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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University men’s water polo picked up a split by beating No. 20-ranked St. Francis College Brooklyn, 14-13,  in overtime before falling to No. 11 Princeton University via a 13-7 tally to close out the weekend.

“We will take the split against two ranked teams,” said head coach Felix Mercado. “Our power play was not as effective as I would have liked but we will put in the work. We are looking forward to a great week of practice.”

To begin the day, Brown picked up an overtime win over St. Francis Brooklyn, 14-13. Ben Kirshon led the Bears with four goals and Connor Enright added three. Ugo Piovan picked up the win in goal, making nine saves.

In a very close game throughout, Brown was down after the first quarter 3-2 as Andrew Penner and Filip Aleksic tallied goals for the Bears.

Both teams traded goals in the second quarter with Brown getting goals from Enright, Kirshon and Cole Atwell. St. Francis Brooklyn’s three goals kept the Terriers up one at halftime.

A 3-3 third quarter featured two goals from Kirshon and a goal from Leo Berkman, but the Bears were down one heading into the final quarter of play.

Down by two with three minutes left to play, Brown got a goal from Aleksic to pull within one. Kirshon’s fourth goal of the game came with just under a minute left in the contest to send the game to overtime.

St. Francis scored the first goal in overtime but that was quickly answered by Enright. A goal with 56 seconds left put the Terriers up by one but Atwell scored with 20 seconds left on the clock to keep the game going.

The game winning goal came in the second overtime period with 11 seconds on the clock by Connor Enright.

Facing Princeton, Evan Moore scored two goals and Piovan made nine saves.

The Bears fell behind early 2-0 before a goal from Atwell got the Bears on the board. Princeton scored a goal late in the quarter to a take 3-1 lead after one.

Nick Berry and Matt Simko scored early in the second quarter to tie the game. After goal from the Tigers, Aleksic scored a marker to knot up the game again but the Bears allowed another late goal as Princeton led by one at half.

Moore’s goal early in the third quarter tied the game but Princeton rattled off four-straight goals to take control of the game. Brown would get goals from Moore and Berkamn in the final quarter but Princeton added four more in the last frame to take the match.

Release courtesy Brown University Athletics Communications


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