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Bears pick up steam with convincing wins over Rams, Lakers

The men's water polo team dominated Fordham and Mercyhurst last Saturday at Harvard, winning 18-7 and 12-6, respectively.

Center Svetozar Stefanovic '13 led the way in both games. He tallied seven goals, six steals and two assists against Fordham and managed six goals, five ejections drawn, a steal and a save in the Mercyhurst game.

The Bears started off strong against Fordham, mounting an offensive onslaught to gain a 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Bruno shut out the Rams in the second quarter and doubled its lead to 10-1. After the half, the Bears kept up their strong offensive play, tacking on another eight goals. Goalkeeper Walker Shockley '14 made 10 saves to secure the 18-7 win.  

"We focused on the game, practiced all week and came out and played it as well as we can," Captain Toby Espinosa '12 said. "We played an amazing team game."

Stefanovic said the team fed off the energy of the many Brown fans that showed up to the game — rare since the team does not have a home competition facility.  

After a few hours of rest, the team dueled Mercyhurst, battling the Lakers to a 5-5 tie entering halftime. But the Bears found their rhythm after the pause, ceding only one additional goal to the Lakers and scoring seven of their own to come away with a 12-6 victory.

Espinosa said Andrew Brown '15, who made seven blocks in goal, saved the team against Mercyhurst.

"I think we limited our mistakes and played good, active team defense, which allowed us to win both games with relative ease," said Cyrus Mojdehi '12.

After the dominating wins, team members said they are now focused on the games coming up, particularly the bouts at the Santa Clara Invitational. "We have some momentum from this weekend that I think will fuel us towards multiple victories out West," said Dean Serure '13.


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