Women's Water Polo Bests Whittier in OT, 9-8

Women's Water Polo Bests Whittier in OT, 9-8

Brown              1  2  3  2  1  -  9
Whittier            0  4  1  3  0  -  8

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

WHITTIER, Calif. – Senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) notched one of her team-best three goals with 12 seconds left in the first overtime to lift the Brown women's water polo team to a 9-8 victory over Whittier at Slades Aquatic Center on Thursday. In their second overtime decision in three games, the Bears improve to 12-11 overall and become winners of eight of their last 11 contests.

McNamara drew six ejections to go with her hat trick while senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) scored twice, nabbed four steals and handed out two assists. Junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) added two goals and freshman Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) scored and recorded five steals. Senior goalie Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) made six saves in the winning effort.

The Bears shut out the Poets in the first quarter to take a 1-0 lead but then felt the heat of a four-goal surge by the hosts in the second frame. Trailing 4-3 at the half, Brown fired in three goals in the third, two from Woods and one from McNamara, to go up 6-5.

Whittier rallied again with three goals to Brown's two in the fourth to send the game to overtime with an 8-8 score. McNamara broke a scoreless first extra period with the winning goals with just 12 seconds remaining.

The Bears complete their 12-game California swing on Saturday against San Diego State at 2:30 p.m. EST and Fresno Pacific at 5 p.m. EST.