GW Women's Water Polo Falls to Two Top-10 Teams at Princeton Invite

Rachael Bentley led GW with four goals in two games on Saturday.

Feb. 9, 2013

PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington women's water polo team opened its season on Saturday with a pair of tough losses against top-10 competition at the Princeton Invitational. The Colonials fell to No. 10 Princeton, 20-6, and No. 4 California, 21-6, on the first day of the two-day tournament.

GW struggled offensively against the host Tigers, connecting on just 6-of-29 shots and scoring just one goal in each of the first three quarters. Junior Rachael Bentley notched a hat trick to lead the Colonials, while freshmen Caroline Sandri and Erin Donoghue each tallied the first goals of their careers. Junior Allison Littlejohn accounted for GW's remaining goal.

Princeton jumped out to a 7-1 lead after one quarter and held an 11-2 advantage at halftime. The Tigers again outscored the Colonials, 7-1, in the third period, but GW had a 3-2 edge in the fourth to provide for the 20-6 final score.

Sophomore Chandler Vilander and freshman Caterina Sesana combined for five saves in the cage.

GW played tougher against California, but in the end, the fourth-ranked Bears' offense proved too much for the Colonials.

After Cal took a 5-1 lead at the end of one quarter, the Colonials again found themselves down 11-2 at halftime. The Bears led, 15-4, after three periods and eventually won, 21-6.

Junior Katherine Berry led GW with two goals in the game, while Bentley, Donoghue, Littlejohn and freshman Hannah Cox each scored one. Sesana recorded one save in goal.



GW was 2-for-3 on extra-man advantages against the Bears but just 1-for-3 on penalty shots.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they take on Villanova at 10:30 a.m. before concluding the Princeton Invitational with an exhibition match against New York Aquatic Club at 3 p.m.

No. 10 Princeton 20, GW 6
GW - 1-1-1-3--6
PU - 7-4-7-2--20

GW Goals: Bentley 3, Sandri 1, Donoghue 1, Littlejohn 1
GW Saves: Sesana 3, Vilander 2

No. 4 California 21, GW 6
GW - 1-1-2-2--6
UC - 5-6-4-5--21

GW Goals: Berry 2, Bentley 1, Donoghue 1, Cox 1, Littlejohn 1
GW Saves: Sesana 1, Vilander 0

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