Women's Water Polo Wins Two at Northerns

April 19, 2009

New London, CT - During the first day of the Northern Division Championships hosted at Connecticut College, the Brown women's water polo team defeated Connecticut College 16-4 and went on to defeat Harvard University 8-7 in double overtime.

Sophomore Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) notched six goals en route to Brown's victory over the Camels in Saturday. Brown opened the day with a 5-1 run in the first quarter, and went on to outscore Connecticut College 5-0 in the second quarter to take a 10-1 lead heading into halftime. Junior Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) played in goal that half and picked up five saves before being relieved by rookie Misa Scharfen (Santa Rose, CA).

The Bears continued to dominate through the second half, outscoring the Camels 6-3 to earn the 16-4 victory. Also adding goals was junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) with three goals and four assists, followed by junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) with two. Also adding a goal was Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA), Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA), sophomore Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA), Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) and Allyson Schumacher (Des Moines, WA).

Against Harvard, Brown found itself in unfamiliar territory trailing 6-1 at the half. But the Bears clawed their way back into the match when Glick notched her third goal of the game, and fourth tying goal of the season, to tie the game at seven with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

"I can't say enough about this team," said "Head Coach Felix Mercado. "We were down by five, but I never felt that the girls were not going to come back for the win. Harvard came out hard and they are a great team. We were just able to out-will them at the end and finish with the victory."

Both teams failed to score in the first overtime period, but Presant was able to sneak one past Harvard's goalkeeper with 1:22 left in the game to give Bruno their first lead of the night and the victory. Laing did an outstanding job between the pipes with 10 saves, as Bullwinkel gave Brown a great defensive effort.

Glick and Presant each tallied three goals against the Crimson, followed by Rory Stanton with two.