PROVIDENCE, R.I. – No. 25 Brown University women's water polo remained within one goal in the fourth quarter in both games but fell to Iona College, 9-8, and No. 24 Marist College, 11-8, on day two of the Bruno Classic on Saturday at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.
The host Bears (1-3) pulled within one goal twice in the fourth quarter against the Gaels (1-3) in their first game of the day before keeping a one-goal margin against the Red Foxes (1-7) with under three minutes to play in their second game of the day.
Senior Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.), juniors Maigrie McDougal (Sacramento, Calif.) and Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.), and sophomore Lexi Atwell (La Jolla, Calif.) each scored three goals on the day. Between the two games, senior goalie Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) totaled 13 saves.
Next, Brown concludes play at the Bruno Classic on Sunday vs. Villanova (8:30 a.m.) and No. 13 San Diego State (1:30 p.m.).
Game 1 – Iona 9, No 25 Brown 8
The Bears and Gaels stood tied, 6-6, at the half, and Brown pulled within one goal twice in the fourth quarter before the visitors held on for the win.
Junior McKenna Miller (Danville, Calif.) posted a goal, three steals, and two ejections drawn while senior Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.) notched a goal and two ejections drawn. Junior Maigrie McDougal (Sacramento, Calif.) and freshman Alli Schaum (San Rafael, Calif.) each netted a goal, and Rosas came up with three steals.
In the cage, senior net-minder Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) stopped seven shots.
After Iona scored the game's first goal, Brown responded with a 3-0 run to take a 3-1 lead at the 5:23 mark of the first quarter. Rosas, Atwell, and Miller supplied the offense during the streak. The Gaels responded, tying the score at 3-3, before a goal from Atwell gave Brown a 4-3 lead at the end of one.
Following an Iona tally, Rosas and Heilman each found the back of the net to stake Brown to a 6-4 edge. The Gaels rallied to knot the score at 6-6 at the break. Iona scored the only two goals of the third quarter, completing a 4-0 run and taking an 8-6 advantage into the final frame.
Schaum cut the deficit to 8-7 with 6:24 remaining, and McDougal trimmed the margin to 9-8 with 34 seconds left, but Brown could not find an equalizer.
Iona 9, Brown 8
Brown Goals: Atwell 2, Rosas 2, Heilman, McDougal, Miller, Schaum.
Brown Saves: Dakan 7.
Game 2 – No. 24 Marist 11, No. 25 Brown 8
Senior Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.) and junior Maigrie McDougal (Sacramento, Calif.) each scored twice, yet No. 25 Brown dropped an 11-8 decision to No. 24 Marist in its second game of the day on Saturday evening.
The Bears led 8-7 with under a minute to go in the third quarter and faced just a one-goal deficit at 9-8 with less than three minutes to play prior to the Red Foxes securing the victory.
Sophomore Lexi Atwell (La Jolla, Calif.) tallied a goal and four steals while Heilman contributed three steals and two ejections drawn alongside her two goals. Freshman Kaitlyn Cook (Los Gatos, Calif.) contributed a goal, two assists, and two ejections drawn.
Junior Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.) and freshman Carissa Perez (Pico Rivera, Calif.) netted one goal apiece while junior McKenna Miller (Danville, Calif.) registered two steals and three ejections drawn.
Backstopping the Bears, senior goalkeeper Marisol Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) turned aside six shots.
After Marist opened the contest with a 2-0 lead, Cook scored with one second left in the first quarter to make the score 2-1.
The second quarter witnessed nine goals with the Bears taking the frame 5-4. McDougal and Atwell scored consecutive goals to open the stanza, giving Brown a 3-2 lead. Markers from Perez and Heilman helped the hosts gain a 5-4 advantage with 3:30 to go until halftime. After Marist pulled ahead 6-5, a goal from McDougal with four seconds on the clock drew Brown level at 6-6 at the intermission.
Rosas and Heilman scored in between tallies for Marist as the two teams stood tied at 8-8 at the end of the third quarter. The Red Foxes took a 9-8 lead with 7:01 to go and scored at the 2:01 and 1:05 marks of the fourth quarter to seal the result.
Marist 11, Brown 8
Brown Goals: Heilman 2, McDougal 2, Atwell, Cook, Perez, Rosas.
Brown Saves: Dakan 6.