Claremont, CA- The Brown University women's water polo team earned victories over Pomona College and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps yesterday afternoon. The Bears defeated the Sagehens, 6-5, at Haldeman Pool, and went on to earn a 16-13 win over the Athenas at Axelrood Pool.
Freshman Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) tallied three of the Bears' six goals to lead the attack against Pomona. Pepper scored her first goal just 25 seconds in and Alyssa Woodward answered at the 1:13 mark to even the score. In the second, Pomona scored a goal to take a 2-1 lead, but sophomore Sarah Presant (Poway, CA) scored at 4:59 to make the score 2-2. But Pomona came right back down to score on the next possession to give the Sagehens a 3-2 lead at the intermission.
Both squads netted a goal in the third, as sophomore Emily McNamara (Winters, CA) found the back of the net to knot the score at 3-3, but once again Woodward gave Pomona-Pitzer the lead back with 2:18 to go. In the final eight minutes, junior Brittany Westerman (Palo Alto, CA) evened the score at 4-4 and Pepper gave the Bears the lead with a goal scored with 2:18 remaining in the game. Woodward tallied her fourth goal of the game to tie the score with 1:33 left, but Pepper earned the game-winner with 1:13 on the clock to give Bruno a 6-5 victory.
Pomona's Sarah Tuggy earned eight saves in goal to lead the defense for the Sagehens, while freshman Evan Cranston (Palo Alto, CA) picked up eight in the cage for the Bears.
Pepper led the offense with three goals, followed by McNamara, Presant and Westerman with one apiece.
Sophomore Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) led the team against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scoring six goals for the Bears. Brown exploded for five goals in the first and held the Athenas to just one, and went on to outscore C-M-S 4-2 in the second to gain a 9-3 lead at the half.
Brown edged the Athenas 5-4 in the third quarter to increase its lead to 14-7. Claremont's 6-2 run in the fourth quarter wasn't enough for the Athenas, as Brown came away with the 16-13 win.
Adding to the offense was Presant and freshman Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA) with three goals each, followed by Pepper with two and Westerman and McNamara with one. Cranston combined for eight saves in net to lead Brown's defensive effort.
Brown will now take on Azusa Pacific and UC San Diego at the UC San Diego Invitational on March 30. They will then close out the trip with a game against Fresno Pacific on March 31 and will head back east to challenge Connecticut College on April 4th.