#20 Brown Women's Water Polo Splits at Princeton Invitational

Feb. 22, 2009

Princeton, NJ - Despite junior Lauren Presant's (Poway, CA) team-high three goals, the Brown women's water polo team dropped its first game of the Princeton Invitational, 14-10, to Maryland on Saturday afternoon. But just a few hours later the hard-nosed Bears came back strong against Bucknell to pick up a thrilling 10-9 win over the Bison.

After an even first quarter where both Brown and Maryland scored two goals apiece, the Terps tallied six goals in the second and held the Bears to just four to take a 8-6 lead at the half. Maryland's Ashleigh Jabson was solid in net vs. the Terps, allowing just two goals in each of the last two quarters to maintain the lead and defeat the Bears 14-10. "We played well in both games, but foul trouble put us in tough situation," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Offensively we played better than last week and that is always a plus."

Bruno's offense was led by Prestant's three goals, as sophomore Katherine Stanton (Danvile, CA), freshman Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) and senior Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) chipped in with two goals apiece. Also scoring for the Bears was junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA), as junior goal keeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) recorded eight saves in net.

But Bruno came back strong in game two of the day, and earned a 10-9 victory over the Bucknell Bison. Brown came out strong scoring three goals after the first eight minutes of play, as Laing kept the Bison scoreless, but Bucknell out-scored Brown 3-2 in the second quarter as the Bears headed into half with a 5-3 lead.

Brown registered two more goals in the third and three in the fourth, but the Bison were unable to overcome their early deficit and came up short, 10-9.

Glick notched a game-high five goals, followed by Presant with four and Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA) with one. Laing did an outstanding job in net picking up nine saves.