Women’s Water Polo Tops Siena, Falls to No. 16 Indiana, No. 20 Pacific in Season Opener

Women’s Water Polo Tops Siena, Falls to No. 16 Indiana, No. 20 Pacific in Season Opener

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's water polo team opened the 2014 season with a 1-2 mark on the first day of the Brown Invitational at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday. The Bears topped Sienna (14-7) but fell to No. 16 Indiana (17-6) and No. 20 Pacific (12-8) to kick off the seven-team tournament.

Senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) led the Brown offense with seven goals over three games, including four in the final quarter against Pacific. Sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.) chipped in four goals, while senior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) manned the net and made a combined 13 saves.

Indiana          5  5  6  1  -  17
Brown            1  1  2  2  -  6

Woods 2, Crowley 1, McNamara 1, Rosen 1, Santiago 1
Saves: Shin 4

The Bears opened the day against the 16th-ranked Hoosiers of Indiana and fell behind early against the visitors' high-powered offense. Indiana built a 5-0 lead in the first quarter before senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) got Brown on the board with a goal with 55 seconds left in the frame.

The Hoosiers added four more unanswered tallies in the second, pausing only for freshman Shannon Crowley (Orange County, Calif.) to score her first collegiate goal to interrupt Indiana's momentum en route to a 10-2 halftime lead. Indiana continued to pour on the pressure and lead 16-4 through three quarters, but despite goals from Santiago and junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) in the fourth, Brown fell 17-6 in the tournament opener.

Siena             1  2  1  3  -  7
Brown            4  4  3  3  -  14

Koper 2, Presant 2, Rosen 2, Santiago 2, Crowley 1, Dodd 1, Drebin 1, Klein 1, Kolokotronis 1, Westerman 1
Saves: Shin 6, Louis 1

Four Bears scored multiple goals as Brown doubled up Siena, 14-7, to pick up its first win of the season. Freshman Hannah Koper (Santa Barbara, Calif.), senior Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.), Rosen and Santiago each chipped in two goals, with Presant and Rosen both striking twice in the first half to build an 8-3 lead.

Santiago fired in a power play goal with three seconds left in the third quarter to go up 11-4, while a man-up Siena goal in the final moments of the game was not enough for the visitors as Brown ran away with a14-7 decision.


Pacific            2  3  5  2  -  12
Brown            1  3  1  5  -  10

Woods 5, Presant 2, Crowley 1, Pierotti 1, Santiago 1
Saves: Shin 3

Brown's frantic last-minute rally fell just short against 20th-ranked Pacific in the final game of day one. Woods struck four times in the closing stanza, including a tally with 29 seconds to play that cut the Tigers' lead to 12-10.

Presant, Santiago and Woods each fired in goals to keep the contest tight at the half, but Pacific built upon its 5-4 lead and erupted for five third-quarter points to move ahead, 10-5. The Bears then locked down on defense and held the Tigers to two fourth-quarter goals, allowing Woods to orchestrate a comeback that nearly upended the Tigers.

Brown is slated for two more games tomorrow to wrap up the Invitationals, beginning with Marist at 11 a.m.