No. 20 St. Francis College Escapes No. 17 Brown University 10-9 OT Sudden Death For Northern Division Title

James McNamara
James McNamara

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Championship game hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the No. 17-ranked Brown University men's water polo team fell, 10-9,  to No. 20 St. Francis College in the third sudden death overtime period.  Sophomore James McNamara led the attack with four goals, while Walker Shockley carried the defense as he tallied 18 saves in the cage. 

Trailing 6-3 at the half, the Brown defense held St. Francis to just three goals the rest of the way in regulation while McNamara, Svetozar Stefanovic and Nick Deaver helped the offense evening the score at 9-9 sending the game into overtime. 

In the first four overtimes, two of which were sudden death, both teams defensively were relentless.  Brown played most of the overtime without three starters who had fouled out, but it didn't stop the Bears from continuing to try to take any opportunities that were given. 

In addition to his four goals, McNamra added six steals, and two saves, while Stefanovic tallied three goals and Deaver added two goals and seven steals. 

In the end, St. Francis drew an exclusion and converted in the fifth overtime to win the game. 

The Bears will now have two weeks to rebound and be ready to play at the CWPA Eastern Championship with an opportunity to qualify for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four at the University of California-Berkeley.  The Bears are scheuled to play Southern Division third-place finisher Bucknell University, led by former Brown University assistant coach John McBride, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at Harvard's University Blodgett Pool with a berth in the semifinals on the line.

Release courtesy Brown Athletic Communications

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