ONEONTA, NEW YORK – The Brown women's water polo team (6-8, 2-2 CWPA Southern) played to considerable success in New York on Saturday, earning two wins over non-league opponents Wick Club and Connecticut College (2-4), while dropping only one decision to the host team, Hartwick (18-7).
Brown 16 Wick Club team 11
Munoz 4, Klein 3, Stormont 2, Ly 1, Drebin 1, Kempf 1, Pierotti 1, Presant 1, Wellington 1, Santiago 1
Louis 3 (3 quarters), Shin 1
B: 5 - 6 - 2 - 3 = 16
W: 2 - 3 - 2 - 4 = 11
In its first game of the afternoon, Brown earned a 16-11 win over the Wick Club team, as nine different players scored a goal in the contest to contribute to the team's offensive efforts. Leading the way was junior Kristi Munoz (La Verne, CA) who had four goals in addition to one assist and two steals. Two additional Bears had multiple goal afternoons, as sophomore Emily Klein (Pleasanton, CA) netted three and senior Kayla Stormont (Hilo, HI) added two of her own. As the team played to a convincing win, junior Malaika Drebin (Palo Alto, CA), freshman Mai Ly (Los Angeles, CA), sophomore Chloe Kempf (Laguna Hills, CA), freshman Victoria Pierotti (Newport Beach, CA), junior Sarah Presant (Poway, CA), freshman Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, CA) and junior Carly Wellington (Lake Oswego, OR) each contributed one goal. Ly was also impressive in other areas, adding two assists and five steals to her totals. Junior Raquel Louis (Wellington, FL) saw most of the action in front of the cage, making three saves.
Brown 19 Connecticut College 10
Pepper 5, Klein 4, McNamara 4, Zak 2, Santiago 2, Presant 1, Booher 1
Cranston (1 quarter) 1, Shin (1 quarter) 1, Louis (2 quarters) 3
B: 5 - 5 - 7 - 2 = 19
C: 0 - 1 - 3 - 6 = 10
In its second game of the day, Brown used a 5-0 first quarter run to cruise to a 19-10 victory over Connecticut College. The Bears built a 10-1 lead over the Camels at the half and never looked back, as sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) led the way, exploding for five goals in the contest. Presant added one goal and assisted on four, a team-high. Both Klein and junior Emily McNamara (Winters, CA) chipped in with four goals apiece. Sophomore Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, CA) was stellar on the defensive end, making five steals. Every member of the team saw time in the water as Brown scored a season-high 19 goals, and Louis fought off a fourth quarter surge from the Camels, making three saves in net.
Brown 8 Hartwick 21
Booher 3, Presant 2, Rosen 1, Pepper 1, McNamara 1
Cranston (2 quarters) 2, Shin (2 quarters) 2
B: 2 - 2 - 4 - 0 = 8
H: 7 - 6 - 6 - 2 = 21
In its final contest of a busy afternoon, Brown was not able to slow down the Hartwick Hawks on their senior night, falling by a score of 21-8. After being outscored by the Hawks 7-2 in the first quarter, the Bears were not able to muster enough offense in the remaining three stanzas. The power play was a big factor in Brown's defeat, as the team was only able to convert on 4-of-16 opportunities. The Hawks played well when shorthanded however, converting many of the Bears' misses into goals with 10 counter attack tallies. Senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA) managed to find the back of the net on three occasions while also grabbing three steals in the contest. Pepper scored one goal and drew six ejections, while sophomore Evan Cranston (Palo Alto, CA) and junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) split time in the cage, making two saves each.
While Brown is on spring break, the Bears will play a series of 11 games in California, beginning with a game against Redlands at San Diego State on Friday, March 22. Action is set to begin at 5:00pm PT.