Santa Barbara, CA- The No. 14 ranked UC Santa Barbara women's water polo team defeated (17-8) defeated the Brown University Bears 12-5 at Campus Pool this afternoon. Freshman Kate Woods led the Bears attack with three goals, while rookie goalkeeper Sarah Shin tallied three goals in the cage for the Bears.
Defense was the key for the Gauchos this afternoon as the squad got off to a fast start taking a 3-1 lead after the first eight minute. Santa Barbara then shut out Brown in the second quarter, 2-0, to head into halftime with a 5-1 lead.
The Bears got their offense rolling in the third quarter tallying three goals, but was unable to stop the Gauchos from putting in four of their own. Santa Barbara went on to outscore Bruno 3-1 in the fourth to finish off the Bears, 12-5.
The Bears will now take on Cal Lutheran at 3:30 p.m. (PST) tomorrow, followed by games on April 1 versus San Diego State (1:00 p.m.) and UC San Diego (6:00 p.m.)
Photo of Brittany Westerman (by Gerry Raymonda)