Brown Sinks Azusa Pacific, 8-5, and Pomona Pitzer, 9-8
CLAREMONT, CALIFORNIA – The Brown women's water polo team (8-10, 2-2 CWPA) bounced back from Saturday's losses to ranked teams with two wins on Monday evening at Haldeman Pool, defeating Azusa Pacific by a score of 8-5 before beating host Pomona Pitzer, 9-8, on a crucial save in the final minutes of play.
Rosen 3, Booher 2, Pepper 2, McNamara 1
B: 4 - 2 - 1 - 1 = 8
A: 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 = 5
In the Bears' first game of the day against Azusa Pacific they used a four goal explosion in the first quarter to build a lead that the Cougars could never quite overcome. Defensively, Brown was able to stifle any offensive rally that APU attempted to make. Sophomore Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA) led the way for the Bears, scoring three goals, including two in the first quarter, and notching three assists. Sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) and senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA) also contributed significantly, adding two goals each. Junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) backstopped the defense, making five saves, while Booher and junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) each added four steals. Woods also added three assists in Brown's first game.
Brown 9 - Pomona Pitzer 8
Woods 3, Rosen 2, Pepper 2, Santiago 1, Booher 1
B: 4 - 2 - 2 - 1 = 9
P: 5 - 2 - 0 - 1 = 8
Brown's second game of the afternoon, a 9-8 win over the host school, was a shining example of offensive prowess and defensive strength. After allowing five goals in the first quarter and two in the second, the Bears smothered the Sagehens in the second half, holding them to just one goal. With Brown maintaining a one goal lead as the clock wound down, Shin made a crucial save in the final seconds of play, stopping a penalty shot with four seconds left to preserve the win for her team. Woods had a huge game for Brown, exploding for three goals in the contest, while also contributing two assists and five steals to the team's offensive efforts. Additionally, she drew four exclusions. Rosen also continued her scoring streak, as she chipped in for two goals and two assists. Pepper remained forceful, adding two goals, while Booher scored the game winner. Freshman Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, CA) also found the back of the net for the Bears. Shin made seven saves in her second game between the posts, and she also added two steals. The win lifts Brown to a 3-2 record at the halfway point of its 11 game run on the West Coast.
The Bears return to the pool on Tuesday, March 26 for three more games, as Brown takes on Cal Baptist at 12:00 pm PST, La Verne at 4:00pm PST and Claremont-M-S at 7:00 PST.