No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Places Third at CWPA Northern Champs, Earns Bid to Eastern Champs

No. 15 Men’s Water Polo Places Third at CWPA Northern Champs, Earns Bid to Eastern Champs

MIT                1  2  4  2  -  9

Brown            3  1  3  3  -  10

Fox 4, Gallas 2, McNamara 2, Deaver 1, Klein 1


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Henry Fox (Mercer Island, Wash.) scored four times and senior James McNamara (Encino, Calif.) sank the game-winning goal with 80 seconds to play to vault the No. 15 Brown men's water polo team to a 10-9 win over MIT in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division Championships third place game. The victory gives the Bears an automatic bid to the CWPA Eastern Championships and a chance to compete for the Eastern title in their home pool.

Fox struck twice in the opening frame to push Brown ahead 3-1, but the Engineers answered with two goals in the second to cut the Bears' lead to a slim 4-3 margin at the half.

A wild third period saw MIT tie things at 4-4 and take its first lead of the game at 4:59 on a Dylan Hallman goal following a Brown turnover. Fox, McNamara and sophomore Matty Gallas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) rattled off goals to keep things close, but the Engineers found the back of the net four times in the quarter to knot things at 7-7 heading into the last stanza.

Junior Nick Deaver (Orinda, Calif.) opened the fourth with a goal to move ahead 8-7 and Fox made an MIT penalty hurt with a man-up score that cushioned Brown's lead. Just 18 seconds later, the Engineers answered with their eighth goal and followed with the equalizer with 1:49 to play. McNamara came through at the 1:20 mark, however, and fired in the game-winner that sealed Brown's third place finish.

Senior goalie Walker Shockley (Diamond Bar, Calif.) earned the win for the Bears, while Engineers keeper Nolan Kruse stopped seven shots to go with four steals.

Brown returns to action on Friday, Nov. 22, when the Bears host the CWPA Northern Championships as the fifth seed. Brown will face the 12th seed, an at-large bid yet to be named, at 2 p.m. at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.