Bears Earn Thrilling Overtime Win Against No. 12 Hartwick

April 3, 2009

Norton, MA - The Brown women's water polo team (14-12) earned a thrilling 8-7 double overtime victory against Hartwick College (18-11) on Friday evening at Balfour Natatorium at Wheaton College. Sophomore Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) tallied the game-winning goal, as junior Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) came up with a huge save to end a Hartwick power play as time expired and the Bears handed the Hawks its first loss to an east coast opponent this season.

Bruno jumped out to a 4-2 lead after the first eight minutes of play before the Hawks tied it up with a pair of unanswered goals in the second period. Hartwick went on to outscore Brown against in the third quarter, 2-1, as the Hawks held onto a one-point advantage heading into the final quarter. But the Bears answered back with a goal in the fourth to tie the game and head into overtime.

Both teams battled in the first three minute overtime, but Laing's stellar defensive play in net kept the Hawks scoreless. Wohlmuth then came up with a huge goal for Bruno, as she tallied the game-winner against Hartwick's Jess Dorman.

Wohlmuth had a season-high three goals, while junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) and junior Sarah Glick (Bonita,CA) chipped in with two. Also adding a goal was freshman Samantha Ryu (Santa Barbara, CA).

Brown will now challenge Utica tomorrow at 11:15 a.m., followed by matches against Connecticut College at 2:45 p.m. and Harvard at 6:00 p.m.