Women's Water Polo Notches Victories Against St. Francis (NY) and Siena at Bucknell Invitational
Feb. 27, 2006
LEWISBURG, PA - The George Washington University women's water polo team won two games this past weekend, Feb. 24-26, at the Bucknell Invitational held at the Bison's Kinney Auditorium. The Colonials won both of their contests on Saturday, defeating St. Francis (NY), 9-2, before knocking off Siena, 5-4. Junior Morgan Hooker (Woodland Hills, CA) was the Colonials' top goal scorer at the tournament with seven in four games.
The Colonials opened the tournament on Friday against host Bucknell. The Bison jumped all over GW in the first half and held an 8-1 lead at halftime. GW was able to battle back in the second half, including scoring four goals in the final frame, but the Bison prevailed, 12-8. Sophomore Greta Pedraza (Miami, FL) led GW with three goals, while sophomore Erin Bailey (Ann Arbor, MI) scored twice.
On Saturday, GW opened with a 9-2 triumph against St. Francis (NY). The Colonials led 3-0 after the first and had a 4-1 lead by halftime. The defense stepped up once again in the second half limiting St. Francis to just a single goal, while GW's offense produced five scores. Hooker, Pedraza and junior Jenna Burnett (Lake Forest, CA) led the way with two goals apiece. Sophomore goalie Julie Jacoby (Coral Gables, FL) made 11 saves in net.
Against Siena in its second game on Saturday, GW was unable to convert on several offensive opportunities and the game turned out to be a defensive struggle. Both teams scored two goals each in the first period, but Siena led 3-2 at the half. The Colonials managed to score three unanswered goals early in the third, which proved to be the difference. Burnett and Hooker each scored twice, while Jacoby made nine saves in goal.
In their final game on Sunday, the Colonials fell behind once again early against Wagner, much like the Bucknell game, as the Seahawks held a 7-2 advantage by halftime. GW scored five times over the final two quarters, but its wasn't enough as it fell 14-7. Hooker and Bailey scored two times each to pace GW, and senior Amy Heinemann (N. Miami Beach, FL) recorded nine saves in the net.
The Colonials (4-6) are back in the pool when they travel to Princeton, NJ, on Saturday, March 4 to take on Princeton at 2:30 p.m.