March 25, 2014

Rosen, Woods Net Hat Tricks to Lift Women’s Water Polo Over Pomona-Pitzer, 11-10

Brown               2  4  3  2  -  11
Pomona-Pitzer 4  3  1  2  -  10

Goals:
Rosen 3, Woods 3, McNamara 2, Crowley 1, Kolokotronis 1, Presant 1
Saves: Shin 6

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) tossed in the go-ahead goal with 4:48 to play to cap a three-goal night and senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) also recorded a hat trick as the Brown women's water polo team edged Pomona-Pitzer, 11-10, at Haldeman Pool on Tuesday. Brown improves to 9-11 with the victory.

Rosen completed a well-rounded effort with three steals, two assists and a draw ejection, while Woods swiped four steals and drew a pair of ejections. Senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) scored twice and prompted four exclusions and classmate Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.) handed out a team-high four assists to compliment a third-quarter goal. Senior goalie Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) made six saves in the winning effort.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead on a Woods goal 2:25 into the first quarter, the Bears found themselves behind 4-1 on four unanswered strikes by the Sagehens. Defending CWPA Rookie of the Week Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) fired in a goal with 54 seconds left in the frame to make it a 4-2 contest after eight minutes of action.

McNamara attacked first in the second quarter to make it a one-goal game and Rosen countered a pair of Pomona-Pitzer goals with tallies of her own to push things to 6-5. McNamara found the back of the net again to force the first tie since 4:32 in the first, but Alyssa Woodward notched one of her team-best five goals for the Sagehens to give the hosts a 7-6 advantage after one half.

Presant opened the second half with a tying strike and Woods recorded goals two and three to launch the Bears in front, 9-8, to end the third. Mahalia Prater-Fahey tied things up for Pomona-Pitzer with 5:15 remaining in the fourth but Rosen and freshman Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) exchanged back-to-back goals to give Brown enough cushion to prevail, 11-10.

Brown returns to action tonight when they face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 10:30 p.m. EST.