April 24, 2005

Women's Water Polo Gets Two Wins In Opening Day Of Northern Championship

April 23, 2005

New London, CT - Behind senior Diana Livermore's (Menlo Park, CA) nine goals the Bears (13-10) went 2-0, in the opening day of the Northern Championships at Connecticut College, cruising past Utica 15-1 and Harvard 12-8.

The Bears opened up the day, facing Utica. Livermore lead the Bears with six goals in the match, while sophomores Claire Angyal (Sydney, AUS) and Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) each netted two goals in the victory. Rounding out the scoring for Brown was sophomores Caitlin Fahey (Seattle, WA) and Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA) and freshmen Alexis Blaxberg (Miami, FL), Emily Schwartz (Miami, FL) and Ally Wyatt (Ann Arbor, MI) each recording a goal. Wyatt and Lansing also helped out defensively tallying four and three steals. In net for the Bears freshman Anne Deggelman (Menlo Park, CA) recorded eight blocks to keep Utica from gaining any momentum offensively.

In their second match of the day, the Bears took on the Crimson, who have beat Brown three out of the four times the two squads have met this season. The Bears struck 0:17 into the game when Balassone netted her first of two goals in the match to give the Bears an early lead. Harvard came firing back, tying the score a short time later, but Livermore netted her first of three goals to put Brown up 2-1. The match was a see-saw battle until just before halftime, when Wyatt scored her first goal of the game, giving the Bears a 5-3 lead going into the break. Brown ran away with the game in the fourth quarter scoring four goals for a 9-6 lead. Wyatt finished the match-up with three goals, three assists, four steals and drew two ejections. Also getting three goals was sophomore Karlyanna Kopra (Kamuela, HI) while Blaxberg recorded a goal in the victory. Deggelman posted four blocks in net for Brown.

The Bears will return to the pool Sunday, April 24 when they take on host Connecticut College at 10:45 AM.