Brown Falls to #3 Arizona State and CSU Bakersfield on Second Day of Bruno Invitational

Brown Falls to #3 Arizona State and CSU Bakersfield on Second Day of Bruno Invitational

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's water polo team (13-17, 3-2 CWPA) competed against two formidable opponents on the second day of the Bruno Invitational, falling to both #3 Arizona State University (21-5) and Cal State Bakersfield (11-19) at the Katherine Morin Coleman Aquatics Center.

5 - Arizona State 16

Pepper 4, Booher 1

Shin 6

B: 0 – 1 – 3 - 1 = 5
A:. 2 - 2 - 7 - 4 = 16

Brown took on the third-ranked team in the nation on Saturday afternoon, falling to Arizona State by a score of 16-5. The Bears came out strong against the Sun Devils, playing them to a 4-1 first half. The home team then pulled to within two goals when sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) scored in the first 20 seconds of the third quarter. Arizona State answered loudly however, responding with an 11-goal half to take the win. Brown was lead by Pepper, who had four goals in the game. Senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA) also found the back of the net, and junior Sarah Shin (Palo Alto, CA) made six saves in goal. 

Brown 11 - Cal State Bakersfield 12

Pepper 5, Woods 3, Booher 2, Santiago 1

B: 3 – 3 – 4 - 1 = 11
C: 1 - 4 - 4 - 3 = 12

In the evening game, the Bears hosted the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners, a team that they faced last week on their spring break trip to the West Coast. The teams played a thrilling one-goal game the last time that they met, and Saturday's contest featured the same intense level of competition, with the visitors earning the 12-11 victory in the last quarter. Brown jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first stanza, with junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA), Booher and Pepper each finding the back of the net. In the second and third quarters the teams exchanged goals, but the Bears saw their lead dissolve in the fourth, and the Roadrunners captured the game with a goal at the buzzer. Brown was lead by Pepper's five goals and Woods' three tallies.

The Bears will conclude the Bruno Water Polo Invitational with a 2:00pm game against the University of Michigan Wolverines on the team's Senior Day.