March 26, 2014

Women’s Water Polo Falls to Cal Baptist in OT, Defeats Concordia in Tight Contests

Cal Baptist       3  2  2  1  0  1  -  10
Brown              3  3  1  1  1  0  -  9

Goals:
Woods 3, Crowley 2, Santiago 2, Rosen 1, Westerman 1
Saves: Shin 9

Brown              1  1  4  4  -  10
Concordia        2  3  2  1  -  8

Goals:
Woods 5, McNamara 2, Presant 2, Kolokotronis 1
Saves: Shin 2

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) rattled off eight goals over two games as the Brown women's water polo team dropped a double overtime heartbreaker to Cal Baptist, 10-9, before topping Concordia University Irvine, 10-8, at the Lancer Aquatics Center on Wednesday. With the split, the Bears move to 11-11 on the season.

Woods scored three times against the Lancers and five times against the Eagles while snagging five steals in the opener. Senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.), sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.) and freshman Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) each tallied two goals, while junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) registered a goal, five assists and three steals in the overtime setback. Senior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) totaled 11 saves between the two showdowns.

A true back-and-forth affair, Brown and Cal Baptist were knotted at 3-3 after one quarter but the Bears fired in two unanswered goals in the second to move ahead 5-3. Tallies from Woods and Santiago were undone after the Lancers struck back on a power play and a penalty shot, followed shortly by another man-up goals with 21 seconds left in the half to take a 6-5 advantage after two quarters.

The pair of powerful offenses diminished slightly in the second half with Hannah Evans' last-second goal in the third pushing a 7-7 tie. Christina Young hit the back of the net with 4:29 left in regulation to put Cal Baptist ahead 8-7, but Woods tossed in the most dramatic of her three goals to even the score at 8-8 with 1:51 remaining. A series of last-minute timeouts yielded no scoring and sent the game to overtime.

In the first extra period, the Bears drew an ejection with 1:19 left on the clock and Crowley cashed in, sinking the goal to put her team ahead 9-8 after the first overtime. Cal Baptist refused to pack it in, however, and Evans secured the equalizer with 2:27 left in the second overtime. An ejection with 14 seconds put the Lancers on the advantage and Young capitalized, sinking the game-winner with 11 seconds left.

Against Concordia, Woods exploded for three goals in the fourth period to highlight a second-half scoring rampage and lift Brown to the 10-8 victory. The wakeup call came just in time as the Eagles sped ahead 5-2 in the first half on two tallies by Sonia Stewart.

Senior Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.) got things started with a quick goal 30 seconds into the second half, followed shortly after by Woods and freshman Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) to force the 5-5 deadlock. Emily Varisco's go-ahead goal was matched quickly by McNamara, but Tayla Walsh beat the buzzer and scored with a single second left in the third to put the Eagles ahead 7-6.

Shortly after the opening sprint, Woods took over the fourth quarter, splashing in the first of three goals on a man-up scenario at 6:39 to tie the game at 7-7. Another Woods power play strike at 3:35 made it 8-7 and her third goal snapped another stalemate at 2:06 to make it 9-8. McNamara added an insurance tally with 23 seconds left and the Bears held on to prevail, 10-8.

Brown returns to action tomorrow at Whittier at 7 p.m.