March 15, 2007
Cambridge, MA - In an impressive defensive performance, the Brown women's water polo team (6-2, 1-1 CWPA) defeated Harvard (4-6, 0-2), 8-3, picking up its first Northern Division win of the season. After allowing the Crimson to score the games first goal on a six-on-five 1:25 into the game, the Bears held their hosts scoreless until there was 5:35 remaining in the fourth quarter and put the game away with five goals in the third quarter.
After the Crimson scored first, senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) ended what would be Harvard's only lead of the game with 1:29 remaining in the first quarter. The score remained tied until freshman leading scorer Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) scored the lone goal of the second quarter with 1:11 remaining, giving the Bears a 2-1 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Bears finally broke away. Freshman Lauren Presant (Poway, CA), who had a team-high three steals, drew a penalty shot at 6:44, which Glick put away to start the scoring. Head Coach Jason Gall called a timeout after a Harvard ejection at 4:55, leading to Glick's third goal 20 seconds later. Fahey scored her second goal at 3:10, and senior Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) scored twice in the final three minutes for a 7-1 Brown lead. Harvard got two back in the fourth quarter before junior Ally Wyatt (Ypsilanti, MI) finished the scoring with her first goal of the season.
In the cage, freshman Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) made 11 saves. Balassone also drew two ejections to go with her two goals.
This weekend, the Bears will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for some tough competition at the Wolverine Invitational. In addition to facing host #17 Michigan, Bruno will square off with #11 Loyola Marymount and Indiana, which, like Brown, finished just outside the most recent Top 20 poll with two votes. The team begins its tournament schedule against Slippery Rock on Friday at 5 p.m.