PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior goalkeeper Marisol Dakan made 15 saves, but Brown University women's water polo dropped an 8-7 decision to George Washington University on Sunday afternoon at Princeton University's DeNunzio Pool.
In their regular season finale, the Bears (15-16, 3-5 CWPA) led 4-2 late in the second quarter before the Colonials (13-13, 3-5 CWPA) used a 6-1 run to gain an 8-5 edge with 4:40 left and held off a late charge to take the victory in Collegiate Water Polo Association play.
Brown earned the No. 7 seed for the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship and will face No. 2 seed Michigan in the quarterfinals on Friday, Apr. 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa.
Junior McKenna Miller (Danville, Calif.) posted two goals, an assist, and six ejections drawn while fellow junior Carmen Rosas (Schaumburg, Ill.) tallied two goals, an assist, and two steals. Senior Jessica Heilman (Menlo Park, Calif.), junior Maigrie McDougal (Sacramento, Calif.), and sophomore Lexi Atwell (La Jolla, Calif.) each netted one goal.
Dakan (Pasadena, Calif.) registered double-figure saves for the third time in her last four games.
The Bears claimed a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter as Miller and Rosas each converted a goal. After GW tied the score at 2-2 in the second quarter, Atwell and McDougal notched back-to-back goals to give Brown a 4-2 advantage. The Colonials scored with one second left in the half to pull within 4-3 at the intermission.
The Colonials recorded the first three goals of the third quarter, completing a 4-0 run and grabbing a 6-4 lead with 4:00 left in the stanza. A goal from Heilman stopped the run before GW went ahead 7-5 at the end of the third.
George Washington scored to start the fourth quarter, capping a 6-1 stretch and extending its lead to 8-5 with 4:40 remaining. Miller cut the deficit to 8-6 with 3:53 to go, and Rosas trimmed the margin to 8-7 with two seconds on the clock.
Before competing at the CWPA Championship, Brown will host a trio of exhibitions welcoming the Puerto Rico National Team for contests on Friday, Apr. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Apr. 21 at 10:45 a.m. and entertaining the New York Athletic Club on Apr. 21 at 2:30 p.m.
George Washington 8, Brown 7
G. Washington........ 1…2…4…1…8
Brown Goals: Miller 2, Rosas 2, Atwell, Heilman, McDougal.
Brown Saves: Dakan 15.