PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the Collegiate Water Polo Association postseason fast approaching, the Brown men's water polo team (10-8, 5-4 CWPA North) closes its regular season home schedule this weekend when the Bears host No. 17 Harvard (8-8, 6-1 CWPA North) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before Saturday's games against Fordham (11-7, 3-2 CWPA North) at 2 p.m. and Iona (3-16, 2-3 CWPA North) at 7 p.m. The three Northern Division tilts will be highlighted by Saturday's Senior Night celebration at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
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SENIOR NIGHT SENDOFF
Saturday evening's contest will feature pregame ceremonies to honor Brown's five seniors: Chris Culin (Danville, Calif.), James McNamara (Encino, Calif.), Eric Robb (Winnetka, Ill.), Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Grant Villeneuve (Atherton, Calif.).
The Bears' class of 2013 helped lead the team to three consecutive CWPA Northern Division Championship games and three Eastern Championship tournament bids, including a third-place finish in 2011. The crew roped in numerous honors, highlighted by five ACWPC All-Academic selections, two CWPA All-Northern Division picks, two CWPA All-Eastern nods and one ACWPC All-American award.
FRESHMEN FIRE POWER
Freshmen Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas) and Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) landed on the CWPA Northern Division Weekly Honor Roll after their performances against Connecticut College, MIT and St. Francis Brooklyn last weekend. Smith, a selection for CWPA North Rookie of the Week earlier this season, had a combined six goals, five steals and five draw ejections over three games, while Wyatt sunk a career-high five goals in Friday's 18-4 rout of the Camels.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Ranked 17th in the latest CWPA national poll, the Crimson are .500 overall at 8-8 but hold a strong 6-1 mark atop the CWPA Northern Division. The Bears have split with their Ancient Eight rivals this season, topping Harvard 9-8 in a come-from-behind victory in the season-opening Bruno Fall Classic before falling in a low-scoring 6-5 affair in Cambridge on Sep. 28.
Harvard is led by three-time CWPA Defensive Player of the Week Colin Woolway, who has helped the Crimson outscore opponents 65-34 during its five-game winning streak. Noah Harrison boasts a team-best 32 goals and Blake Lee helps generate offense with a team-high 27 assists.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Fordham comes off a 3-3 showing during an action-packed three-day swing in California that saw the Rams earn wins over Mt. San Antonio, Occidental and LaVerne. Nicholas Allen scored four goals on the final day of competition at the Gary Troyer Tournament, while Noah LeBeau handled the goalkeeping duties with 18 total saves.
Earlier this season, Brown grabbed a decisive 17-5 win at Fordham as part of a three-game weekend in New York. Nine Bears found the back of the net in the victory, headed by Wyatt and fellow freshman Luke Irwin (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) with three goals each.
SCOUTING THE GAELS
The Gaels of Iona have yet to win on the road this season in five true away games, and are 1-9 in neutral site contests. Nevertheless, Iona stands 2-3 in Northern Division play and fought the Bears to a tough 15-13 decision that saw Brown pull out the win in New York.
Most recently, Iona beat Caltech, 19-7, and fell to and No. 10 Loyola Marymount, 19-9, last Saturday. Senior Jake Lloyd paced his squad with 10 goals on the day.
LAST TIME OUT
Brown dropped both ends of a home Northern Division doubleheader last Saturday with a 15-13 loss to MIT and a 10-9 heartbreaker against No. 16 St. Francis Brooklyn.
The Bears head to Philadelphia for the Ivy League Championships hosted by Penn next Saturday and Sunday.