March 1, 2008

Bears Lose Two on First Day of Elite Six Tournament

March 1, 2008

College Park, MD - At day one of competition at the inaugural Elite Six Tournament at the University of Maryland on Saturday, the Brown women's water polo team (1-5) dropped a pair of games to #20 Indiana (6-7), 14-8, and #18 Princeton (7-3), 10-9 in overtime. Sophomore Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) led the Bears with three goals in each game.

Against the Tigers in the nightcap, The Bears went down 4-1 midway through the second period. However, a goal by Presant with 29 seconds left in the half gave the Bears some momentum, and two goals by sophomore Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) and another by Presant gave the team a 5-4 lead at 4:52 of the third. Princeton got a pair of goals to retake the lead, but freshman Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) and Glick scored before the end of the quarter to take a 7-6 lead for Brown.

Glick and Presant scored goals to give Brown a 9-6 lead at 4:04 in the fourth, but Princeton cut the lead to two at 3:25. That lead held for the Bears until the final half minute, when the Tigers scored with 30 and 16 seconds remaining to tie the game and send it to overtime. No goals were scored in the first overtime, but Princeton's Lauren Sabb scored her fourth of the game with 25 seconds left in the second extra frame to give the Tigers a 10-9 win.

Sophomore goaltender Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) made 11 saves in the narrow loss, a season high.

The Bears' game against the Hoosiers earlier in the day was tight throughout the first half, with neither team taking a lead of more than two en route to an 8-6 halftime lead for Indiana. However, The Hoosiers outscored Brown 3-1 in each of the final two periods to take the 14-8 victory. Presant's three goals led Brown in the game, followed by senior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL) and junior Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) with a pair of markers each.

On Sunday, the Bears will take on #12 Michigan and host Maryland on the second day of the tournament, which brings together the top two teams from each of the CWPA's three divisions. Brown will be looking for revenge against the Terrapins, who took a close 10-8 win over the Bears earlier in the year at the UCSD Triton Invitational.

Brown 2 4 1 1 - 8
#20 Indiana 3 5 3 3 - 14
Goals - Presant 3, Blaxberg 2, R. Stanton 2, Schwartz
Saves - Laing 5

Brown 1 1 5 2 0 0 - 9
#18 Princeton 3 1 2 3 0 1 - 10
Goals - Glick 4, Presant 3, Blaxberg, Wohlmuth
Saves - Laing 11