ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA – The Brown women's water polo team (3-7, 1-2 Southern) snapped a five-game losing streak this evening with a 15-12 victory over the George Washington Colonials (6-6, 0-1 Southern) at Mercyhurst's North East Aquatics Center. The win was the Bears' first CWPA Southern Division triumph of the young season.
Pepper 4, Woods 3, Rosen 2, Presant 2, McNamara 2, Booher 2
Cranston 4 (2 quarters), Shin 3 (2 quarters)
B 3 4 3 5 = 15
G 1 6 1 4 = 12
After struggling a bit in the opening games of its campaign, the Brown offense came alive tonight, led by sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) who had four goals, two assists and four ejections drawn.
The Bears opened up with strength, developing a 3-1 lead after one period with goals by sophomore Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA), junior Sarah Presant (Poway, CA) and senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA). George Washington wouldn't go down without a fight however, responding with four unanswered goals in the span of two minutes, putting them on top 5-3 before Brown was able to regroup and even the score at seven.
In the second half, the Bears were able to firmly establish a lead and hold off a late rally by the Colonials, scoring eight goals in the final two quarters to George Washington's five. The Colonials came close in the fourth however, narrowing their deficit to one with 5:28 remaining on the clock, but Brown would score four of the final six goals of the game to secure the win.
Junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) was a major contributor on the offensive end, tallying three goals and adding six assists. Presant, Rosen, Booher and junior Emily McNamara (Winters, CA) all finished with two goals apiece. Defensively, sophomore Evan Cranston (Palo Alto, CA) and junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) alternated quarters, ending with four and three saves, respectively. Senior Caudia Ruiz (Sacramento, CA) also had a strong game, handing out three assists and grabbing two steals.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow morning when they play another divisional contest against Mercyhurst at 10:30am.