April 26, 2009

No. 20 Maryland Tops No. 19 Brown in Eastern Championship Third Place Game

April 26, 2009

Cambridge, MA - The Brown University women's water polo team (22-15) finished in fourth place after falling to No. 20 Maryland, 12-8, during the 2009 CWPA Eastern Championship third place game held this afternoon hosted at Harvard University at Blodgett Pool.

The Bears and Terrapins battled throughout the fist half, as Maryland jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Shannon Simerly and Christine Goetsch a few minutes into the first period. But Bruno answered back with a goal by sophomore Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA) with 2:55 remaining heading into the second quarter.

The Bears knotted the game at 2-2 with 13 seconds into the second period after Glick placed a penalty shot past Maryland's Ashleigh Jobson, and gained their only lead of the game 90 seconds later when Glick scored again at the 6:21 mark to put her team in front 3-2.

Unfortunately, the Terrapins (16-13) tied the game at regained the lead after two consecutive goals as Simerly scored at the 4:22 mark and Ellna Goldenberg posted one at 3:44 to go ahead 4-3. The Bears evened out the score before halftime after junior Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) put one in at the 3:22 mark as the teams entered the break tied 4-4.

Maryland got off to a hot start and opened the second half scored two unanswered goals to take a 6-4 lead. Brown cut the deficit to a single score at 4:47 with another goal by Presant, but the Terrapins banged in the next two markers to gain an 8-5 advantage.

Leading 8-6 to begin the fourth period following a Brown goal at the 2:15 mark by Glick, Maryland pushed its margin to 9-6 before the Bears clawed their way back into the match by cutting the score to 9-8 with 6:05 to play in the period.

The Terps put the game away in short succession with Goldenberg nailing an exclusion goal at 3:05 and a penalty shot at 1:43 to go in front 11-8 before Rachel Jordan closed out the day's scoring with a marker with 54 seconds to go.

Junior goalkeeper Stephanie Laing earned nine saves in Brown's loss this afternoon, while Ashleigh Jobson tallied four saves to earn the win.