Bears Get Key Win Over Indiana in Day Two Split

March 18, 2007

Ann Arbor, MI - At the second day of the Wolverine Invitational, the Brown women's water polo team got a big win over Indiana, 8-4, in the back end of a doubleheader, bringing its record to 7-3. The Bears fell to 11th-ranked Loyola Marymount earlier in the day, 11-6, but were able to bounce back and drop the Hoosiers, who were ranked 20th in last week's poll and were unranked with two votes this week to be tied with Brown.

Senior Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) got the Bears on the board first against Indiana, scoring just one minute into the contest. The Hoosiers tied it up just over a minute and a half later at 5:25, but senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA), who led a strong defensive effort along with junior Ally Wyatt (Ypsilanti, MI), got the Bears the lead again at the same point in the second quarter.

An Indiana goal at 3:56 tied the game at two, but from there, the Brown freshmen took over. Lauren Presant (Poway, CA), who led the Bears with five goals on the day, scored twice before halftime to give Brown a 4-2 lead. Fellow first-year Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) scored a pair coming out of the break, and after an Indiana goal, Presant got her third for a 7-4 Brown lead.

An IU ejection at 6:55 in the fourth gave the Bears an opportunity to add to the lead, and after a timeout, senior Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA) cashed in on the advantage for the final 8-4 score. Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI), playing in her hometown, had 12 blocks, including two on five-meter penalty shots. Glick had five steals, with Fahey adding three.On the offensive end, Lansing led the Bears with four assists, with Glick adding two.

The Bears played well against LMU, but were unable to overcome a 5-0 lead they spotted the Lions in the first half. Lansing finally got her team on the board with 1:08 remaining in the first half for a 5-1 halftime score. Presant got a goal after LMU opened the second-half scoring, but the Lions reeled off three more scores to go up 9-2. Brown scored four of the next five goals, as junior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL), Presant, Balassone, and senior Claire Angyal (Mosman, Australia) scored to cut the lead to 10-6 with 3:03 left in the game. However, LMU got one at 2:32 to end the scoring.

Laing again played well, getting two steals to go with her six blocks. Sophomore Kristin Cuthbertson (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) and Fahey had three steals each, with Lansing adding two. Sophomore Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) led the Bears with two assists.

Sunday promises more difficult competition for the Bears. They'll open the day with a game against Cal Baptist, then close out the weekend against the tournament's host, #17 Michigan.