GW Women's Water Polo Wins Twice at CWPA/MAAC Crossover
Freshman Hannah Cox Tallies Nine Goals; Colonials Finish Weekend 3-1
Feb. 24, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman Hannah Cox scored nine goals in two games to lift the George Washington women's water polo team to wins over Siena and Iona on the final day of the CWPA/MAAC Crossover hosted by Villanova. The Colonials defeated the Saints, 11-7, before knocking off the Gaels, 13-10.
GW (6-5) jumped out to a 7-1 lead and put up a staunch defensive effort against Siena, blanking the Saints in the first and third quarters. The Colonials had a six-goal cushion at halftime and extended their advantage to 10-1 after three quarters to coast to the victory..
Freshmen accounted for eight of GW's 11 goals in the game as Cox tallied four and classmates Erin Donoghue and Caroline Sandri each scored twice. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded seven saves in three quarters, and sophomore Jessie Sinkula stopped three shots in the final period.
GW and Iona were engaged in a tight battle throughout in Sunday's late contest. The Gaels, who are receiving votes in the CWPA Varsity Top 20 national poll, led, 5-4, after a quarter, but the Colonials went on top, 7-6, at halftime. The teams were tied at 9-9 aft the end of three periods before GW rattled off four straight goals in the fourth quarter and held the Gaels off the scoreboard until 1:49 to go for the 13-10 win.
"The fourth quarter was a great defensive effort for us," said head coach Scott Reed.
Cox again led the Colonials with five goals, matching her career high set Saturday against Villanova, and added five ejections drawn and a penalty drawn. Junior Katherine Berry was the only other player for GW with multiple goals, as she notched her second hat trick of the season. Vilander recorded seven saves in the cage.
GW finishes 3-1 at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover, rebounding from Saturday's opening loss to Wagner to post a 23-18 over host Villanova before Sunday's two wins.
"We really stepped it up and got sharp and finished off really well against Iona," said Coach Reed. "I'm very proud of the entire group."
Cox finished with 18 goals in the four games, scoring four against the Seahawks and five against the Wildcats on Saturday. "She had a fantastic weekend," said Coach Reed.
The Colonials return to action next weekend when they head to Erie, Pa., for a trio of CWPA South Division matches against Brown, Bucknell and the host Mercyhurst Lakers on Saturday and Sunday.
GW 11, Siena 7
GW Goals: Cox 4, Donoghue 2, Sandri 2, Brolley 2, Berry 1
GW 13, Iona 10
GW Goals: Cox 5, Berry 3, Bentley 1, Moreland 1, Brolley 1, Donoghue 1, Littlejohn 1