February 15, 2009

Women's Water Polo Opens With Split Against NYAC, No. 8 Michigan

Feb. 15, 2009

Cambridge, MA - The Brown women's water polo team opened the 2009 season with an 11-9 victory over New York Athletic Club, but dropped an 8-4 decision to No. 8 ranked University of Michigan on Sunday afternoon at Blodgett Pool at Harvard University.

The Bears started the day with its victory over NYAC, led by an outstanding 13-save effort by goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI). The Bears gained an 11-5 advantage at the end of three quarters, and held off a team made up of former collegiate All-Americans to earn an 11-9 win.

"I felt we played amazing, considering we were only able to start practice on Feb. 1st due to Ivy League rules," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. To play a team like Michigan who has been training since September tight, and to be able to contain their explosive counter attack, it shows we should have a good season."

Junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) led Bruno's offense with five goals, followed by junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA), rookie Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) and senior Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) each with two goals apiece.

In the night cap, Brown's offense never got into a rhythm, but with the incredibly play of Laing in net, the Bears were able to contain the eighth-ranked Wolverines. Michigan gained an early 4-0 lead over Bruno after the first two quarters, but Brown notched three goals in the third quarter. But it wasn't enough to overcome Michigan, who was able to extend its lead into an 8-4 victory. Presant led the offense with two goals, followed by Kwoka and Glick with one apiece. Laing had another great game in goal, combining for 15 saves in the loss.

Brown is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 21, when it takes on Maryland at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 6:45 p.m. match against the Bucknell Bison during the first day of the Princeton Invite.