Women’s Water Polo Outguns Harvard, 13-9
Harvard 3 2 3 1 - 9
Brown 1 4 4 4 - 13
Goals: Crowley 3, McNamara 3, Rosen 2, Kolokotronis 2, Woods 2, Presant 1
Saves: Shin 7
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) and freshman Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) each whipped in hat tricks to power a potent Brown women's water polo attack that dismissed Harvard, 13-9, in Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division action at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Wednesday. The Bears improve to 14-12 overall and 2-0 in division play.
Defending CWPA Player of the Week Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) led a pack of three Bears who had two goals apiece, which included junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) and freshman Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.). Senior Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.) fired in a fourth quarter tally and goalie Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) made seven saves in the victory.
Yoshi Andersen got the Crimson off to a hot start with a pair of goals, the first on a power play bullet to the bottom left corner of the net at 4:47 and the second with a quick shot from the point at 2:26. Woods and Rosen attempted to answer on the power play but each clanked shots off the bar, allowing Andersen to strike again to put the Crimson up 2-0.
Brown got on the board with 1:57 left in the quarter on a low skipping shot by Woods, but Harvard answered back just 30 seconds later on Alexis Del Toro's snipe after a series of back-and-forth passes.
A Shin save and Santiago steal early in the second set up McNamara to draw an exclusion at the 6:57 mark. Rosen capitalized and sank a shot from the right side after a pump fake, making it a 3-2 game. McNamara netted the equalizer at 5:42 on a spinning shot from the left side and Kolokotronis made it three unanswered when Presant found her with a perfectly-placed leading pass to make it 4-3.
Andersen snapped Harvard's dry spell at 1:37 to tie it, 4-4, then added another goal that glanced off Shin's hand at 1:04 to give the Crimson a 5-4 lead. A Crimson exclusion put Brown on the power play with 36 seconds left in the half and Rosen laced a high shot after faking back toward the middle to knot the score at 5-5 heading into halftime.
A quick exclusion put Crowley in position to give Brown a 6-5 lead merely 27 seconds into the third quarter. Sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.) delivered a close-quarters block to spoil a Crimson scoring chance and set up Crowley to convert a goal following a fast transition, putting Brown ahead 7-5 with 6:44 to go in the third.
Jelena Cyr disrupted the Brown momentum with a goal at 6:10 that cut the Bears' lead to 7-6, but Kolokotronis was unfazed when she deposited a spinning goal despite being covered in defenders at 5:58. Crowley stretched Brown's lead to 9-6 with a high bouncing shot at 3:41 only to have Andersen sling a lofted shot out of Shin's reach to make it 9-7 with 3:21 to play. Melissa Balding closed the period with a tip-in goal, shrinking the hosts' lead to 9-8 entering the final frame.
Santiago and Presant ripped shots off the bar early in the fourth but the Bears remained determined, leading McNamara to score on a bouncer after a back pass from Santiago at 5:00. Thirty-three seconds later, Woods drew contact and was awarded a 5-meter shot, on which she promptly scored with a sharp bouncer to go ahead 11-8.
Shayna Price answered with a skipping shot from the point at 3:42 to make it 11-9, but Harvard would not score again as the Bears maintained control the rest of the way. Presant sprinted on a breakaway at the 1:57 mark, beating two defenders to score Brown's 12th goal of the evening, and McNamara caught the goalie out of position with a lob shot to push Brown ahead 13-9 with 30 seconds left.
Brown will complete CWPA Southern Division play at Bucknell this weekend with three games in two days. On Saturday, the Bears take on Princeton at 11:30 a.m. and Mercyhurst at 7 p.m., followed by a showdown with the Bison on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.