April 11, 2009

Lauren Presant's Fourth Quarter Goal Lifts Brown to 7-6 Win Against Harvard

April 11, 2009

Norton, MA - Junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) tallied her second goal of the game with just 1:55 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Brown women's water polo team (18-12) a one-goal advantage over the Harvard Crimson (9-11) and a 7-6 victory at Balfour Natatorium this afternoon.

The Bears gained a 3-1 lead over the Crimson during the first eight minutes of play, after junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) started off Brown's scoring just 45 seconds into the game. But Harvard's Monica Zdrojewski tied it 1-1 at the 6:44 mark. Glick then scored another with 3:49 left followed by a goal by sophomore Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA) to head into the second quarter.

Bruno increased its lead to 5-1 after goals by Presant and Glick, but the Crimson's Zdrojewski cut the deficit to three, 5-2, with 39 seconds left in the half. Harvard's defense kept the Bears scoreless in the third quarter, as the Crimson tallied two goals to come within one. Harvard almost tied it up with just under two minutes to go, but Devan Kennifer's shot hit the post. Another scoring opportunity presented itself for the feisty Crimson, but Glick put an end to it with a big steal.

It was an intense battle in the fourth quarter, but sophomore Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) came up with a big goal for the Bears to go ahead 6-4 at the 6:07 mark. The Crimson then went on to score back-to-back goals from Lizzie Abbott and Kennifer to tie the game 6-6, but sophomore Katherine Stanton (Danville, CA) nailed one past goalkeeper Nicole Perlman to take the lead. Harvard wasn't going to go down without a fight, and it was Brown's outstanding defense down the stretch kept the Crimson off the scoreboard. Stanton had a big defensive stop with 1:15 remaining in play, as junior goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) recorded 10 saves to lead the defense.

Glick tallied a hat-trick in today's win to lead Brown in scoring, and also recorded two steals and two ejections. Presant posted two goals, two steals, two ejections and an assist, while both Wohlmuth and Bullwinkel added a goal apiece. Wohlmuth also chipped in with three steals, an assist and two ejections.