No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Bests Fordham, Wagner at Princeton Invitational

No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Bests Fordham, Wagner at Princeton Invitational

PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 14 Brown University men's water polo bested Fordham University, 6-5, and Wagner College, 15-9, on its second and final day at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday at DeNunzio Pool.

The Bears (6-4) came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat the Rams (3-3) in their first game of the day before using separate runs of 5-1 and 6-0 en route to their win over the Seahawks (3-4) in their second contest.

Sophomore Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) scored a career-high five goals in Brown's win over Wagner while senior Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) netted a hat trick against the Seahawks. Freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) made 24 saves between the two games.

Next, Brown plays at Connecticut College on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Game 1 – No. 14 Brown 6, Fordham 5

Six different Bears scored goals as No. 14 Brown rallied past Fordham, 6-5, in its first game of the day and third contest at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday morning.

The Bears overcame deficits of 4-1 late in the second quarter and 5-3 late in the third quarter to upend the Rams, taking their first lead with 3:18 to play.

Seniors Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.), Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.), and Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.), junior Santiago Nunez (Miami, Fla.), and sophomores Will Collier (Darien, Conn.) and Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.) each netted one goal.

Deirmenjian paced the Bears with four steals while Burke totaled three steals and two field blocks. Sophomore Hudson Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) drew a team-high three ejections.

Freshman goalkeeper Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) made 13 saves and allowed just one goal in the second half, including a shutout in the fourth quarter.

The Rams charted the first quarter's only goal and took a 2-0 edge midway through the second quarter. Burke put the Bears on the scoreboard, converting from seven meters out with 2:55 to play in the second quarter.

After the Rams registered back-to-back tallies to pull ahead 4-1 with 1:41 to play until halftime, Collier netted a goal at the 1:18 mark to bring Brown within 4-2 at the break.

The Bears pulled within 4-3 midway through the third stanza on a goal from Bush before Fordham gained a 5-3 edge with a power play goal. Deirmenjian netted a goal on a 5-meter penalty shot – after Nunez drew the penalty – to trim the margin to 5-4 heading to the fourth quarter.

Brown scored the fourth quarter's only two goals beginning with a Kirchberg tally with 7:04 to play. Nunez netted the game-winning goal with 3:18 left, providing the Bears with their first lead of the contest. 

Brown 6, Fordham 5
Brown....................... 0…2…2…2…6
Fordham.................. 1…3…1…0…5
Brown Goals: Burke, Bush, Collier, Kirchberg, Deirmenjian, Nunez.
Brown Saves: Hallal 13.

Game 2 – No. 14 Brown 15, Wagner 9

Sophomore Hudson Rawlings netted a career-high five goals to propel No. 14 Brown past Wagner, 15-9, in its second game of the day at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

In their fourth and final game at the tournament, the Bears went on a 5-1 run between the second and third quarters to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 9-6 lead and later scored six unanswered goals between the third and fourth quarters to extend a 9-8 edge into a 15-8 advantage.

Rawlings (Murrieta, Calif.) led all scorers with five goals while senior Austin Hwang (Laguna Hills, Calif.) tallied three goals. Senior Tommy Bush (Lafayette, Calif.) and sophomore Jack Wilson (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) netted two goals apiece.

Sophomores Will Collier (Darien, Conn.), Armen Deirmenjian (Beverly Hills, Calif.), and James Thygesen (Menlo Park, Calif.) scored one goal each.

Bush charted a team-best four assists with four ejections drawn while senior Tyler Kirchberg (Orinda, Calif.) compiled three assists and three ejections drawn. Rawlings added two assists and three ejections drawn, Wilson tacked on two helpers, and senior Rico Burke (San Mateo, Calif.) drew four ejections.

In the cage, freshman net-minder Riad Hallal (Coronado, Calif.) turned aside 11 shots while junior Will Renken (South Pasadena, Calif.) made three blocks.

Brown opened the game with a 2-0 lead behind tallies from Hwang and Rawlings. Rawlings gave the Bears a 3-1 edge with his second goal of the game before Wagner tied the score at 3-3. A power play goal from Collier gave Brown a 4-3 lead after one quarter.

The Seahawks posted the second quarter's first two goals to grab a 5-4 edge. Rawlings scored his third goal of the game, and Wilson converted on a 6-on-5 to push Brown ahead 6-5. After a Wagner marker, a goal from Deirmenjian on the man advantage staked Brown to a 7-6 lead at halftime.

Thygesen opened the second half's scoring, and Rawlings' fourth goal placed Brown ahead at 9-6. A pair of Wagner goals cut the margin to 9-8, but goals from Hwang and Wilson put the Bears up 11-8 heading to the fourth quarter.

Brown netted the first four goals of the fourth frame, completing a 6-0 run. Hwang started the stanza's scoring before Rawlings converted for the fifth time. Bush notched back-to-back goals before Wagner charted the contest's final goal with three seconds to play. 

Brown 15, Wagner 9
Brown....................... 4…3…4…4…15
Wagner..................... 3…3…2…1…9
Brown Goals: Rawlings 5, Hwang 3, Bush 2, Wilson 2, Collier, Deirmenjian, Thygesen.
Brown Saves: Hallal 11, Renken 3.