PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's water polo defeated Saint Francis University (Pa.), 9-3, after falling to No. 18 Hartwick College, 15-12, in a pair of CWPA games on the final day of the regular season at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.
Closing out their Collegiate Water Polo Association regular season slate, the Bears (19-8, 3-5 CWPA) topped the Red Flash (10-19, 0-8 CWPA) in their regular season finale following a setback to the nationally ranked Hawks (22-9, 6-2 CWPA) in their opener for the day.
The Bears earned the No. 6 seed for the CWPA Championship and will face No. 3 seed Hartwick in the quarterfinals on Friday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. at Indiana University's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center in Bloomington, Ind.
Between Saturday's two games, senior Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) led the Bears with six goals while sophomore Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.) and freshman Lexi Atwell (La Jolla, Calif.) each netted five goals. Junior goalkeeper Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) totaled 20 saves on the day.
Prior to the St. Francis game, the Bears honored Kolokotronis and fellow senior Shannon Crowley (Seal Beach, Calif.) for their hard work and dedication to the program over the last four years.
Game 1 – No. 18 Hartwick 15, Brown 12
Sophomore Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.) scored four goals, but Brown fell to No. 18 Hartwick, 15-12, in its first game of the day on Saturday morning.
The Bears pulled within 10-7 in the third quarter following a 6-1 run from the Hawks spanning the second and third frames but could not trim the deficit below three goals the rest of the way.
Junior Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.) netted three goals with four drawn ejections, senior Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied two goals and three steals, and freshman Lexi Atwell (La Jolla, Calif.) notched two goals.
The Bears opened the game with a 2-0 lead behind goals from Kolokotronis and Rosas before Hartwick tied the score at 2-2. Another goal from Kolotronis kept it knotted at 3-3 after the first quarter.
An equalizing goal from Atwell made it 4-4 before the Hawks used a 3-0 run to pull ahead 7-4. A goal from Flower kept the Bears within 8-5 at halftime.
The visitors posted the first two goals of the second half to gain a 10-5 edge before back-to-back goals from Rosas and Heilman trimmed the margin to 10-7. Despite another tally from Heilman, Brown trailed 13-8 heading to the final frame.
Heilman initiated the fourth quarter's scoring prior to Hartwick moving ahead 15-9. Rosas netted consecutive goals, and Atwell notched her second goal of the game to close the contest's scoring.
Hartwick 15, Brown 12
Brown Goals: Rosas 4, Heilman 3, Atwell 2, Kolokotronis 2, Flower.
Brown Saves: Dakan 8, Burns 2.
Game 2 – Brown 9, St. Francis (Pa.) 3
Senior Marisa Kolokotronis (Sacramento, Calif.) scored a game-high four goals, and junior goalie Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) made 12 saves as Brown topped St. Francis (Pa.), 9-3, in its regular season finale on Saturday evening.
In their second game of the day, the Bears opened the game with a 5-1 lead and outscored the visiting Red Flash, 4-1, in the second half en route to the win.
Freshman Lexi Atwell (La Jolla, Calif.) netted three goals with three steals while sophomore Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.) posted a goal and two steals. Junior Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.) tacked on a goal.
Sophomore Maigrie McDougal (Sacramento, Calif.) logged two assists and two steals while Kolokotronis drew three ejections.
Dakan stopped 12 of the Red Flash's 15 shots on goal, compiling a .800 save percentage for the game.
The Bears took a 2-0 lead after the first quarter as Atwell scored from the perimeter just 13 seconds into the contest and Kolokotronis converted her first of the contest from the left wing.
The hosts moved ahead 3-0 early in the second quarter behind Atwell's second goal of the game before St. Francis pulled within 3-1. Brown responded with back-to-back goals as Rosas scored from 2-meters and Kolokotronis found the back of the net from straight on to keep the Bears ahead 5-1.
Entering the second half with a 5-2 advantage, Atwell gave Brown a 6-2 lead off a feed from McDougal, and Kolokotronis extended the edge to 7-2 with a power play goal. St Francis trimmed its deficit to 7-3 heading to the fourth frame.
The Bears' defense blanked the Red Flash in the final stanza while Heilman scored on a lob shot, and Kolokotronis converted on a turnaround look to provide the hosts with insurance.
Brown 9, St. Francis 3
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Brown Goals: Kolokotronis 4, Atwell 3, Heilman, Rosas.
Brown Saves: Dakan 12.