Feb. 12, 2009
Providence, RI - The Brown women's water polo team is ready to begin the 2009 season as it opens up with matches against Michigan and NYAC on Sunday, Feb. 15 during the Harvard Invitational. Led by 2008 CWPA Northern Division Coach of the Year Felix Mercado, the Bears will be looking to build on last year's season-ending 11-3 run that included a fifth place finish at the 2008 CWPA Eastern Championship.
Leading the way for Brown is two of the team's top three scorers from last year, as juniors Lauren Presant (Poway, CA) and Sarah Glick (Bonita, CA) return to guide a dominant Bears' attack. Presant tallied 105 points on a team-high 87 goals on the season to earn All-North honors for the second time, and was also a two-time CWPA Player of the Week, winning the honor back-to-back on March 31 and April 7 (2008).
Glick, another two-time All-North selection, combined for 141 points after scoring 63 goals and had a team-high 78 assists and 44 steals. A dominant force for the Brown offense, Glick was named the Northern Division Player of the Week on March 18 (2008) after tallying four goals, three assists and three steals, two ejections drawn in a win over Harvard.
Sophomore center Joanna Wohlmuth (Manhattan Beach, CA) will also be a presence on offense, while sophomore Kathertne Stanton (Danville, CA) and senior captain Rory Stanton (Danville, CA) will control the other end of the pool at center defense in front of junior goalkeeper Stephanie Laing (Ann Arbor, MI). Wohlmuth was a solid contributor for the Bears last season, scoring 28 goals while handing out five assists.
The Stanton sisters will look to hold down the feisty Bruno defense, as Rory, a senior, scored 19 goals and had 15 assists last season, drawing 28 ejections. Katherine, a sophomore, will help solidify the talented tandem. Last season, she scored 16 goals, handed out 17 assists, and swiped 42 steals.
Laing will handle the majority of duties in net this season, and is coming off a solid sophomore campaign. Laing stopped 37 percent of the shots she faced, posting a 10.04 goals-against average. Helping Laing in the net is rookie Misa Scharfen (Santa Rosa, CA), who Mercado is expecting great things from her in the future. Scharfen was the goalie for Ursuline High in Santa Rosa, Calif. She is a First Team All-League North Coast Section CIF honoree, and is a three-time scholar-athlete at Ursuline.
Mercado is also looking to junior Rita Bullwinkel (Portola Valley, CA) to step in and help out in the pool, while newcomers Sam Ryu (Santa Barbara, CA) and Bethany Kwoka (San Mateo, CA) are also expected to help lead the Bears to its first League title since 2001.
Kwoka and Ryu are both utility players from California. A graduate of San Mateo High, Kwoka was a four-time MVP of her team, and played her club polo for the Stanford Women's Water Polo Club. Ryu is a graduate of Cate School in Santa Barbara, where she was named First Team All-Tri-Valley League and her team's MVP this season.
After competing at the Harvard Invitational, the Bears head to the Princeton Invite where they take on Maryland and Bucknell on February 21, and then Villanova and Princeton the following day. To view the entire schedule, click here! 2009 Women's Water Polo Schedule