IRVINE, Calif. – The No. 20-ranked Brown University women’s water polo team split its final two games on its California trip, falling to Concordia University, 8-6, before closing out the trip with a 19-14 win over Biola University.
“I am a little bummed we did not win both games, but it is hard not to be proud of the grit we showed tonight,” said Felix Mercado, Head Coaching Chair of Water Polo. “We struggled on the offensive end against Concordia and our defense had a rough start against Biola. We will take the split and learn.”
In the day’s opening game, Brown started strong against Concordia, jumping out to a 4-2 lead in the first quarter. The Bears got goals from Katie Klein, Zoe King, Claire Pisani and Claire Poissonnier in the first eight minutes.
Brown’s offense was shutout in the second quarter as Concordia took a 6-4 lead but the Bears tied it up with goals from Lily Weiser and Sophie Golub halfway through the third. Golub’s goal would be the last time the Bears found the net.
Brown surrendered two fourth quarter goals as Concordia took the game 8-6, breaking Brown’s six-game winning streak.
The Bears offense exploded in the second game of the day as Brown scored a season-high 19 goals. Zoe King led the Bears with six goals and Pisani had four. King added three assists, tying the Brown program record for most points in a game with nine.
Bryn Gioffredi, Klein and Poissonnier all finished with two goals for Brown.
It was a high-scoring first quarter as the game was tied at three-all with 3:32 left in the quarter. Brown got goals from King, Gioffredi and Klein to take a 3-1 lead before Biola scored two goals. From there, in a span on 90 seconds, Brown saw goals from Klein, King and Pisani to take a 6-3 lead after one quarter.
The Bears maintained the lead at halftime as both teams scored six goals in the second quarter. Brown’s tallies came from Pisani (7:17, 6:00), Dagmara Czajka (3:40), King (3:02, 2:04) and Gioffredi (:07).
Brown took control of the game in the third quarter as Pisani netted a goal just over 30 seconds into the half. Biola scored two goals but the Bears finished the quarter on a 3-0 run with a goal from Poissonnier and two from King to lead 17-11 after three quarters.
Poissonnier added another goal and Sierra Martin collected a goal in the fourth quarter.
Release courtesy Brown University Athletics Communications