Brown Stops MIT & Iona to Advance to Northern Division Championship Game

Felix Mercado

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Brown University men's water polo team cruised to a 12-6 victory over Iona College, and then defeated Massachusetts Institute of Technology 9-6 during the first day of the Northern Division Championships hosted at MIT. The Bears will now face St. Francis College (N.Y.) in the championship game at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bears were led by James McNamara's four goals and Walker Shockley's 12 saves in the cage to defeat the Gaels on Saturday afternoon. Bruno darted out to a 3-2 advantage in the first quarter, and shut out Iona the next two to gain a 9-3 lead heading into the final quarter. Iona made a run in the fourth to outscore the Bears 4-3, but it wasn't enough as the Bears earned the win.

Senior Gordon Hood and Ryan Gladych added two goals, while Brandon Yoshimura and Marcus Gartner chipped in with one.

Brown had a tougher game in round two, as the Bears and Engineers battled hard for 32 minutes. MIT jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first eight minutes, but Bruno picked up the intensity and shut MIT down in the second 3-0 to take a 4-2 lead. Both squads tallied two markers in the third quarter, and Brown went on to outscore MIT 3-2 in the fourth to earn the 9-6 win.

Hood and Dean Serure each added three goals, while Svetozar Stefanovic, Michael Hartwick and McNamara each tallied one. Shockley had another solid performance in the net, picking up eight saves to lead the defensive effort.

Release courtesy Brown Athletic Communications


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