No. 20 Men’s Water Polo Sweeps UC Davis, Fresno Pacific in Regular Season Finale
BROWN 0 2 4 3 - 9
UC Davis 3 2 1 2 - 8
Goals: Fox 4, Klein 3, Deaver 1, Gallas 1
Saves: Shockley 12
BROWN 2 3 2 2 - 9
FRESNO PACIFIC 1 0 2 3 - 6
Goals: Deaver 3, Fox 2, Wyatt 2, Klein 1, Smith 1
Saves: Weiser 13
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) found the back of the net six times over two contests to drive the No. 20 Brown men's water polo team to a 9-8 win over No. 11 UC Davis and a 9-6 victory versus Fresno Pacific to wrap up the Rodeo Tournament at Santa Clara University on Sunday. One of just three teams along with Santa Clara and Concordia (Calif.) to win four games in the three-day event, Brown closes out the regular season with an 18-11 overall record.
Junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Cailf.) sank three goals in the nightcap to complete a four-goal day, while sophomore Will Klein (Pasadena, Calf.) scored three times, including the go-ahead goal with just 48 seconds left in regulation, to help defeat UC Davis.
Senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) made 12 saves and added a steal against the nationally-ranked Aggies, and freshman goaltender Luke Weiser (Los Alamitos, Calf.) made 13 saves after getting the start against the Sunbirds.
Despite getting blanked in the first quarter against UC Davis, Fox and Klein registered second-quarter goals to cut the deficit to 5-2 at the half. The Bears put up a four-spot in the third quarter on the strength of two more Fox tallies, and Klein deposited the game-winner to break an 8-8 tie with under a minute to go in the final frame.
Freshman Jake Wyatt (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) struck twice in the second quarter against Fresno Pacific and a strong Bears defense held the Sunbirds scoreless in the period to give Brown a comfortable 5-1 lead at halftime. Fresno Pacific would outscore Brown 5-4 in the second half, getting within two goals (8-6) on a pair of unanswered scores in the fourth, but Fox delivered his sixth goal of the day to add some insurance with 2:33 left in the contest.
The Bears enter postseason play on Saturday, Nov. 9, in day one of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championship hosted by Harvard. Schedules and seedings will be announced following the conclusion of regular season play.