Colonials Defeat Maryland in Overtime

March 8, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - The Colonials women's water polo team (6-5, 2-2 CWPA) won its home and CWPA Southern Division opening match, 8-6, against Maryland (4-10, 1-3 CWPA) in overtime on Tuesday, March 8 at the Smith Center Pool. The Colonials rallied from a 5-3 halftime deficit to earn the victory.

With GW down by two, sophomore Morgan Hooker and freshman Julia Wetherell each tallied goals in the third period to tie the score at five apiece. In the fourth period, freshman Soleil Roberts gave the Colonials a one-goal advantage with a tally at 3:18 mark, but the Terrapins' Colleen McShane tied the score on a goal with 1:10 left in regulation.

In the first overtime, GW got scores from freshman Sarah Stimson and senior captain Kendra Shanley 1 minute and 12 seconds apart to produce the final score. GW's defense didn't give up a goal in either three-minute overtime session.

Hooker and Roberts paced GW with two goals each and junior goalie Amy Heinemann made 15 saves in the game, including eight in the fourth quarter and overtime.

GW opened the scoring at the 3:53 mark of the first period when Hooker found the back of the cage off a feed from freshman Faith Goss. Maryland scored four of the next five goals grab a 4-2 margin with 5:54 to play in the second period. The two teams traded tallies to make the count 5-3 at the half, setting the stage for GW's second-half rally.



The Colonials return to the water on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20 when they head to Claremont, CA to compete in the Claremont Invitational.

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