CWPA Championship: Brown University 11, Connecticut College 3 Pierce Scores Twice for Camels

CWPA Championship: Brown University 11, Connecticut College 3 Pierce Scores Twice for Camels

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Carmen Rosas (Fr., Schaumburg, Ill./James B. Conant) and Olivia Santiago (Sr., Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) both posted hat-tricks and goalie Marisol Dakan (So., Pasadena, Calif./La Salle) tabulated 12 saves to claim Player of the Game accolades as the Brown University Bears closed out the 2016 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) for Division III No. 9 Connecticut College, 11-3, to reach the event's Seventh Place game at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool.

The victory advances Brown (10-25, 1-6 CWPA Division I/II) into a Seventh Place showdown against either host/No. 18 Harvard or George Washington University at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1.  The Bears are a combined 1-1 against the Crimson and Colonials in 2016 as Brown fell to Harvard, 9-8, on April 13 at home in Providence, R.I. and picked up a road win at GW, 17-12, on April 9.

Overall, Brown will attempt to avoid the program's first-ever eighth place finish at the CWPA Championship as the Bears previoulsy placed first (2001), second (2003), fourth (2004, 2009, 2012), fifth (2000, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015), sixth (2002, 2010), seventh (2005) and ninth (2011) since 2000.

Facing the CWPA Division III Champion Camels of Connecticut (15-9, 14-3 CWPA Division III) for the third time in 2016 after previously claiming 17-14 (at Connecticut, March 23) and 17-10 (at Brown, April 6) wins, the ursine student-athletes opened up a 3-0 lead four and a half minutes into the first quarter and never looked back.

Jessica Heilman (So., Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo Atherton) started the scoring two and a half minutes into the first quarter as she cocked and ripped in a man-up opportunity at 5:29 to put Brown in front to stay.

McKenna Miller (Fr., Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and Rosas padded the lead to 3-0 with back-to-back natural tallies at 4:22 and 3:30, respectively, prior to Connecticut's Sam Pierce (Sr., Windsor, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) lancing the Brown defense with 57 seconds left in the frame to pull the Camels within 3-1.

Brown's claws came back out in the second quarter as Rosas (7:06, 3:12) connected on even-strength strikes to surround a successful six-on-five shot by Santiago at 6:09 to make it 6-1 in favor of the Bears by halftime.

Connecticut closed out its offense in the third quarter as Pierce knocked in a man-up chance at 6:02 prior to 2016 CWPA Division III Most Valuable Player Kelsey Millward (Sr., Baie-d'Urfe, Quebec/Loomis Chaffee) flushing a ball into the cage at 4:05 to inch the Camels within 6-3.

Facing a Connecticut team that was seeking the program's first victory over a Division I program, Brown put to rest any doubts of the outcome with a 5-0 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.

Miller started the run at 6:10 prior to Santiago (5:42, 13 seconds), Heilman (4:49) and Allison Woo (Fr., Arcadia, Calif./Polytechnic School) (2:33) accounting for the remainder of the string for the 11-3 final score.

For Brown, Heilman and Miller both scored twice to join Rosas and Santiago in posting multi-goal games in support of Dakan.

Connecticut, which concludes the event in ninth place among the nine competing institutions, received a pair of goals from Pierce and a solo marker by Millward.  Sarah Sovia (Jr., Pottstown, Pa./The Hill School) suffered the loss with four saves.

The Camels, who fell to George Washington University (9-8 L) and Harvard (13-3 L) in the first two rounds of competition, completed their fourth appearance at the CWPA Championship as the league's Division III Champion has only earned a spot in the field since 2013. 

In 2013 at the 12-team tournament hosted by the University of Michigan, the Camels finished ninth in front of Gannon University, Notre Dame College and Mercyhurst University. The squad finished eighth of eight teams in 2014 following a 17-7 loss to Harvard in the Seventh Place game. Last year at Princeton, Connecticut finished 10th of 10 teams with a 9-6 loss to Mercyhurst in the Ninth Place game.

Through four years of competition at the CWPA Championship, the Camels are 2-11 all-time as the team fell to Brown University (17-6 L) in the 2013 opening round before topping Mercyhurst (9-7 W) and Gannon (10-9 W OT) at Michigan. In 2014, the program went 0-3 with losses to Indiana (19-1 L), Brown (12-2 L) and Harvard (17-7 L) at Bucknell University. Last season, the Camels dropped games to Bucknell (14-4 L), George Washington University (13-12 L) and Mercyhurst at Princeton University.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
Division III No. 9 Connecticut College (15-9, 14-3 CWPA Division III)
-- 3
Brown University (10-25, 1-6 CWPA Division I/II)
-- 11

Brown Goals: Carmen Rosas (3); Olivia Santiago (3); Jessica Heilman (2); McKenna Miller (2); Allison Woo 

Connecticut Goals: Sam Pierce (2); Kelsey Millward 

Saves: Brown - Marisol Dakan (12) ; Connecticut - Sarah Sovia (4)

Exclusions: Brown - 8 ; Connecticut - 4

Advantage Opportunities: Brown - 2-for-4 ; Connecticut - 1-for-8

Sprints: Brown - 0-for-4 ; Connecticut - 4-for-4

Officials: Michael Goldenberg, Humberto Navarro