Women's Water Polo Falls 15-9 to No. 3 UCLA

Women's Water Polo Falls 15-9 to No. 3 UCLA

March 27, 2009

Los Angeles, CA - The Brown women's water polo team (12-11) fell 15-9 to No. 3 ranked UCLA (20-3) on Thursday afternoon at UCLA. Bruno's offense was led by junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA), junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA), and sophomore Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA), who each tallied three goals during yesterday's match.

The Bruins jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter after Sarah Orozco netted three of UCLA's first three goals, followed by a Gandy goal to push its lead to 4-0. The Bruins received one goal from Anne Belden at the 1:20 mark and another from Randi Bressee with 20 seconds remaining in the quarter to increase the cushion to four.

UCLA gained a 7-0 lead on a goal by Nicole Barker just a minute into the second quarter, but Brown responded with a 5-1 scoring run, slicing UCLA's margin to 8-5. Glick scored her first of three goals at the 5:33 mark in the second period, before Katie Estrada of UCLA netted the Bruins' eighth goal. Trailing 8-1. The visiting Bears scored twice before halftime and added two more goals early in the third quarter, trimming the deficit to 8-5 after back-to-back goals by Glick and Stanton.

But UCLA then lit up for three consecutive goals, two from Tanya Gandy and one from Belden, to increase its lead to 11-5. Both teams traded goals in the final minute of the third quarter, giving the Bruins a 12-6 cushion entering the final period. Brown and UCLA registered three goals in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit, as the Bears eventually fell 15-9.

Brown junior goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) led the Bears' defense with 13 saves, as UCLA freshman Caitlin Dement recorded just one stop in the cage.

The Bears are back in action today at 12:00 p.m. PT, as it takes on Cal State San Bernardino, followed by a 3:45 p.m. matchup against Concordia (Calif) in the first day of the Bakersfield Invite. The squad will then take on Whittier at 8:00 a.m., and UC San Diego at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.