March 21, 2012

Water Polo Edged by Harvard, 7-5

Cambridge, MA- The Brown University women's water polo team suffered a 7-5 loss to Harvard on Wednesday evening at Blodgett Pool. Freshman Madison Pepper and Emily McNamara led the scoring with two goals apiece, but the Crimson was able to come away with the win after a 3-0 run to start the fourth quarter.

With the Crimson holding a 4-2 lead at halftime, Brown outscored Harvard 1-0 in the third quarter to bring the Bears within one. But Harvard used a 3-0 run to start the fourth quarter and held Bruno to just two goals to earn a 7-5 victory. The Bears were playing shorthanded as they were without center defenders junior Katharine Booher and freshman Rebecca Zak, as well as without junior Brittany Westerman.

"We were missing three important pieces of our team and to add to that we had three other players who played hurt," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "Harvard is a good team and for us to not be at full strength was an obvious disadvantage. With that being said I felt the girls we did have played their hearts out."

Also scoring for the Bears tonight was sophomore Kate Woods, while freshman Evan Cranston picked up 13 saves in goal.

Brown will now head to the West Coast for eight days to play against some of the CWPA's top-ranked teams. Brown will compete in the CSU Bakersfield Tournament on March 24-25, taking on No. 17 Cal State Northridge and Cal Baptist on March 24, and then Cal State Bakersfield on March 25. The Bears will also challenge #2 Stanford, #14 UC Santa Barbara and #19 UC San Diego, as well as other talented teams on the coast.