Women's Water Polo Completes Perfect Weekend
Colonials beat Gannon 19-11 to finish 4-0 at the GW Invitational
WASHINGTON -- The GW women's water polo team completed a perfect weekend at the GW Invitational on Saturday, defeating Mercyhurst 10-7 in the morning before routing Gannon 19-11 in the nightcap. With the wins, the Colonials improved to 10-3 on the season.
GW 10, Mercyhurst 7
Mercyhurst scored first to open the day, but the Colonials responded with four-consecutive goals to take a lead it would never surrender. Scarlett Hallahan got the scoring started with her power play goal before Maggie Ball followed with a power play score of her own. Hallahan then netted a penalty shot before Jacqueline Bywater scored the first of her four goals of the match. Hallahan would score one more before the end of the period to give the Colonials a 5-4 advantage at the break.
Defense reigned in the second stanza, but the Colonials increased their lead with two goals to move ahead 7-5 at the half. GW kept Mercyhurst scoreless in the third and saw goals from Bywater and Ally Jochim. Mercyhurst tallied two in the fourth, but Bywater's fourth goal of the match punctuated GW's 10-7 triumph.
Katherine Moeller proved to be a defensive force in her two periods of play, making three saves but leading the team with four steals.
Goals: Bywater 4, Hallahan 3, Jochim 2, Ball 1
Assists: Hallahan 3, Bywater 2, Ball 1
Steals: Moeller 4, Hallahan 3, Bywater 2, Ball 1, McGeoy 1, Welch 1
Field Blocks: Jochim 4, Bywater 1
Ejections Drawn: McGeoy 6, Jochim 4, Hallahan 1
Saves: Peyton 4, Moeller 3
GW 19, Gannon 11
GW dominated from the onset in a balanced effort that saw 10 Colonials score, led by Hallahan's four goals and six assists. Erin McGeoy scored just over a minute into the game and the Colonials scored the first three goals before Gannon was able to get on the board, and GW led 6-2 after the first quarter.
An even second period saw the teams score three goals apiece, but the Colonials blew the game open with a dominating 6-1 third stanza. Kira Bruno connected on consecutive goals to start the GW onslaught and was followed by Bywater and Anya Welch before connecting again for her third goal of the period.
Leading 15-6 going into the fourth, GW easily secured the victory despite Gannon scoring five goals. In the cage, a pair of freshmen helped stall the Gannon attack as Geena Peyton had seven saves and Samantha Runyon had six in split duty.
Goals: Hallahan 4, Bruno 3, Bywater 3, Welch 2, Goodell 2, Shaffer 1, Ball 1, McGeoy 1, Deciccio 1, Marczewski 1
Assists: Hallahan 6, Bywater 3, Goodell 1, Welch 1, Ball 1, Peyton 1
Steals: Jochim 4, Hallahan 3, Bywater 3, Ball 1, McGeoy 1, Runyon 1
Field Blocks: Ball 1
Ejections Drawn: McGeoy 3, Shaffer 1, Ball 1, Goodell 1, Marczewski 1
Saves: Peyton 7, Runyon 6
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