Water Polo Defeats Villanova, 12-2, at Princeton Invitational

Feb. 22, 2009

Princeton, NJ - Junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) and junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) tallied three goals apiece to help lead the Brown women's water polo team to a 12-2 victory over Villanova this afternoon. The Bears battled with the Princeton Tigers later in the afternoon, but dropped a heart-breaking 11-9 overtime loss.

Against Villanova, the Bears jumped out to an 8-0 lead with the help of Glick and Presant's team-high three goals. The Wildcats notched a goal in each the third and fourth quarters, but the hot-shooting Bears scored four more in the second half to earn a 12-2 victory. "We had an overall successful weekend," said Head Coach Felix Mercado. "We did some great things and saw some areas that we need to improve upon. But overall I was satisfied."

Glick's three goals, two assists and two ejections drawn led the potent Bruno offense, while sophomore Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA) and sophomore Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) each tallied two goals in the win. Freshman Samantha Ryu and Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) each registered one.

Junior Stephanie Laing picked up five saves, while rookie goalkeeper Misa Scharfen (Santa Rosa, CA) picked up four.

Against the tough Tigers of Princeton, the Bears jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals by Presant and Glick, but Princeton stormed back with the next three goals. The Tigers were able to extend its lead to 7-4 late in the third quarter before Bruno came back to tie the game at eight with a power-play goal by Bullwinkel in the fourth quarter. Princeton then gained a 9-8 lead with just 10 seconds left, only to see Glick tie it up at nine with a cross caged bar in shot with two seconds left. Unfortunately, the Tigers scored the only two goals in overtime for the final margin of 11-9.

Glick led the offense with four goals, followed by Bullwinkel with two, Kwoka, Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) and Presant with one each. Laing turned in a solid performance in the net, recording 12 saves.