Women’s Water Polo Trumps Connecticut College, 12-2, to Advance to CWPA Fifth Place Game

Women’s Water Polo Trumps Connecticut College, 12-2, to Advance to CWPA Fifth Place Game

Courtesy of Collegiate Water Polo Association Communications

Conn College  1  1  0  0  -  2
Brown             4  4  4  0  -  12

Rosen 5, Crowley 2, Woods 1, McNamara 1, Dodd 1, Zak 1
Saves: Shin 7

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Liz Rosen (Jr., San Anselmo, Calif./St. Ignatius) posted five goals, including pairs in the first and second quarters, to claim Player of the Game honors as Brown University toppled Division III No. 9-ranked Connecticut College, 12-2, to reach the Fifth Place game of the 2014 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium.

In the third meeting of the year between the two programs following 15-12 and 14-9 victories by the Bears (19-16, 5-3 Southern Division) in regular season competition, Brown wasted little time in placing the Camels in another hole to claim the largest margin of victory in the 2014 series.

Shannon Crowley (Fr., Seal Beach, Calif./Los Alamitos) opened the scoring by sweeping in a shot with 6:34 left in the first quarter prior to Rosen posting back-to-back tallies at 5:54 and 3:05, respectively, to make it 3-0.

Connecticut (15-9, 14-1 CWPA Division III) cut its deficit down by a third at 2:44 as 2013 and 2014 CWPA Division III Player of the Year Nicky Jasbon (Jr., Greenacres, Fla./Saint Andrews) ripped in a five-meter penalty shot with 2:44 on the clock following a call against Brown's Sarah Presant (Sr., Poway, Calif./Bishops School) to make it 3-1.

However, the Bears roared back in a big way by tacking on an advantage score by Emily McNamara (Sr., Winters, Calif./St. Francis) 2:10 prior to the period's concluding horn to return the lead to three at 4-1 after eight minutes of action.

Brown continued to pour on the offense in the opening moments of the second quarter as Crowley converted on a six-on-five chance with 7:26 on the clock.  Kate Jacobson (Jr., Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) answered for the Camels with a man-up tally of her own with 6:50 left in the first half, but the Bears reeled off a 3-0 run to the break to carry an 8-2 lead into halftime.

Rosen started the run by completing a hat-trick with a man-up tally at the 6:27 mark before tacking on her fourth score with both teams at even-strength and 4:32 on the clock to make it 7-2.  Rebecca Zak (Jr., Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) polished off the first half scoring by spiraling in a man-up goal at the 2:35 mark.

The game was all Brown from there as Olivia Santiago (So., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos), Rosen, Emma Dodd (So., Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena) and Kate Woods (Sr., La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) put in even-strength strikes at the 5:01, 3:52, 2:55 and 1:10 marks of the third quarter to account for a 4-0 run in the frame to make it 12-2.

Neither the Bears nor the Camels were able to put away another shot in the fourth quarter as Brown rolled to a 10-goal victory.

In the cage, Sarah Shin (Sr., Fullerton, Calif./Sunny Hills) earned the win with seven stops in 24 minutes before being relieved for the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter by Raquel Louis (Sr., Wellington, Fla./Royal Palm)Ashley Amey (So., Napa, Calif./Napa) took the loss for Connecticut with 10 saves.

Courtesy the win, Brown advances to the Fifth Place game at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, against the victor of a consolation game pitting Harvard University-vs.-the host Bison of Bucknell.  The Bears are 1-1 against Bucknell this year (7-6 L, 12-9 W) and 1-0 versus Harvard (13-9 W) as all three teams are members of the CWPA Southern Division. The game will mark the seventh appearance by the Bears in the Fifth Place game as the team previously placed first (2001), second (2003), fourth (2004, 2009, 2012), fifth (2000, 2007, 2008, 2013), sixth (2002, 2010), seventh (2005) and ninth (2011) in its previous trips to the league championship tournament.

Connecticut, which advanced to the CWPA Championship field by claiming the league's Division III Championship two weeks ago at Macalester College with a 7-3 defeat of Division III No. 10-ranked Washington & Jefferson College, will compete in the Seventh Place contest at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday against the loser of the Bucknell-Harvard game.

For Connecticut, a match-up against either Harvard or Bucknell will mark the first meeting for the Camels against either the Crimson or Bison this year.