Tigers Sweep MIT and No. 11 Harvard, Finish Bruno Tournament 4-0

Tigers Sweep MIT and No. 11 Harvard, Finish Bruno Tournament 4-0

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The men's water polo team wrapped up the Brown Bruno Classic in dramatic fashion on Sunday taking two matches over MIT and No. 11 ranked Harvard. 

A collective effort that stretched from the opening minute to the final whistle, Pacific finished this weekend as the only team to go 4-0 in the Brown Tournament. The Tigers head back home with an unscathed record of 4-0. MIT drops to 1-3 and Harvard falls to 2-2. 


Pacific vs. MIT- In Case You Missed It:

● The Tigers jumped out to a 4-1 break in the first period thanks to two early goals by attacker Luke Pavillard

● Pacific would add another five goals in the second and have an astounding eight goals in the third to pull ahead from the Engineers, 17-4, with one more period to play.

● The Tigers tacked on six unanswered points in the third which helped them maintain their lead. MIT would be held to zero goals in the final period of play. 

Engin Ege Colak and Luke Pavillard went a perfect 5-5 from the field matching a game-high five goals to go along with one steal. 

● Three Pacific players scored in double figures including Luis Araya who finished with four goals and six points (the most the junior attacker recorded all weekend).  

● Engin Colak recorded his third hat trick of the weekend in the first two periods scoring three straight goals in the second to help push Pacific's lead to 9-2 by the half.

Caleb Sandberg tallied his first career hat trick scoring one goal in the third (2:21) and two in the fourth period (6:15, 2:32) 

● The Tigers shot .688 from the field (22-32) converting on 5-9 powerplays to help secure their third victory. On the other end, Pacific made things difficult for the Engineers holding them to .167 percent and just 4-24 shooting. 

● Goal Keeper John Hedges allowed just four goals in the match and a game-high eight saves in all 32:00 played in the cage. 


Pacific vs. Harvard- In Case You Missed It:

● Both teams traded blows to begin the match. Harvard got on the board first in the 6th minute and took a 2-1 lead with 3:57 to play in the quarter.

● Five straight goals to end the first and start the second gave the Orange and Black the edge they to open up the match in their favor, 6-2.

● Pavillard would go on to add two more goals of his own but the Crimson would stay in reach off a last second goal to head into halftime trailing 8-6. 

● Pacific would continue to have some third period magic off the hand of Colak and Pavillard. The two joined for five goals, including four straight from Colak, to widen the gap for the Tigers, 14-7. The Tigers held Harvard to just one goal in the third.

● Bodgan Djerkovic, Eli Lule, and Luis Araya would add a couple insurance goals in the final period to help hand Pacific it's fourth victory of the

● Both Luke Pavillard and Engin Ege Colak made it four straight matches with at least a hat trick or more. The two finished accounted for 40 of the Tigers 77 total points over the weekend.

● Colak set a season-high with six goals and Pavillard matched his career-high with seven goals in the Tigers' match against Harvard.

● Freshman Aidan Jang makes it four straight matches with a goal scored totalling four for the weekend.

John Hedges added to his save total for the day, making a game-high 11 saves for a combined 19 on Sunday. 


Up Next For the Tigers:

● The Orange and Black will host their first home match of the season next Saturday as they take on No. 3 ranked Cal.

● The last time these two teams faced off the Tigers were edged by the Bears last year, 15-11, on the road at Berkeley. 


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