February 10, 2013

Water Polo Wins Brown Classic

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's water polo team rebounded from an 0-2 start on day one with a pair of wins on Sunday to win its season opening tournament. After dropping a pair of narrow decisions to Wagner (8-7) and Colorado State (10-9) on Saturday, the Bears earned a 14-8 win against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sunday morning to move into the Championship Game. Brown avenged its earlier loss to Wagner, by defeating the Seahawks, 5-4, in the Championship game.

Overall, Brown was led by senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA), who had eight goals, while junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) scored seven goals. Sophomore Evan Cranston (Palo Alto, CA) recorded 35 saves over the four games, including 11 in the Championship match.

In the opening game of the 2013 campaign, the Bears were not able to hold a late lead and dropped the first contest to Wagner, 8-7. After the Seahawks grabbed a 1-0 lead, Brown countered with a power play goal by sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) to tie the score at 1-1. Wagner would build a 4-3 lead at the half, before building a 5-3 advantage early in the third period. However, three straight goals by Pepper, Woods and Booher gave Brown a 6-5 lead heading into the final frame. Wagner outscored Brown, 3-1, in the last period to earn the 8-7 win. Cranston recorded eight saves in the cage to go along with an assist, while Pepper led Brown with three goals. Booher added two, while junior Emily McNamara (Winters, CA) and Woods each finished with one.

Brown faced Colorado State just 45 minutes after finishing the contest against Wagner. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie after the first frame with Booher scoring both of the Bears' goals. The Rams outscored Brown 4-3 in the second period to take a 6-5 lead into the second half. However, goals by sophomore Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA) and Booher gave Brown a 7-6 lead, before a goal by Colorado State with 1:10 left in the third tied the score at 7-7 heading into the final period. The Rams would take a 9-7 lead with the first two goals of the frame, before Woods and McNamara scored back-to-back goals to knot the game at 9-9 with 34 seconds left to play. Colorado State capitalized for the game-winner just 30 seconds later to earn the 10-9 victory. Booher led Brown with four goals, one assist, and two drawn ejections, while Rosen finished with a pair of goals, three steals, and two assists. Cranston recorded seven saves, two steals and two assists.

On Sunday morning, Brown earned its first win on the young season, defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 14-8, to earn a spot on the Championship Game. The Bears jumped out to a 6-1 lead after one quarter, as Rosen and Woods both scored two goals each. Brown cruised the rest of the way with stellar defense and multiple goal scorers. Rosen and Woods both finished with four goals, while Booher scored two.  Junior Sarah Presant (Poway, CA) and Pepper both scored one goal, along with freshmen Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, CA) and Emma Dodd (Pasadena, CA), who netted their first collegiate goals. Cranston finished with nine saves in three quarters, while junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) stopped three shots in the final period.

Due to goal differential against Colorado State and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Brown earned a spot in the Championship game against undefeated Wagner. In a defensive battle, the Bears outscored the Seahawks, 2-1, in the second half to secure the victory. Presant started the scoring for the Bears in the first quarter, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Pepper and Woods both found the back of the net in the second quarter, trading goals with Wagner, as the teams remained deadlocked at 3-3 through the end of the first half. Both teams added a goal in the third quarter with Presant's second of the game keeping Brown tied with Wagner heading into the final period. Brown stepped up its defensive pressure in the last period and McNamara hit the game-winner with 2:53 remaining in regulation. Cranston recorded 11 saves in net.

Brown returns to action next weekend when it travels to Bucknell where the Bears will face Marist, Hartwick, Bucknell, and Wagner.

Pictured: Kate Woods '14. Photo by DSPics.net.