Women's Water Polo Opens 2005 Season This Weekend

Feb. 10, 2005

Providence, RI - The women's water polo team will open up their season when they travel to New Jersey this weekend for the Princeton Invitational. The Bears will face Maryland and Bucknell on Saturday, February 12 at 11:20 am and 5:40 pm. On the following day Sunday February 13, Brown will face George Washington at 8:30 am and close out the tournament with a 12:00 pm match against host Princeton.

The Brown Women's water polo team has been anxiously awaiting the start of the 2005 water polo season. The Bears graduated five seniors from last year's squad that posted an 18-8, finishing first in the Northeast Division, fourth at the Eastern Championships, and ranked 19th in the country. Coming into this season. Brown will welcoming a new coaching staff as well as six incoming freshmen and will look upon the core of returning veterans early in the season.

Leading the returning core is 2004 Northeast Player of the Year and First Team All-East, senior Diana Livermore (Menlo Park, CA). Livermore led the Bears a year ago netting 42 goals and 19 steals to go along with 14 drawn kick-outs. Another returning key player is junior Allison Biner (Moraga, CA), who is looking to add depth and experience to the young squad. Since Brown graduated five players, sophomores Paige Lansing (Newport Beach, CA), Claire Angyal (Sydney, Australia), Caitlin Fahey (Seattle, WA) and Elizabeth Balassone (Los Altos, CA) will see a considerable amount of playing time this season.

Freshmen Alexis Blaxberg (Miami, FL), Emily Schwartz (Miami, FL), and Ally Wyatt (Ann Arbor, MI) look to make strong contributions this year, while Anne Deggelman (Menlo Park, CA) will be backing up the defense from the goalie position. First year head coach Jason Gall, along with assistant coach John McBride, both bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to this year's Brown squad which looks to improve on last year's success.