Brown Drops Two Nail-Biters on Day One of Bison Invite

LEWISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA – The Brown women's water polo team (2-4) lost two tight games on Saturday at the Bucknell Invite, falling to Marist (3-4), 6-5, before being defeated by Bucknell (2-1), 10-9.

Brown
5 Marist 6

GOALS
McNamara 2, Pepper 1, Ruiz 1, Rosen 1
SAVES
Shin 6

B: 1 – 3 – 1 - 0 = 5
M 0 – 3 – 2 - 1 = 6

The Bears took an early, 4-3 lead in their first game of the day against the Red Foxes, scoring four goals in the first half. Junior Emily McNamara (Winters, CA) scored two goals to lead the charge, while sophomore Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA) and classmate Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) each had one. Marist rallied however, scoring two goals in the third, while senior co-captain Claudia Ruiz (Sacramento, CA) added one for Brown, knotting the score, 5-5. Marist's Shelby Rinker scored just 28 seconds into the fourth quarter to break the tie, and Brown could not find a way back, ultimately dropping the 6-5 decision. For the day, the Bears went 1-for-9 on power play opportunities, while junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) anchored the defense with six saves. Rosen also added four steals and junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) had three of her own.

Brown
9 Bucknell 10

GOALS

Woods 4, Pepper 2, Rosen 2, Presant 1
SAVES
Shin 2

BR:  2 - 2 - 2 - 3 = 9
BU:  4 - 2 - 2 - 2 = 10

The Bison scored four goals in the first quarter in the Bears' second game of the day, giving them a 4-2 advantage over Brown going into the second, where they were eventually able to build a four goal edge. The Bears went on a 3-0 run halfway through the contest however, holding the Bison scoreless for over eight minutes to play their way back into the game. Three goals in the fourth quarter enabled Brown to tie the score twice, but Bucknell's Taylor Barnett scored a power play goal with 1:36 to play to gain the 10-9 lead. Rosen almost scored the Bears' 10th goal with less than a minute to go, but she was denied by Rena Heim in the Bison net, and the home team would hold on for the win. The 10-9 loss is Brown's fourth one-goal defeat of the young season. Offensively, the Bears were paced by Woods, who had 4 tallies in the game, as well as Rosen and Pepper, who each added two goals. Junior Sarah Presant (Poway, CA) also scored a goal, while adding four steals. Shin had two saves in the cage for the Bears in her second game of the afternoon.

Brown will return to the pool on Sunday, February 17, to play its final two games in the Bucknell Invite. The team will take on the Hartwick Hawks at 9:10am before squaring off against Wagner Seahawks at 1:50pm.