March 22, 2014

Women’s Water Polo Defeats Sonoma State, Falls to No. 9 Loyola Marymount

 

Brown            1  2  4  3  -  10
SSU                2  1  4  0  -  7
Goals: Kolokotronis 2, Presant 2, Woods 2, Crowley 1, Koper 1, McNamara 1, Rosen 1
Saves: Shin 11

Brown            2  2  2  0  -  6
LMU               3  3  4  4  -  14
Goals: Crowley 2, Kolokotronis 1, McNamara 1, Rosen 1, Woods 1
Saves: Shin 3

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Senior goalie Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) buckled down for 11 saves and three Bears scored twice as the Brown women's water polo team ran its win streak to four games with a 10-7 win over Sonoma State,  but No. 9 Loyola Marymount handed Brown a 14-6 loss in game two at the LMU ZUMO Invitational on Saturday. The Bears move to 8-9 overall with the split.

Senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) totaled three goals, eight assists and four steals over two games, while freshmen Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) and Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) also finished with three goals each. Senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) tallied a goal in each game and drew five ejections against Sonoma State, while Crowley added three assists, three steals and a pair of exclusions to add to her stat line against the Lions.

Sonoma State built a two-goal lead in the opening quarter following two Brown exclusions. Woods fired in an even strength goal to halve the deficit with a minute left in the first and McNamara and Rosen strung together back-to-back tallies to force a 3-3 tie at the half.

A wild third quarter saw both sides strike for four goals, pushing the score to 7-7 heading into the final period. Presant and Rosen picked up consecutive man-up scores to knot the game at 5-5 and Woods tossed in another with 22 seconds left in the stanza, but two more power play attacks by the Seawolves prevented Brown from pulling ahead.

An early exclusion in the fourth allowed freshman Hannah Koper (Santa Barbara, Calif.) to record what proved to be the game-winning goal as the Brown defense shut out Sonoma State the rest of the way. Shin's 11 saves proved essential to the Bears' fourth-quarter efforts in which they outscored their opponents 3-0.

Crowley turned in a well-rounded effort against LMU but the Bears could not overcome the Lions' eight-goal second half surge. The hosts drew two ejections in the opening five minutes and took advantage of the second one as Mackenzie Beck scored one of her two goals to put the Lions on the board first. Woods and Crowley attacked for even-strength connections to tie the game at 2-2, although an LMU power play goal on the fourth of five Brown exclusions in the quarter made it a 3-2 game after eight minutes of action.

The second quarter played out to a similar 3-2 score for the hosts and Brown leaned on McNamara and Kolokotronis to keep the game close with goals in the final 4:16. Crowley's power play tally at 5:55 in the third brought the Bears within two, 7-5, but the Lions then unleashed seven goals to Brown's one over the next quarter and a half to prevail 14-6.

The Bears return to action tomorrow when they face their second nationally-ranked opponent in as many days in No. 6 UC Irvine. Opening sprint is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST.