Men’s Water Polo Sweeps Fordham, Iona to Wrap Up Regular Season Home Slate
FORDHAM 2 1 4 6 - 13
BROWN 1 3 6 4 - 14
GOALS: McNamara 5, Fox 3, Gallas 2, Klein 2, Smith 1, Wyatt 1
SAVES: Shockley 9
IONA 0 2 2 1 - 5
BROWN 5 4 4 3 - 16
GOALS: Klein 5, McNamara 3, Smith 3, Fox 2, Deaver 1, Gallas 1, Villeneuve 1
SAVES: Shockley 11, Brown 4
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) sank a combined eight goals over two games to lead the Brown men's water polo team to a pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division wins over Fordham, 14-13, and Iona, 16-5, at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday. The Bears wrap up their regular season home schedule with a 12-9 overall record and 7-5 mark in division play.
Senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) made 20 saves between the two contests to move into second place on Brown's all-time career saves list, passing Jay Fantone '05 and trailing only Kent Holland '10 for the program record.
The opening game saw McNamara score three times in a crucial third quarter to lift Brown to a tight 14-13 win over the Rams of Fordham, who threatened to rally with six fourth-quarter scores but fell just short. The Bears struck twice in the final 22 seconds of play in the third with McNamara and junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) opening up a 10-7 lead. Fordham fought back to within 11-10 on three unanswered tallies, but McNamara and fellow senior Grant Villeneuve (Atherton, Calif.) joined forces for a combined nine steals to thwart the Rams comeback.
The Bears claimed victory more handedly in the nightcap thanks to a five-goal showing by sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) and three each from McNamara and freshman Warren Smith (Dallas, Texas). Brown jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first as five different Bears found the back of the net and then grew its lead to 13-4 over Iona with back-to-back 4-2 frames. Klein struck twice in the last quarter to give the Bears their third-highest scoring total of the season, while Brown snagged a combined 17 steals – led by junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) with five – to shut down the Gaels attack.
Brown returns to action next Saturday and Sunday at the Ivy League Championships hosted by Penn in Philadelphia, Pa.