May 2, 2005

Women's Water Polo Goes To Consolation Bracket In Eastern Tournament

April 30, 2005

Bloomington, IN - After falling to Princeton in their opening match of the Eastern Championship, the Bears recovered quickly and beat Bucknell 6-5 in sudden death overtime, having sophomore Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) score the game winner 2:33 seconds into the extra period.

In their opening match of the tournament the Bears faced a tough Princeton squad, falling to the Tigers 10-6. Sophomore Claire Angyal (Sydney, AUS) got the Bears started, scoring the first goal of the game at the 6:37 mark on a man advantage for Brown. Senior Diana Livermore (Menlo Park, CA) put the Bears up by two scoring her first of two goals with 2:39 remaining in the first quarter. Princeton was able to make up for both goals tying the game with nine second remaining in the opening quarter. In the second quarter it was all Princeton as they scored three unanswered goals to go into halftime with a 5-2 lead.

Coming out of the break, the Tigers notched two more goals for their biggest lead of the game 7-2. Livermore recorded her second goal of the game to cut the Tigers lead to four and was followed by a goal from Balassone to put Brown within striking distance. Princeton pushed their lead to six scoring three more goals for a 10-4 score. Sophomores Caitlin Fahey (Seattle WA) and Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA) tacked on a goal each later in the game for the final 10-6 score. Freshman Anne Deggelman (Menlo Park, CA) had eight blocks in net for Brown.

In their second game of the day, the Bears overcame an early two-goal deficit at the end of the first quarter, scoring two goals in the second for a 2-2 halftime score. Livermore got the Bears on the board with her third goal of the afternoon cutting Bucknell's lead to 2-1. Angyal tied the score at two when she scored on a 6 on 5 man advantage for the Bears. Fahey put the Bears up by a goal early in the third quarter scoring on an outside shot for the 3-2 lead. Bucknell answered back and tied the score once again, but Angyal scored early in the fourth quarter to give the lead back to Brown. With the game tied 4-4 after regulation the two squads had to play two 3:00 over time periods to determine the winner. In the first overtime Fahey put the Bears up by one, but Brown saw that lead quickly diminish as Bucknell answered in the second to tie the score at five and send it to sudden death. Balassone netted the winning goal with 2:33 remaining in the sudden death period for the win.

The Bears will face Harvard Sunday, May 1, at 10:30 AM in the fifth place match-up.