Water Polo Sinks Indiana in First Day of Eastern Championship

April 24, 2009

Cambridge, MA - Freshman Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) notched three goals and senior Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) handed out three assists to help the No.19 Brown women's water polo team earn an 8-7 victory over No. 16 Indiana University on Friday afternoon at Blodgett Pool. The win puts the fifth seed Bears into a semifinal matchup against No. 14 ranked and top seed Hartwick College at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, while the Hoosiers will meet host and No. 8 seed Harvard University at 1:00 p.m. with a chance at the fifth place game at stake.

Indiana lit up the scoreboard first just 30 seconds into the first period after Maggie Hannon put one past Brown junior Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI) in net. But the Bears evened out the score 30 seconds later on a junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) goal and gained its first lead after another Presant goal with 3:59 left to play in the quarter. The Hoosiers tallied another marker with 1:30 on the clock to tie the game to head into the second quarter tied at 2-2.

Kwoka nailed one past Indiana's Katie Carson to take the lead, 3-2, three minutes into the second quarter, but the hard-nosed Hoosiers tied it back up with a goal by Lauren Wyckoff at the 1:57 mark as the teams headed into halftime 3-3.

Once again, Indiana gained back the lead just 30 seconds into the third quarter when Jackie Kohli put one in, but junior Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) tallied her first goal of the game at 6:17 to tie the game, 4-4. Indiana answered with a goal 15 seconds later, but Katherine Stanton notched her first and only goal of the game to tie it back up at 5-5 with 5:33 on the clock. Glick then fired in another goal with 1:16 left to take a 6-5 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

It was all Brown in the first few minutes of play, as Kwoka put in two spectacular back-to-back goals to increase the team's lead to 8-5. Indiana was able to score two unanswered goals to come within one of the Bears, but Laing had some stellar saves in the cage to lead Bruno to earn the 8-7 win in the first round of the Eastern Championship.