#5 Men's Water Polo Finishes 4-0 At Bruno Classic

#5 Men's Water Polo Finishes 4-0 At Bruno Classic

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 5 Pacific men's water polo team completed a four-game sweep of the Brown Bruno Classic with a 18-7 win over No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn Sunday and a 24-8 win over host No. 15 Brown.

Against St. Francis Brooklyn, Devon Thumwood and Kale Ai each tallied hat tricks, while Engin Ege Colak, Andrea De Nardi, Luke Pavillard and Andres Schmidt each scored twice. Wyatt Barker, Derek Clappis, Lucas Hastie and Ben Stevenson also added goals.

Colak opened the scoring, but the Terriers' William Lapkin answered right back before Stevenson fed Thumwood for a 2-1 lead. Ai and Colak closed the quarter with goals for a 4-1 Pacific lead after one.

In the second quarter, Pavillard tallied for a 5-1 advantage, and Schmidt and Hastie posted goals for a 7-1 lead midway through the period. Thumwood hit the back of the cage, but the Terriers' Bogdan Kostic answered before Ai restored a seven-goal lead at 9-2. Stevenson responded with a goal following a Botond Kadar goal as the Tigers led 10-3 at halftime.

Alexander Teplitsky drew St. Francis Brooklyn within 10-4 before Pavillard scored and Clappis converted a penalty shot for a 12-4 lead.  Kadar and Kostic each scored for the Terriers, but Thumwood proved some breathing room with a goal late in the third.

Ai stretched the lead to 14-7 with under five minutes left on his third goal and Clappis set up Schmidt's second goal on the Tigers' next possession. De Nardi and Barker added goals as the Tigers led 17-7. De Nardi tacked on another to settle on the final score.

John Hedges made six saves in goal while adding three steals and an assist.

Viktor Klauzer made seven saves for the Terriers, as St. Francis Brooklyn falls to 0-4.

The Tigers improve to 4-0 and outscored opponents 77-25 at the Brown Bruno Classic.

With the win, head coach James Graham moves past John Tanner on Pacific's all-time coaching wins list with 149. Graham was already the Tigers' leader by win percentage.

The Tigers have won 34 straight against teams from the East Coast.

Pacific is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 9, as the Tigers visit California for an 11 a.m. meeting with the No. 2 Golden Bears.