Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 9 Princeton, Defeats Mercyhurst at Bucknell

Women’s Water Polo Falls to No. 9 Princeton, Defeats Mercyhurst at Bucknell

Princeton       6  2  2  1  -  11
Brown            3  0  1  2  -  6           

Crowley 2, Woods 2, Presant 1, Westerman 1

Mercyhurst    2  2  0  2  -  6
Brown            6  3  1  4  -  14

McNamara 3, Rosen 3, Santiago 3, Woods 3, Crowley 1, Pierotti 1


LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Brown women's water polo team split a pair of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division contests at Kinney Natatorium on Saturday, falling to No. 9 Princeton, 11-6, and topping Mercyhurst, 14-6. The Bears move to 15-13 overall and 3-1 in the CWPA South heading into their final day of CWPA regular season action.

Senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) scored five goals over two games to lead the Brown attack. Senior Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.), junior Liz Rosen (San Anselmo, Calif.), sophomore Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.) and freshman Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) all totaled three goals as the Bears matched their second-highest goal total of the season with the 14-goal effort in the nightcap.

The Bears opened with three goals in the first quarter against the Tigers, but unfortunately for Brown, Princeton attacked for six scores to go up 6-3 after eight minutes of play. After getting shut out in the second, Crowley mustered the only Brown goal in the third as Princeton shifted ahead 10-4 heading into the final frame. Senior Brittany Westerman (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Woods helped the Bears outscore the opposition 2-1 in the fourth but the Tigers held on to prevail 11-6.

Brown rebounded with a 14-goal outburst against the Lakers, powered by hat tricks from McNamara, Rosen, Santiago and Woods. A six-spot in the first put the Bears up 6-2 as Brown scored four unanswered tallies in under four minutes. The Bears reached the nine-goal mark with 2:28 left in the second on Rosen's second goal of the game and Santiago put the squad in double digits with a strike at 5:15 in the third. Already clutching a 10-4 lead, Brown unleashed four more goals in the fourth, including the respective third scores of the game by McNamara, Woods and Santiago.

The Bears wrap up CWPA South play tomorrow when they take on Bucknell at 11:30 a.m.