Women’s Water Polo Dives into 2014 Season at Brown Invitational

Women’s Water Polo Dives into 2014 Season at Brown Invitational

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The journey toward a third straight appearance in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division championship game begins on Saturday when the Brown women's water polo team dives into five games over two days at the Brown Invitational. Seven teams will descend on the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center this weekend, pitting the Bears against at least three nationally ranked opponents based on the Week 1/January 22 Poll.

No. 13 Indiana University and No. 19 Hartwick College of the CWPA Western Division join No. 20 University of the Pacific of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while Marist College, Siena College and Wagner College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) will also compete this weekend. Brown opens the tournament against the Hoosiers on Saturday at 10 a.m.


All games during the Brown Invitational will be streamed live at BrownBears.TV via the Ivy League Digital Network. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages.


A balanced roster from top to bottom will be Brown's greatest attribute early on, said Head Coach Felix Mercado.

"It's a really balanced team," Mercado said. "We have depth, balance, cohesiveness – it's a really tight group. They know their roles will change day to day and they accept that."

Senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) is Brown's top returner after earning Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American Honorable Mention accolades last season. A three-time CWPA Southern Division All-Conference first team selection, Woods ranked second on the team in scoring for the 2013 season with 59 goals and was the team leader in assists, doling out 71 helpers over the course of the season. Defensively she had 93 steals, also a team high. Additionally, her 39 ejections drawn put her third on the team. She was the Bears' leading scorer in 11 games, notching five goals on two separate occasions, including an 18-9 win over Harvard in the fifth place game of the CWPA Eastern Championships on April 28.

Fellow senior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) is back for another season as the starting goalkeeper after making 163 saves in nearly 900 minutes of action in 2013. Other essential upperclassmen include seniors Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.) (38 goals, 28 assists, 48 steals), Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) (29 goals, 23 steals, 85 draw ejections) and Brittany Westerman (Palo Alto, Calif.). Junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) finished 2013 with 38 goals, 40 assists and 55 steals, while sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.) comes off a strong rookie campaign where she scored 13 goals and recorded 20 draw ejections.

The freshman class features Shannon Crowley (Orange County, Calif.), Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) and Hannah Koper (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Crowley is a 5-foot-10 center defender who competed for the Junior Olympic medal-winning SoCal Club Team. Kolokotronis is a right-handed attacker and two-time All-American from St. Francis High School, while Koper attacks from the left side and won four Junior Olympic medals with the Santa Barbara Club Team.


For the entire schedule of this weekend's tournament, see below.

Saturday, Feb. 1

10 a.m.

Brown vs. Indiana


11:15 a.m.

Hartwick vs. Wagner


12:45 p.m.

Marist vs. Pacific


2:30 p.m.

Brown vs. Siena


4 p.m.

Wagner vs. Pacific


6 p.m.

Marist vs. Siena


7:10 p.m.

Hartwick vs. Indiana


8:20 p.m.

Brown vs. Pacific


Sunday, Feb. 2

8:30 a.m.

Indiana vs. Wagner


9:45 a.m.

Hartwick vs. Pacific


11 a.m.

Brown vs. Marist


1 p.m.

Indiana vs. Pacific


2:15 p.m.

Hartwick vs. Marist


3:30 p.m.

Brown vs. Wagner