Women's Water Polo Splits Early Matches at CWPA Meet
WASHINGTON, DC (March 9, 2002) - The women's water polo team improved to 8-4, 1-1 in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) play, after spliting their first two matches of the day, losing to the Princeton Tigers 9-4, and notching a strong victory over the Bucknell Bison at Smith Center.
The Colonials served as host to Princeton, Bucknell and Villanova in their first weekend of CWPA conference play. GW began the meet with a tough match-up versus the nationally ranked Tigers. Princeton, ranked 15th in the nation, battled the Colonials to a 3-2 halftime lead. The Tigers maintained their one goal lead through the third quarter, outscoring GW 3-2 in the seven-minute span. A four-goal burst by the Tigers put the match away in the final quarter, giving GW a 9-4 loss.
Senior keeper Lisa Greenfield had a strong outing despite the outcome, notching 10 saves for the match.
In their second match of the day, GW and Bucknell squared-off in a high-scoring game. The Colonials sprinted out to an early 3-1 lead after the first quarter behind two goals by sophomore Mia Fabian and a score by sophomore Vanessa Fravel. The Bison struck back in the second quarter, outscoring GW 3-1, a tying the match at four goals apiece.
After trading two scores in the third quarter, the Colonials held the Bison in check with their defense. After a key save by Greenfield, GW quickly took advantage in transition as junior Ashley Pyka caught the defense napping, and scored to give the Colonials the lead. Another goal by Fabian and Pyka put Bucknell away for good, 9-7 as the Bison could not recover.
GW was led by Fabian who scored four goals and Pyka who added three in the winning effort. Greenfield recorded five saves for the match.
The Colonials complete the meet with an evening match versus Villanova.
GW vs. Princeton
GW vs. Bucknell
Other CWPA Meet Results:
Princeton vs. Villanova
Bucknell vs. Villanova