CMS Women's Water Polo Drops 14-9 Decision to Division I Brown

Senior Haley Gibbs fires home one of her two goals on the day
Senior Haley Gibbs fires home one of her two goals on the day

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's water polo team held a 3-2 lead on Division I Brown after the first quarter, but the Bears pulled ahead 6-4 at the half and went on to take a 14-9 win on Sunday evening at Axelrood Pool.

Brown, which was receiving votes in the latest national poll, improves to 14-5 on the year with the win, while CMS sees its record slip to 4-11. 

After the Bears scored first, freshman Alex Szymczak scored the first of her two goals to even the score up 1-1, and sophomore Aracelia Aldrete followed with a goal to give the Athenas their first lead. Brown evened the score up again at 2-2 with 57 seconds left in the quarter, but the Athenas came right back with a goal from sophomore Amelia Ayala to take a 3-2 lead after the first frame. 

Brown used a 3-0 run to pull ahead 5-3 with 3:47 left in the half on a goal from Carissa Perez, but senior Haley Gibbs came right back with a goal in front to pull the Athenas within 5-4. The Bears scored the final goal of the half to take a 6-4 lead into the break, and used that momentum to outscore the Athenas 6-2 in the third quarter to build a 12-6 lead heading into the fourth. 

Sophomore Anna Fry scored with 4:35 in the third to cut the Brown lead to 9-5, and Szymczak answered a Brown goal with her second to make it 10-6 with 2:42 to go, but Dagmara Czajka scored back-to-back goals for Brown 22 seconds apart with a steal in between to put the Bears in control heading into the fourth. 

CMS held a 3-2 edge in the fourth quarter, matching their edge in the first, as Fry and Gibbs each scored their second goals and freshman Maddy Menard added her first, but the deficit was too large to overcome and Brown was able to come away with the 14-9 win. 

Freshman Jessica Salaz went the distance in goal for CMS and finished with nine saves, while Lauren Burns had five for Brown. Czajka and Maigrie McDougal each had three goals for Brown, and McKenna Miller had two goals and two assists. 

CMS will be back in action on Wednesday when it returns to SCIAC play with a road game against Occidental.