February 19, 2012

Water Polo Ends Bison Invitational with Victories over Marist & Wagner

Lewisburg, PA- Freshman Liz Rosen tallied seven goals in two games to lead the Brown women's water polo team to victories against Marist and Wagner on Sunday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium. The Bears defeated the Red Foxes 7-5, and then followed with a 12-11 against the Seahawks.

In the first game against Marist, both the Bears and Red Foxes got off to a slow start as neither team scored in the first eight minutes of play. But Katharine Booher came up with the games first goal just 30 seconds into the second quarter, but Marist scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead. Kate Woods evened the score at 2-2 with 4:53 on the clock, but Wagner tallied one more to take a 3-2 lead heading into the intermission.

Marist scored the first goal of the third quarter, but Brown went off for four straight goals, three of which were scored by Rosen, to take a 6-4 lead over the Red Foxes heading into the final eight minutes. Rosen tallied her fifth goal of the game at the 4:12 mark to give Brown a 7-5 lead, and Marist scored with 23 seconds left to make it 7-5.

Rosen led the attack with five goals, while Emily McNamara and Woods tallied one apiece. Rookie Evan Cranston led the Bears in net with nine saves.

In game two against the Seahawks, Wagner posted the first two goals of the game, but Brown's McNamara scored with 3:02 on the clock to put the score at 2-1. Wagner then scored with 1:01 remaining in the quarter to extend its lead to 3-1, but a goal by Woods brought the Bears deficit to just one with 45 seconds left in the quarter. Wagner snuck in another goal to go ahead 4-2, but Madison Pepper knocked one in with 19 seconds to go to put the Bears down by just one, 4-3.

Brown outscored Wagner 4-2 in the second quarter as Booher, Gusty Clarke, Woods and Rosen all scored give Bruno a 7-6 edge heading into halftime. Both squads tallied three goals in the third and two in the second as Brown came out with a 12-11 victory.

Woods led the scoring with four goals, followed by Rosen and Pepper with two each. McNamara, Clarke, Brittany Westerman and Booher also knocked in goals for the Bears, while Cranston picked up 12 saves in the cage to lead the defense.