Bears Win Northeastern Championships with 9-2 Victory over Harvard

April 18, 2004

UTICA, NY - The Brown women's water polo team won the 2004 Northeastern Championships with a 9-2 victory over Harvard in the Championship game on Sunday afternoon.

Against the Crimson, Brown was led by junior Diana Livermore, who had three goals, three steals, and four drawn kick-outs. Seniors Jackie Parente and Lauren McGeoch added two goals, while freshmen Claire Angyal and Paige Lansing each scored one goal. Senior Jeanie Ward-Waller posted six steals, while McGeoch, Lansing, and sophomore Allison Biner all drew one ejection. In net for the Bears, senior Keira Heggie recorded eight saves.

En route to the championship game, Brown defeated Siena, 17-1, Connecticut College, 12-1, and Marist, 15-2. Against Siena, 10 different Bears scored at least one goal, with Livermore and freshman Elizabeth Balassone leading the way with four goals each. Livermore also drew a four-meter penalty, while Balassone added five steals, two assists, and two drawn ejections. Biner posted two goals, two steals, and two assists, while McGeoch added one goal, one steal, and two assists. Freshman Caitlin Fahey (1g, 2 steals), senior Sonia Lamel (1g, 3 steals), Lansing (1g, 2 steals), and freshman Erica Trauba (1g, 2 steals) all added at least one goal and one steal, while Angyal and Ward-Waller added three and four steals, respectively. Parente (1g) and freshman Karlyanna Kopra (1g) also scored for the Bears, while Heggie notched five saves.

Against Connecticut College, Balassone led the Bears with three goals and four steals, while McGeoch (1 steal), Trauba (1 steal), and freshmen Meredith Daniels (1a) and Julia Lippe-Klein (2a) all added two goals. Junior Kristin Vollmer tallied one goal to go along with one assist and two steals, while Kopra led Brown with five steals. In net for Brown, Heggie recorded nine saves and four steals.

Against Marist, Kopra led the Bears with three goals and three steals, while Livermore added one goal, two steals, and two drawn kick-outs. Balassone added three goals, while McGeoch scored twice. Fahey, Angyal, Vollmer, and Lippe-Klein each tallied one goal in the win. In net for Brown, Heggie made four saves.

The Bears continue action next weekend when they travel to Bucknell for the 2004 Eastern Championships. The winner of the Eastern Championships receives an automatic bid for the 2004 NCAA Championships.