DAVIS, Calif. – Brown University women's water polo concluded play at the 36th Davis Shootout Tournament on Sunday at the Schaal Aquatics Center, dropping a 10-5 decision to No. 24 CSU Bakersfield and a 17-0 decision to No. 4 Stanford.
Playing a pair of ranked opponents for the second straight day – and facing a top-5 team for the third time at the invitational – the Bears (1-10) fell to the Roadrunners (4-8) in the morning and to the back-to-back defending NCAA Champion Cardinal (9-1) in the afternoon on the campus of UC Davis.
The Bears and head coach Felix Mercado have challenged themselves in their early non-conference schedule, playing against eight ranked opponents in their last nine contests. The team has played six straight top-25 foes and has faced four top-5 opponents during the nine-game streak.
Next, Brown competes at the Hartwick Invitational from Feb. 27-28. On Saturday, Feb. 27, the Bears will play CAMO Montreal (12:30 p.m., exhibition), St. Francis Brooklyn (3:30 p.m.), and No. 10 Hartwick (7:30 p.m., CWPA opener). The team will face Mercyhurst on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 10:15 a.m.
Game 1: No. 24 CSU Bakersfield 10, Brown 5
Brown held a lead in the first quarter and remained within two goals through three quarters before No. 24 CSU Bakersfield emerged with a 10-5 decision on Sunday morning in the Bears' third game at the Davis Shootout.
Senior Olivia Santiago (Los Altos, Calif.), and a quartet of freshmen – Maigrie McDougal (Sacramento, Calif.), McKenna Miller (Danville, Calif.), Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.), and Allison Woo (Arcadia, Calif.) – each scored one goal apiece.
Santiago drew a team-high four ejections and added a steal while McDougal and Miller each dished out one assist. Freshman Montana Fowler (Santa Cruz, Calif.) tacked on an assist of her own.
In the cage, sophomore goalie Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) made 10 saves, including a stop on a 5-meter penalty shot. Sophomore net-minder Emily Adams (Mission Viejo, Calif.) turned aside two shots in the fourth quarter.
Junior Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) registered a team-high four steals to go with an assist, and Miller chipped in two steals.
Miller netted the game's opening goal just over two minutes into the contest, and Woo gave the Bears a 2-1 lead with 1:55 to go in the first. The two teams stood tied at 2-2 through one period. CSUB scored twice in the second stanza to take a 4-2 edge at halftime.
The Bears kept within two goals at 5-3 at the end of the third quarter as Santiago netted a goal with 1:17 to play in the frame.
The Roadrunners pulled ahead 8-3 in the fourth before Rosas and McDougal scored back-to-back markers to cut Brown's deficit to 8-5 with 2:19 remaining. CSUB held off the rally with a pair of tallies to close the game.
CSU Bakersfield 10, Brown 5
CSU Bakersfield..... 2…2…1…5…10
Brown Goals: McDougal, Miller, Rosas, Santiago, Woo.
Brown Saves: Dakan 10, Adams 2.
Game 2: No. 4 Stanford 17, Brown 0
Brown fell to back-to-back defending NCAA national champions No. 4 Stanford, 17-0, in its fourth and final game at the Davis Shootout on Sunday afternoon.
Kolokotronis totaled three ejections drawn and two steals while Santiago charted an ejection drawn, a field block, and a steal. Sophomore Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.) picked up a team-high three steals.
In goal, Adams made six saves in the second half, and Dakan had three saves in the first 16 minutes.
Stanford, winners of four of the last five national titles, built a 7-0 lead after the first quarter and moved ahead 11-0 at the half. The Cardinal added four goals in the third quarter and tacked on two tallies in the final frame.
Stanford 17, Brown 0
Brown Goals: N/A.
Brown Saves: Adams 6, Dakan 3.