BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA – On day nine of the Brown women's water polo team's (12-12, 2-2 CWPA) West Coast trip, the Bears had another successful day in the pool, splitting games against Fresno Pacific University and Cal State University Bakersfield in the first session of the Roadrunner Invitational.
Brown 9 - Fresno Pacific 5
Rosen 2, Presant 2, Booher 2
Shin 8 (3 quarters), Ruiz 2 (1 quarters)
B: 2 - 3 - 2 - 2 = 9
F: 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 = 5
In the first game of the afternoon, Brown defeated Fresno Pacific by a score of 9-5. The Bears jumped out to an early lead in the first half and held a 5-2 advantage over the Sunbirds after two quarters. The squad continued to hold off Fresno Pacific in the second half, bolstered by goals by sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) and senior Kayla Stormont (Hilo, HI). They were led offensively by senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA), junior Sarah Presant (Poway, CA) and sophomore Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA), as they each scored two goals over the course of the contest. Defensively, junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) had eight saves in the cage and senior Claudia Ruiz (Sacramento, CA) also accounted for two saves from the cage in the fourth quarter.
Brown 8 - Cal State University Bakersfield 10
Dodd 2, Rosen 2, Booher 2
B: 2 - 0 - 3 - 3 = 8
W: 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 = 10
The Roadrunners proved more of a challenge in the Bears' second game of the day, as the visitors fell to the home team, 10-8, in a well-played and hard-fought game. After playing to a 5-2 deficit at halftime, Brown fought back to within one, tightening the score to 7-6 after the third quarter. However, after exchanging goals early in the fourth stanza, Cal State-Bakersfield pulled away with a late tally in the fourth to go up by two, ultimately earning the 10-8 victory. The Bears were lead offensively by Booher, Rosen, and freshman Emma Dodd (Pasadena, CA), with each scoring two goals in the game. Booher was also dynamic on the defensive side, as she and junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) each made three steals and a field block. Shin appeared in net for a second consecutive game and had five saves and three steals.
Brown will play its final game on the West Coast tomorrow afternoon when the team takes on the top-ranked team in the nation, USC, in the Roadrunner Invitational. The contest will begin at 1:30pm PST.