Bakersfield, CA- In the first day of the Roadrunner Invitational hosted at Cal State Bakersfield, the Brown women's water polo team (3-8) fell 14-7 to Cal Baptist. Freshman Kate Woods led the Bears' attack with five goals, scoring one goal in the first quarter, and two in both the second and third.
"The first quarter killed us," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "We probably played our worst game of water polo this season. The good thing is that we get back in the pool tomorrow and we can only get better."
Woods scored the first goal of the game at the 5:25 mark, but the Lancers tied it up just 19 seconds later and went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter to take a 7-1 lead. Woods started off the second quarter with a goal just 15 second after the start to cut Brown's deficit to five, but Cal Baptist notched two more goals to extend its lead up 9-2 midway through the second quarter.
Woods knocked in her third goal of the game with 2:35 remaining in the second to put the score at 9-3, but Cal Baptist scored another with 1:28 to go to head into halftime with a seven-point advantage over the Bears.
Cal Baptist scored just 30 seconds into the third quarter to extend its lead to 11-3, but Woods tallied her fourth goal at the 7:21 mark to put the score at 11-4. The Lancers scored the next two goals to go ahead 13-4 before Brown's Joanna Wohlmuth scored with 37 seconds remaining in the third to head into the fourth quarter.
Brown scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter, the first was scored by Joanna Wohlmuth at the 6:34 mark and the second was scored by sophomore Katharine Booher with 58 seconds left to cut Brown's deficit to 14-7 to end the game.
Woods led the offense with five goals, while Wohlmuth and Booher each added one. Shin led the defensive effort with three saves in the cage.
The Bears will now take on Fresno Pacific and Cal State San Bernardino this afternoon.
Photo of Kate Woods (by Gerry Raymonda Photography)