Bakersfield, CA- Freshman Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) lit up for 11 goals, posted five ejections drawn, a steal and an assist to help lead the Brown women's water polo team close out the Roadrunner Invitational hosted at Cal State Bakersfield with two victories over University of Redlands (13-11) and Pomona Pitzer (17-15).
"This was a good weekend for us because we found ways to win games," said Head Coach Felix Mercado." "While I am happy with the wins, we will have a lot of work to do and the competition will keep getting better."
Against Redlands, the Bears jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first eight minutes, but Redlands stayed with Brown in the second and went goal for goal to give the Bears just a 7-5 lead at the half.
Brown outscored Redlands 4-3 in the third, but in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were able to hold Brown to just two goals while scoring three of their own. But it wasn't enough, as the Bears built up a lead early enough to earn the 13-11 win.
Leading the attack was Woods with six goals and two ejections drawn, followed by sophomore Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA) with three, senior Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) with two, and sophomore Claudia Ruiz (Sacramento, CA) and junior Samantha Ryu (Santa Barbara, CA) with one apiece. In the cage, freshman goalkeeper Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) picked up four saves.
In game two, the Bears burst out to a 5-4 lead in the first quarter and after even scoring in the fourth, the Bears headed into half with a 9-8 lead against Pomona Pitzer. Brown came out in the third to out score the Sagehens, 3-2, and both teams fired of five goals apiece in the fifth to give the Bears a 17-15 win.
Woods netted five goals, handed out an assist and tallied three ejections drawn to lead the offense, while Booher followed with three goals. Ryu and Wohlmuth each scored two goals apiece, and Emily McNamara (Winters, CA), senior Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA) and sophomore Brittany Westerman (Palo Alto, CA) also added one goal. Shin registered eight saves in the cage to lead the defense.