March 24, 2007

#19 Brown Splits on First Day of Aztec Invitational

March 24, 2007

San Diego, CA - On the first day of its Spring Break swing through California, the 19th-ranked Brown women's water polo team split at the Aztec Invitational. The Bears opened with a tough 12-3 loss to #4 San Diego State, the tournament's host, but came back to throttle Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 10-4. Senior co-captain Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) led the Bears in scoring in both games, finishing with six goals for the day.

Brown kept things relatively close in the opener until the Aztecs reeled off five unanswered goals to close the game. San Diego State took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but Balassone got the Bears on the board at 7:22 in the second period to make it 3-1. The Aztecs got three more before sophomore Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) scored with 30 seconds remaining in the half. San Diego State got one more with 15 seconds remaining to make the halftime score 7-2. Balassone scored the first goal of the third at 7:34, but that would be all for the Bears, as their opponents got three in the third and two in the fourth for the 12-3 final.

Freshman Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) had two assists and drew three ejections, while junior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL) also drew three ejections. Balassone drew an ejection and had three steals to go with her two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) made eight saves and had a steal in the cage.

The Bears used their 5 p.m. game against CMS to take out their frustration, taking an 8-1 lead after three quarters before the Athenas were able to get three in the fourth for the final 10-4 score. Balassone had four goals, three ejections drawn, followed by Presant with three goals, two steals and two ejections drawn, and Stanton with two goals. Senior co-captain Claire Angyal (Mosman, Australia) and freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) had one goal apiece, with Glick adding two assists and two steals. Junior Ally Wyatt (Ypsilanti, MI) had two assists, while senior co-captain Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) had two steals. Blaxberg drew two ejections, and Laing had 10 saves in the cage.

On Sunday morning, the Bears will square off with Pomona-Pitzer, followed by a tilt with Cal State Bakersfield, which was ranked in the Top 20 until this week, in the afternoon.