#18 Brown Places Second at Northern Division Championship

#18 Brown Places Second at Northern Division Championship

April 22, 2007

New London, CT - Facing a pair of familiar foes on the second day of the Northern Division Championship at Connecticut College, the 18th-ranked Brown women's water polo team (21-9) got familiar results against each. Facing Harvard for the fourth time this season in the semifinal of the tournament, the Bears picked up their fourth win of the year against the Crimson, 10-1, guaranteeing them a spot in the Eastern Championship next weekend. However, in the championship game, the Bears lost to #12 Hartwick for the third time this season, as the Hawks scored seven unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes to pull away in a 18-6 win.

The Bears held the Crimson scoreless for the first 19:35 of the game, slowly building a lead. Seniors Elizabeth Balassone (Los Alamitos, CA) and Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA), junior Ally Wyatt (Ypsilanti, MI), and freshman Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) had two goals apiece, while senior Claire Angyal (Mosman, Australia) and freshman Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) added one each. Lansing added three steals, while Balassone had two steals and a drawn ejection. Freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) made eight saves in the win, also dishing out two assists.

Coming back in the afternoon to face Hartwick, the Bears were able to stay with their rivals for most of the game. After a Hartwick goal at 6:15 in the first quarter, the Bears answered back 32 seconds later, when Presant scored on a 6-on-5. The Hawks got four more goals to close out the quarter, but Glick opened the scoring in the second quarter 21 seconds into the frame. Presant got her second goal of the game 50 seconds later on another 6-on-5 to make it 5-3, but the Hawks again pulled away, scoring three times before the half to go up 8-3.

Brown made another run to start the third quarter. Junior Emily Schwartz (Miami Beach, FL) scored 25 seconds into the period, and senior Caitlin Fahey (Bellevue, WA) cut the lead to three at 3:57. However, Hartwick scored 10 of the next 11 goals to pull away and win.

Glick led the Bears with two assists and three ejections drawn, while Fahey had four steals. Laing made five saves in the cage.

Next weekend, the Bears will travel to Princeton for the Eastern Championships. Along with Hartwick, Brown could face ranked opponents in #16 Princeton and #19 Michigan.