March 29, 2014

Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 20 San Diego State, Rebounds against Fresno Pacific

Brown            1  1  2  1  -  5
SDSU              3  2  3  2  -  10

Goals:
Presant 2, McNamara 1, Woods 1, Zak 1

Saves: Shin 11

 

Brown            4  3  2  4  -  13
FPU                3  0  0  2  -  5

Goals:
Crowley 3, Koper 2, Woods 2, Ly 1, McNamara 1, Presant 1, Rosen 1, Santiago 1, Wellington 1
Saves: Shin 3

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – A trio of Bears registered three goals each as the Brown women's water polo team fell to No. 20 San Diego State, 10-5, before rebounding for a 13-5 win over Fresno Pacific at the Aztec Aquaplex on Saturday. The Bears move to 13-12 overall and finish their 12-game California swing with an 8-4 record.

Seniors Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.) and Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) and freshman Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) all totaled three goals, with Crowley providing the offensive punch to the tune of a hat trick in Brown's victory over the Sunbirds. Senior goalie Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) made 11 saves in the setback against the Aztecs but followed with three saves and two shutout quarters against Fresno Pacific.

Junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.) added three assists against San Diego State, senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) drew three ejections and the Bears accumulated nine steals, led by Woods and sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.) with two apiece.

The Bears found themselves in a 5-2 hole after one half against the Aztecs, with Woods and Presant tallying the goals for the visitors. McNamara and Presant both struck within the first 2:09 of the third quarter for Brown, but San Diego State answered with another three goals to pull ahead 8-4. The hosts tossed in another two tallies in the opening 1:09 of the final frame, and junior Rebecca Zak's (Carlsbad, Calif.) last-minute strike was not enough as the Bears fell, 10-5.

Against the Sunbirds, Brown posted bookend four-goal quarters to post its third-highest goal-total of the season. Woods handed out a game-high two assists, Presant wrangled three steals and three Bears drew two ejections each.

The Brown offense could not be contained in the first quarter, which proved essential as Fresno Pacific kept the game close with a pair of last-minute goals to push a 4-3 score. Presant found the back of the net 18 seconds in the second quarter to go ahead 5-3, while Santiago and McNamara registered back-to-back goals to go up 7-3.

Tough Brown defense posted held the Sunbirds to a goose egg for two straight period, allowing the Bears to pull ahead 9-3 after three frames. Fresno Pacific broke the cold streak with goals at 7:17 and :24 in the fourth, but fortunately for Brown, Woods caught fire on consecutive tallies to power a four-goal fourth quarter that lifted the Bears to a 13-5 final score.

Brown returns to the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center for the first time since Feb. 2 when the Bears host Ivy League rival Harvard on April 2.