March 1, 2009
Providence, RI - Led by junior Lauren Presant's (Poway, CA) three goals, the Brown women's water polo team defeated Marist 10-8 in overtime to claim the 2009 Division I ECAC Championship at the McCann Natatorium on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Foxes scored just 11 seconds into the game after a goal by Katelin McCahill, and went on to score two more goals for Marist in the first quarter. The Bears went goal-for-goal, as junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) tied the game at 3-3 with 50 seconds remaining in the opening period. Brown then took the lead in the second quarter after rookie Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) tallied a goal. Marist then had two 6-on-5 opportunities to tie the game in the second quarter, but Brown's hard-nosed defense didn't allow it. Bruno notched one more goal at the 1:35 mark of the second quarter to gain a 5-3 advantage heading into halftime.
"We survived foul trouble and a comeback to win this championship," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Our girls fought hard and I'm glad they can enjoy a 3-0 weekend."
Marist brought it within one at the 1:50 mark in the third quarter, but Brown increased its lead back up to two, 6-4, with 1:10 to go in the quarter when senior Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) found the back of the cage. The Red Foxes got back within a goal with 14 seconds left in the third quarter when Samantha Swartz scored her lone goal of the game. The Bears clawed right back and went ahead by two early in the fourth, but Marist gained control from there.
Marist tallied a goal with 4:50 remaining in the last quarter, followed by another just 42 seconds later to tie the game at 7-7. The Red Foxes then took the lead for the first since the first quarter with a goal by Rachel Sunday making the score 8-7. Junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) then tallied a power play goal with just five seconds left to force the game into overtime for the second week in a row.
The Bears out-scored Marist 2-0 in overtime, as Kwoka added Brown's first goal with 1:56 remaining in the period and Presant then scored with 32 seconds remaining to put the game away and defeat the Red Foxes, 10-8.
Brown's defense was outstanding, as junior goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) tallied 10 saves and finished the tournament as the Outstanding Player. Also giving a great defensive effort was Stanton, who handed out three assists and picked up four steals.