April 26, 2008

#20 Bears Topple #17 Indiana, 14-10, To Advance to Easterns Fifth-Place Game

April 26, 2008

Ann Arbor, MI - Thanks to three hat tricks and 11 saves by sophomore Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) in the cage, the #20 Brown women's water polo team (15-15) upset #17 Indiana (19-16), 14-10, on Saturday in second-round action at the Eastern Championships at the University of Michigan. The Bears, the tournament's seventh seed used a 7-1 run in the middle part of the game to take the lead for good on the Hoosiers, who were the third seed, advancing to the fifth-place game on Sunday against Bucknell.

The two teams exchanged leads throughout the first quarter, which ended with the Hoosiers up 5-4. However, the second quarter saw the Bears hold their opponents scoreless, while sophomore Lauren Presant (Poway, CA), senior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL), and senior Emily Schwartz (Miami Beach, FL) all scored their second goals of the game to give their team a 6-4 halftime lead.

Indiana's Brooke Zimmerman cut the lead to one 19 seconds into the second half, but the Bears again went on a run, as freshman Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA), Presant, Blaxberg, and sophomore Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) all scored over the next 3:09 to make it 11-6 Bears.

Indiana again cut into the lead, as Kelsey Campbell scored one and Maggie Hannon a pair to make the score 11-9 with 5:58 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, junior Rory Stanton (Danville, CA), Glick, and Blaxberg came up with insurance goals to make it 14-9 with 1:43 remaining.

Blaxberg had a game-high four goals, with Presant and Glick each adding three and Schwartz two. Glick had a game high with three assists.

With the win, the Bears clinched a spot in next season's Elite Six Tournament as a top-six finisher at this year's Eastern Championship. They will be joined by Michigan, Hartwick, Princeton, Maryland, and Bucknell. On Sunday, the Bears will take on the Bison in the final game of the tournament at 1:30 p.m.

Brown 4 3 4 3 - 14
Indiana 5 0 2 3 - 10
Indiana Goals - Maggie Hannon (3); Brooke Zimmerman (3); Kelly Palmberg (2); Brittany Estrada; Kelsey Campbell
Brown Goals - Alexis Blaxberg (4); Sarah Glick (3); Lauren Presant (3); Emily Schwartz (2); Rory Stanton; Joanna Wohlmuth
Indiana Assists - None
Brown Assists - Sarah Glick (3); Lauren Presant
Saves: Indiana - Katie Carson (10) ; Brown - Stephanie Laing (11)
Ejections: Indiana - 16 ; Brown - 11
Shots: Indiana - 28 ; Brown - 32
Sprints: Indiana - 4 ; Brown - 0