Women’s Water Polo Gears Up for CWPA Championship on Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown women's water polo team seeks a bid to the NCAA Championship when the fifth-seeded Bears head to Bucknell this weekend for the 2014 Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship. Brown opens the tournament against fourth-seeded Michigan on Friday at 12 p.m.


LIVE VIDEO

The CWPA will stream the 2014 CWPA Championship live from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. on Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.

Fans can access the stream by CLICKING HERE. The cost of viewership is $10 per game, or $25 for the weekend tournament package that includes all the contested games. In addition, fans can access the stream for up to one year following the conclusion of the tournament.


LAST TIME OUT

For the third year in a row, Brown made a run at the CWPA Southern Division Championship and took second place, falling to top-seeded Princeton by a score of 11-4 at Blodgett Pool on April 13. The Bears gained a spot in the title game with a 14-5 opening round win over Mercyhurst and a 12-9 victory over second-seeded Bucknell.

Senior Kate Woods (La Jolla, Calif.) scored a team-high two goals and grabbed two steals, while freshman Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) and senior Sarah Presant (Poway, Calif.) tallied a goal and a steal each. Senior goalie Sarah Shin (Fullerton, Calif.) stopped seven shots against the Tigers.

SCOUTING THE CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD

This year's CWPA Championship features top-seed No. 13 Indiana (19-5), second-seed No. 9 Princeton (29-1), third-seed No. 16 Hartwick (20-12), fourth-seed Michigan (19-12), fifth-seed Brown (18-15), sixth-seed Bucknell (12-12), seventh-seed Harvard (14-18) and eighth-seed Connecticut College (15-7).

The Bears are 4-6 against the championship field this season with a pair of wins over Connecticut College, a regular-season victory versus Harvard and a CWPA Southern Division postseason triumph against Bucknell. Brown opened the season with a 17-6 loss against the top-seeded Hoosiers at the Brown Invitational and has fallen to Hartwick twice (17-10 on Feb. 22 and 14-10 on Mar. 9). The Bears unleashed a 13-9 decision against Harvard at home on Apr. 2 before falling to the Southern Division juggernaut Tigers on Apr. 5, 11-6. Brown surrendered a narrow 7-6 decision at Bucknell in regular season action on Apr. 6 but got revenge in the playoffs, prevailing 12-9 over the Bison to earn a trip to the CWPA Southern Division Championship game for the third straight season.

SENIOR STRENGTH

Brown's deep senior class has propelled the team to success so far this season as fourth-years account for 50 percent of goals scored by the Bears. Woods, Brown's all-time leading point getter and most effective player on either side of the pool, leads the team in goals (74), steals (86) and assists (52). Emily McNamara (Winters, Calif.) sits second on the squad in goals (46) and has put Brown on the power play time and again with a team-best 70 draw ejections. Shin has made 201 saves for a .396 save percentage, while Presant has been steady with 28 goals, 42 steals and 18 assists.

ROOKIE SENSATIONS

Freshmen Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) and Kolokotronis have made an immediate splash for the Bears, collectively scoring 65 goals, grabbing 87 steals and earning a combined four CWPA weekly awards.  

Crowley, who doubled up as CWPA Rookie and Defensive Player of the Week on February 4, is tied for third on the team with 41 goals, ranks second with 54 steals and has distributed 33 assists. In her collegiate debut, she recorded eight goals, nine assists, eight steals and five draw ejections during Brown's 2-3 showing at the season-opening Brown Invitational. She tossed in five goals in a 15-12 win over Connecticut College on March 12 and wrangled five steals in a 9-8 overtime victory against Whittier on March 27.

Kolokotronis has earned CWPA Rookie of the Week twice this season, first on March 4 for her three-goal, two-steal effort in a dramatic 15-14 double overtime triumph at George Washington on March 1. She then captured the same honors on March 25 after recording six goals in five games to lift the Bears to a 3-2 mark during the first weekend of California action. Kolokotronis has amassed 24 goals, 33 steals and 20 assists during her rookie campaign.


Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

Friday, April 25, 2014



Game No.

10:30

1st Seed -
Indiana University

vs.

8th Seed -
Connecticut College

1

Noon

4th Seed -
University of Michigan

vs.

5th Seed -
Brown University

2

1:30

2nd Seed -
Princeton University

vs.

7th Seed -
Harvard University

3

3:00

6th Seed -
Bucknell University

vs.

3rd Seed -
Hartwick College

4

 




Saturday, April 26, 2014



Game No.

1:30

Loser Game 2 

vs.

Loser Game 1

5

3:00

Loser Game 4

vs.

Loser Game 3

6

4:30

Winner Game 1

vs.

Winner Game 2

7

6:00

Winner Game 3

vs.

Winner Game 4

8

 




Sunday, April 27, 2014



Game No.

9:00

Loser Game 6

vs.

Loser Game 5

Seventh Place

10:30

Winner Game 5

vs.

Winner Game 6

Fifth Place

Noon

Loser Game 8

vs.

Loser Game 7

Third Place

1:30

Winner Game 7

vs.

Winner Game 8

First Place

 




Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host team always wears dark caps and is listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.