Water Polo Beats Harvard 10-6, Falls To Hartwick 13-5, Later In Second Match

April 8, 2006

Providence, RI - The women's water polo team came out of the halftime 4-4 tie with Harvard and exploded offensively, out scoring the Crimson 6-2 for the 10-6 win. The Bears faltered in the second game of the day as Hartwick's six goal fourth quarter, was not matched by Brown falling 13-5.

In game one the Bears played catch-up for most of the first half, before tying the score at four after fourteen minutes of play. Junior Karlyanna Kopra got the Bears on the board at the 3:10 mark in the first, converting on a six on five opportunity putting the score at 1-1. Sophomore Ally Wyatt netted the first of her three goals with 5:28 to go in the second quarter, giving Brown a 2-1 lead on a counter attack. The Crimson came firing back, scoring three consecutive goals to grab a 4-2 lead. After goals by Wyatt and junior Caitlin Fahey Brown was able to get back in it and send both squads into halftime with a 4-4 tie.

After a quick goal by Harvard, the Bears went up 8-5 as junior Paige Lansing, Kopra, junior Elizabeth Balassone and Wyatt all hit the back of the for the three goal lead with 1:39 remaining in the third. Harvard was able to sneak on more goal past sophomore Anne Deggelman before the second year goalie and the Brown defense clamped down to keep the Crimson without a goal for most of the final quarter. Deggelman finished the contest with five blocks and one assist. Sophomore Alexis Blaxberg and Fahey tacked on the Bears final two goals in the win.

In game two the Bears could not overcome a 6-3 halftime deficit as Hartwick handed the Brown the 13-5 loss. Balassone gave the Bears the early lead, the only one Brown had in the meeting, as she netted her third goal of the afternoon 4:54 in the first. Hartwick went on to score six goals before Brown was able to score their second goal. The Bears were able to score four consecutive goals by freshman Rory Stanton, Balassone, Fahey and Lansing, before Hartwick took over. Deggleman tallied six blocks in the loss.

The Bears will wrap up action tomorrow afternoon as they take on Michigan at noon at the Smith Swim Center in Providence, RI.