No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Beats No. 17 George Washington, Falls to No. 4 UCLA

No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Beats No. 17 George Washington, Falls to No. 4 UCLA

PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 14 Brown University men's water polo beat No. 17 George Washington University, 10-6, and fell to No. 4 UCLA, 18-2, in its first day at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday at DeNunzio Pool.

Playing their sixth and seventh consecutive games against ranked opponents, the Bears (4-4) topped the Colonials (4-3) in their nightcap after dropping a decision to the Bruins (6-0), who stood as Brown's fourth straight contest against a top-seven ranked foe.

Against George Washington, senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) and sophomores Galen Hu (Colleyville, Texas) and James Thygesen (Menlo Park, Calif.) each scored two goals while freshman net-minder Riad Hallal (Coronadao, Calif.) made 12 saves in the win.

Next, Brown closes the tournament on Sunday with games against Fordham (7:30 a.m.) and Wagner (3:45 p.m.).

Game 1 – No. 4 UCLA 18, No. 14 Brown 2

Facing a top-seven ranked opponent for the fourth straight game, No. 14 Brown fell to No. 4 UCLA, 18-2, in its first game of the Princeton Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) each scored one goal for the Bears. Senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) came up with three steals, and Rawlings drew three ejections.

The Bruins took a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and extended their margin to 9-0 at halftime. Brown netted its first goal in the third quarter, but UCLA maintained a 14-1 edge through three periods.

Hwang tallied Brown's first goal at the 4:54 mark of the third quarter while Rawlings charted the team's second goal with 4:08 to go in the fourth frame. 

Junior Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) and freshman Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) each made five saves in net.

Freshman Nicolas Saveljic led UCLA with four goals. 

UCLA 18, Brown 2
Brown....................... 0…0…1…1…2
UCLA........................ 4…5…5…4…18
Brown Goals: Hwang, Rawlings.
Brown Saves: Hallal 5, Renken 5.

Game 2 – No. 14 Brown 10, No. 17 George Washington 6

Playing its seventh straight game against a ranked opponent, No. 14 Brown bested No. 17 George Washington, 10-6, in its second game of the day at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday night.

The Bears opened the game with a 4-0 lead and outscored the Colonials 4-2 in the fourth quarter to gain separation after entering the final frame with a 6-4 edge.

Senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) and sophomores Galen Hu (Colleyville, Texas) and James Thygesen (Menlo Park, Calif.) each scored two goals.

Seniors Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) and Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.), junior Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.), and sophomore Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) netted one goal apiece.

Rawlings and sophomore Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) contributed three steals apiece while senior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) totaled three field blocks, two steals, and two ejections drawn.

Freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.), last week's NWPC Defensive Player of the Week, turned aside 12 shots in the win.

The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead less than six minutes into the contest. Rawlings started the run with a goal from two meters before Bush scored on a counter. Nunez converted on a backhanded shot prior to Hu closing the streak. GW scored with seven seconds left in the quarter to pull within 4-1.

Hu netted the Bears' only goal of the second quarter as Brown went into halftime with a 5-2 edge. In the third quarter, Thygesen scored on a 6-on-5 in between a pair of Colonial tallies as Brown remained ahead 6-4 heading to the fourth quarter. 

Brown charted the fourth frame's first two goals as Hwang scored on a rebound and Kirchberg netted a power play goal, pushing Brown ahead 8-4. After a GW marker, Thygesen and Kirchberg each scored inside of the final three minutes to secure the win.

Brown 10, George Washington 6
Brown....................... 4…1…1…4…10
G. Washington........ 1…1…2…2…6
Brown Goals: G. Hu 2, Kirchberg 2, Thygesen 2, Bush, Hwang, Nunez, Rawlings.
Brown Saves: Hallal 12.