April 28, 2007

Bears Knocked Into Easterns Consolation Bracket by Last-Second Indiana Goal

April 28, 2007

Princeton, NJ - After a furious fourth-quarter comeback, the Brown women's water polo team (22-10) tied Indiana with 1:07 remaining in its Eastern Championship first-round match-up. However, the Hoosiers' Brooke Zimmerman scored her third goal of the game with just seven seconds left to give her team a 9-8 victory and knock the Bears into the tournament's consolation bracket. In the second round, Brown beat Harvard for the fifth time this season, 12-3, to advance to Sunday's fifth-place game.

Indiana jumped out to a 7-2 lead with 7:15 left in the third period, but the Bears stormed back, scoring six of the next seven goals. Freshman Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) scored twice before the end of the period, once at even-strength and once on a six-on-five exclusion, to make it 7-4 entering the final quarter. Junior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL) scored at 6:47, and senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) converted on an exclusion with 4:56 remaining to make it 7-6.

Indiana's Melissa Soria scored on a backhand shot with 4:38 remaining to make it 8-6, but senior Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) scored twice in the next three-and-a-half minutes to tie the game. That led to Zimmerman's goal in the waning seconds to end the game in regulation.

Senior Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA) had Brown's two first-half goals, one on an exclusion. Fahey had four assists and drew three ejections to go with her goal, while Blaxberg added two helpers. Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) had seven saves in the loss.

Against the Crimson, the Bears took out any frustrations they had after dropping their first game, dominating three of the four quarters for their fifth big win over Harvard in as many games this season. Brown outscored Harvard 11-0 in the first, second, and fourth quarters, as the Crimson made a run in the third, scoring three times to Brown's one.

The Bears took a 6-0 lead into the half, as freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA), Fahey, Blaxberg, senior Claire Angyal (Mosman, Australia), and Balassone scored. Blaxberg got her second goal of the game with 22 seconds left in the second for the halftime score. Balassone scored the lone Brown goal of the third, as Harvard cut the lead to 7-3, but five Brown goals in the fourth sealed the win. Presant scored twice, while Fahey, Balassone, and sophomore Alexandra Ferguson (Seattle, WA) each scored once.

Angyal had three assists and three steals along with her goal, while Blaxberg had two and two along with her two markers. Laing blocked 12 shots in the cage.

The Bears will play the winner of the Maryland/Bucknell game at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in the fifth-place game.