PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Brown women's water polo team (18-20, 5-3 CWPA Southern) produced its third win of the weekend at the 2013 CWPA Eastern Championships on Sunday, earning fifth place in their final competition of the season. The Bears defeated the Harvard Crimson by a score of 18-9 at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium, and the win, Brown's third over its Ivy League foe this season, marks the first time that the squad has finished in the top five since 2008.
Brown 18 – Harvard 9
Woods 5, Booher 4, McNamara 3, Pepper 2, Presant 2, Ruiz 1, Rosen 1
B: 3 - 6 - 5 - 4 = 18
H: 2 - 3 - 2 - 2 = 9
The game was tight in the first quarter, and Harvard took an early lead with 5:28 left in the opening stanza. Brown responded just over a minute later however, as senior Claudia Ruiz (Sacramento, CA) notched a tally and junior Kate Woods (La Jolla, CA) added two, giving the Bears a 3-2 advantage going into the second quarter.
Harvard responded to each of Brown's early efforts to pull away in the second, but the Bears finally began to consistently evade their defenders as the clock wound down in the first half. Woods and sophomore Madison Pepper (Baytown, TX) scored less than a minute apart to build a three-goal lead, and while the Crimson managed to get one back, the Bears would not be denied. Junior Emily McNamara (Winters, FL) and Pepper each connected in the final two minutes to give them a 9-5 lead with 16 minutes left to play.
The second half was all Brown, as the Bears outscored the Crimson 5-2 in the third stanza before sealing their commanding, 18-9 victory with four consecutive goals in the final quarter.
Woods led Brown's offense with five goals, while senior Katharine Booher (Palo Alto, CA) added four tallies in her final game with the Bears. The 18-goal total was the highest offensive output for a Brown team in the history of the women's CWPA Eastern Championships. The squad was also impressive defensively however, as junior Sarah Shin (Fullerton, CA) made 10 saves between the pipes.