March 25, 2007
San Diego, CA - On the second day of the Aztec Invitational, the 19th-ranked Brown women's water polo team (12-4) picked up a pair of close victories, beating Pomona-Pitzer in overtime, 8-7, then topping Cal State Bakersfield, 9-7.
In the morning game with Pomona, it took a goal with 15 seconds left by freshman Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) to force overtime. The Bears spotted the Sagehens a three-goal lead in the first quarter before junior Alexis Blaxberg (Pinecrest, FL) scored the Bears' first goal with 3:15 remaining in the quarter. Freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) scored twice and seniors Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) and Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA) scored one goal apiece in the next two quarters to tie the game, 5-5. Pomona took a 6-5 lead before Presant's strike sent the game into OT. Seniors and Balassone each scored once in the first overtime, and the Bears were able to hold on despite a Pomona goal in the second overtime period.
Blaxberg added three steals and two ejections to her two goals. Junior Emily Schwartz (Miami Beach, FL) matched her three steals, while senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) added two of her own. Glick had two assists to go with her pair of goals. Freshman Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) stopped six shots in the cage.
The afternoon had the Bears squaring off with Cal State Bakersfield, which was ranked 18th or 19th from Feb. 6th until the most recent national poll. The Roadrunners struck first, but goals by Presant, junior Ally Wyatt (Ypsilanti, MI), and Fahey go the Bears a 3-1 lead that would prove to be the difference, as the teams scored two goals apiece in the next three quarters. Balassone scored 30 seconds into the final quarter to make it 8-5 Brown, but Bakersfield scored twice to make it a one-goal game for the first time since early in the second quarter. However, Wyatt scored her second goal with 45 seconds remaining for the final 9-7 score.
Presant finished with a team-high three goals, followed by Balassone and Wyatt with two apiece. Balassone also had a team-high four ejections drawn, while Wyatt dished out two assists and drew two ejections. Laing blocked nine shots, throwing in an assist as well. Fahey and senior Claire Angyal (Mosman, Australia) each had one goal.
Tuesday will see the Bears playing two more games. At 10 a.m. Pacific time, they'll get a rematch with California Baptist, the team that upset them at the Wolverine Invitational last weekend, 6-5. That tilt will be followed with a game at 15th-ranked Long Beach State, the first of three games against ranked opponents for Brown.