CWPA Northern Division Honor Roll after sinking eight goals and corralling four steals at the Bucknell Bison Invitational.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
Iona seeks the elusive first win of 2013 after a 0-8 start. The Gaels drew nationally-ranked opponents in their last two contests, falling to No. 16 Santa Clara, 18-3, and No. 14 Princeton, 11-6. The Bears face Iona in the Gaels' third of four Division contests of the weekend as Iona hosts MIT and Harvard on Saturday before battling Brown and Connecticut College on Sunday.
The Bears are away the following weekend as well with Northern Division contests at MIT and Harvard on Saturday, Sep. 28.