#18 Bears Pound Harvard for Third Time This Season, 11-3

#18 Bears Pound Harvard for Third Time This Season, 11-3

April 13, 2007

Cambridge, MA - For the third time this season, the 18th-ranked Brown women's water polo team (16-8, 3-2 Northern Div.) beat CWPA Northern Division rival Harvard (5-10, 1-4) handily, taking an 11-3 win at Blodgett Pool Thursday night. The Bears jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring on their first four possessions of the game, and never looked back.

Brown had a 5-1 lead after the first, and after a scoreless second quarter, put the game away with a 4-1 third quarter. In the opening flurry, senior Claire Angyal (Mosman, Australia) got the scoring started with a goal at 7:17 on a counter-attack. Freshman Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) scored the next two goals, and senior Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA) put the Bears up 4-00 at 5:06. Senior two-meter Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) ended the run with a goal at 3:56. Harvard scored the final goal of the half one minute later.

Senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) got the scoring started again in the third with a marker 38 seconds into the quarter. Lansing scored her second goal just under a minute later for a 7-1 Brown lead, and after a Harvard goal, Fahey and Presant both scored for a 9-2 Brown lead. Bruno coasted the rest of the way, as junior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL) scored twice in the fourth quarter for the final 11-3 margin.

In addition to her team-high three goals, Presant led the Bears with three assists. Fahey and freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) had two helpers each. Balassone had a solid all-around game, leading Brown with two drawn ejections and three steals to go with her goal. Blaxberg and Glick both had two steals as well.

The Bears end their regular season this weekend in Utica, N.Y., as they will square off with Utica (0-17, 0-2) and Queens (3-9, 2-2) Colleges on Saturday. Those games will help finalize the seeding for next weekend's Northern Division Championship, held at Connecticut College, where the Bears will likely be the second seed behind #12 Hartwick. The top two teams at that event will earn bids to the Eastern Championship the following weekend at Princeton, while the third-place team will have a shot at an at-large bid.