Providence, RI- Katharine Booher scored five goals and Sarah Shin combined for eight saves in the net, but it wasn't enough to get by the Harvard women's water polo team tonight as it earned a 16-12 win over the Bears at Wheaton College. The win improved Harvard to 16-13 overall on the year, while the loss dropped Brown to 10-16. The Bears also honored their three seniors in their final "home" game of their careers – Rita Bullwinkel, Katherine Stanton and Joanna Wohlmuth, prior to the match tonight.
The Bears got off to a great start and outscored the Crimson 5-3 in the first eight minutes of play. Brown's leading scorer, freshman Kate Woods scored the first tally of the game at the 4:58 mark, but Harvard's Lizzie Abbott evened the scored just 20 seconds later. Woods earned her second goal of the game at the 3:39 mark with a shot that went to the low right corner of the net, but once again Harvard tied it up at 2 -2 with 2:41 left in the quarter. But Brittany Westerman put in back-to-back goals and Katharine Booher netted her first of five to give the Bears a 5-2 lead with 13 seconds left in the quarter. However, Harvard was able to knock in a goal with eight seconds remaining in the quarter to cut its deficit to 5-3 heading into the second quarter.
The Crimson tallied the first two goals of the second quarter to tie the game 5-5, and had a few more good looks on net but Shin made three big saves for the Bears to get the Crimson off the board. The Bears were able to regain their lead, 6-5, with a score by Booher at the 2:23 mark, but Harvard tied it up 6-6 at 1:48. Booher knocked in another with 1:30 remaining, and then freshman Sarah Presant picked up a steal and a score with seven seconds remaining in the quarter to take an 8-6 advantage heading into halftime.
While the Bears' opened up the third quarter with a score from Booher to take a 9-6 lead, Harvard went off to score the next seven unanswered goals to earn a 13-9 lead and never let it go.
Brown was able to cut its deficit to just two to open the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals in the opening 2.5 minutes of the game, but Harvard netted the next three to push its lead back up to 16-11. Booher netted a goal with 1:11 remaining on the clock to put the score at 16-12, which was as close as the Bears would come.
The offense was led by Booher's five goals and two steals, while Westerman and Woods each added two. Also scoring was Sarah Presant and Rita Bullwinkel. Wohlmuth picked up three ejections drawn for the Bears this evening, while Bullwinkel led the team in steals with three.