Men’s Water Polo Tops Harvard, Falls to Princeton to Place Second at Ivy League Championship
Brown 2 3 4 3 - 12
Harvard 2 1 0 6 - 9
Goals: Klein 6, Fox 2, Deaver 1, Gallas 1, Irwin 1, Smith 1
Saves: Shockley 6
Princeton 3 3 3 4 - 13
Brown 2 4 4 2 - 12
Goals: McNamara 4, Fox 2, Wyatt 2, Culin 1, Irwin 1, Klein 1, Villeneuve 1
Saves: Shockley 9
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A wild fourth quarter of the Ivy League Championship game saw the Brown men's water polo team fall to No. 15 Princeton, 13-12, giving the Bears second place honors after defeating No. 17 Harvard, 12-9, earlier in the day at Penn on Sunday. Brown evened the season series to 2-2 against the Crimson to improve to 13-10 overall.
Sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calif.) scored a combined seven goals, including six in the game one victory, while senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) and junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) each tallied four goals. Senior Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) manned the goal in both games and made a combined 15 saves.
The Bears mounted a 9-3 lead over Harvard after three quarters, but the Crimson rattled off six goals in the fourth quarter to narrow the gap. Brown kept the offense moving, however, and added three fourth-quarter goals to run away with a 12-9 victory. Fox and McNamara headed the attack with four assists each, while junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) and sophomore Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) disrupted Harvard's game plan with four steals apiece.
Against the Tigers, Brown turned a 6-6 tie at halftime into a 10-9 advantage with back-to-back four-goal quarters. McNamara corralled three steals to go with four goals and give the Bears 10 total steals, but Princeton proved undaunted, rallying for four goals in the final frame to sneak away with a 13-12 win and claim the Ivy League Championship.
Brown heads to Connecticut College for a Collegiate Water Polo Northern Division contest on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before traveling to California for five games in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational over the weekend.