April 15, 2008

#20 Brown Clinches Second Seed with 11-2 Win Over Harvard on Senior Night

April 15, 2008

Norton, MA - In the final "home" game for Brown women's water polo's Class of 2008, the 20th-ranked Bears (11-13, 5-2 CWPA North) put forth a solid defensive effort to top Harvard (10-10, 3-4 CWPA North), 11-2 at Balfour Natatorium at Wheaton College on Tuesday night. The Bears held the Crimson scoreless until midway through the third quarter, overcoming a slow offensive start by simply not allowing their opponents to score at all.

In her final regular season game, senior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL) was the star of the game, scoring a game-high four goals, also notching game highs with six steals and four ejections drawn. Her fellow seniors, Emily Schwartz (Miami Beach, FL) and Roxanne Palmer (Los Alamitos, CA) also saw extensive time. Schwartz scored twice and had a steal, while Palmer had a steal and a near-miss on a penalty shot with no time left in the first half.

In the opening half, the Bears could only score two goals in each period. Despite holding a lead, Head Coach Felix Mercado called timeouts in each period, calling for better play on the scoring end of the pool from his players. He got that in the second half, as Brown got four goals in the third and three in the fourth to put the game, and the Crimson, away.

In the cage, sophomore Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) had a solid game, notching seven blocks. Sophomore Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) had three goals and two assists, also drawing a pair of ejections. Freshman Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA) helped key the defensive effort with three steals.

This weekend, the Bears will travel to Utica, N.Y., for the Northern Division Championship. As the number two seed, they will face third seed Connecticut College and sixth seed Utica College in round-robin play on Saturday. In their games with those teams this year, Brown has two wins by a combined 31-12 score. The following day will feature bracket play.