PROVIDENCE, RI – The brown men’s water polo split its two games on Saturday, falling at Harvard and beating MIT.
Brown moves up to 9-7 in the season and 2-3 in the NWPC game after Saturday’s two games.
“Although it’s nice to get the split today, we definitely still have work to do,” said the head coach Felix Mercado. “The lads did a good job coming back for the second game and did enough to win. Recover and regroup for more home games next week.”
HARVARD 15, BROWN 10
The Bears fell back to Harvard early and failed to make a comeback. They fell to Crimson 15-10 to start the day.
Iliad Stothart led the Bears with three goals and Gab Chang had two. Five other Bears scored in the game.
Stothart scored early in the first goal, but Harvard took control before that with six goals in a row Matt Simko scored with three seconds left on the clock at the end of the first quarter.
Chang and Cole Atwell each scored in the second quarter, but three goals from Harvard made it a 9-3 game at halftime.
Stothart picked up his second goal of the game and Thomas Hofmeister scored for Brown in the third quarter. Harvard extended their lead by four goals in the quarter.
The Bears won the fourth quarter 4-2 with Chang, Stothart, and Daniel Kristich Daniel Hader all points.
BROWN 16, WITH 9
Brown bounced back in the nightcap with a 16-9 win over MIT. Ben Kirshon led the Bears by three goals. Leo Berkman, Cole Atwell, Matt Simko, Gab Chang and Iliad Stothart all scored two goals in the win.
The Bears jumped early with goals from Atwell, Stothart, and Simko Filip Alexic within the first four minutes of the game. Kirshon’s goal at 2:19 gave Brown a 5-0 lead before MIT scored twice late in the quarter.
Kirshon gave Brown a four-goal lead from MIT. Stothart and Chang matched two of MIT’s late goals as Brown led 8-6 at halftime.
Berkman scored back-to-back goals for Brown to double the Bears’ lead. Kirshon scored two minutes later as Brown won the third period 3-1.
The Bears took control early in the fourth game when Hoffmeister, Atwell and Chang all scored to make it 14-7. Simko and Khristich each scored again to end the game.
Simeon Dong clinched the win in goal for the Bears with 11 saves.
Brown will be back home next weekend as part of the Harvard Invitational, hosting four games. The Bears play Gannon and Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday (Oct. 15) and Long Beach State and Salem on Sunday (Oct. 16).
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