Big Third Quarter Propels GW Women's Water Polo to 14-9 Win at Whittier
March 13, 2013
WHITTIER, Calif. - The George Washington women's water polo team used a big third quarter to open its annual West Coast trip with a 14-9 win over host Whittier on Wednesday evening.
GW improves to 9-7 on the season, its best record through 16 games since the 2004 squad was 10-6. The Colonials have won six of their last eight contests.
Whittier (5-9), ranked sixth in Division III, led after the first quarter, 3-2, as the Poets drew a number of ejections to create man-up opportunities. GW, however, clamped down on defense and held Whittier to just one goal over the next 16 minutes, blanking the Poets in the second period to take a 4-3 halftime lead.
The Colonials caused a number of turnovers and used a strong counterattack in the third quarter to create transition goals and outscored their hosts, 6-1, in the period to take a commanding 10-4 lead and went on to defeat Whittier, 14-9.
Junior Rachael Bentley led GW with seven points on three goals and four assists, while junior Megan Brolley also notched a hat trick. Freshmen Caroline Sandri and Ruti Zwick tallied two goals apiece, and junior Erin Dickson recorded a season-high four steals. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made six saves in the cage, including a big stop on a penalty shot.
The Colonials return to the pool on Thursday for a pair of games in Thousand Oaks, Calif. GW will take on St. Francis (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. ET before facing off with host Cal Lutheran at 8 p.m. ET.
GW 14, Whittier 9
GW - 2-2-6-4--14
WC - 3-0-1-5--9
GW Goals: Brolley 3, Bentley 3, Sandri 2, Zwick 2, Berry 1, Moreland 1, Cox 1, Littlejohn 1