GW Women's Water Polo Splits on Second Day of West Coast Swing
March 14, 2013
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The George Washington women's water polo team split a pair of games at California Lutheran's Samuelson Aquatics Center on Thursday, the second day of its annual West Coast trip. The Colonials defeated St. Francis (N.Y.), 11-7, behind six goals from junior Megan Brolley, then fell to the host Regals, 9-7, in overtime.
Brolley scored six goals in a game for the second time this season; she also accomplished the feat on Feb. 23 against Villanova. It is the eighth time in program history a player has scored at least six goals in a contest and the third in 2013, as freshman Hannah Cox also tallied six goals on March 3 against Bucknell.
The Colonials and Terriers were tied, 2-2, after one quarter. GW scored the first two goals of the second period, but each time the Colonials appeared poised to take control of the game, St. Francis climbed back in. GW led, 5-4, at halftime, then again tallied the first two goals of the third quarter to go up 7-4 at the 5:24 mark before the Terriers scored two in a row to close within one, 7-6, at the end of three. The Colonials finally pulled away with a 4-1 fourth quarter for the 11-7 win.
Cox was the only other Colonials' player with multiple goals, as she notched her seventh hat trick of the season. Junior Rachael Bentley totaled five points on the game on a goal and four assists, while sophomore Meagan Moreland added three helpers to her one goal. Brolley also drew four ejections in addition to her six goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded six saves, including a penalty block for the second straight game.
In the nightcap, GW and Cal Lutheran were tied, 2-2, after the first quarter, but the Colonials scored the only two goals of the second period to take a 4-2 lead at the break, then extended their run to three in a row to go up 5-2 with 3:34 to go in the third before the Regals ended their drought.
GW led, 5-3, after three, and maintained its advantage for most of the fourth quarter, but with 31 seconds left Cal Lutheran drew an ejection and scored a man-up goal with 31 seconds left to tie the game at 6-6. The Colonials called a timeout but were unable to convert on their final possession of regulation to send the game to overtime for the first time since March 15, 2011.
The Regals, who are ranked second in Division III, scored on their first possession of the first extra session and eventually took an 8-6 lead at the end of the first three-minute period. Each team scored once in the second stanza, GW's goal coming on a power play late in the period, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit in the 9-7 loss.
Cox and junior Allison Littlejohn each scored twice to lead GW in the game, and Vilander recorded eight saves.
The Colonials return to action on Friday, when they take on Azusa Pacific at 2:30 p.m. ET in Redlands, Calif., and Marist at 6:40 p.m. ET in Riverside, Calif., on the first day of California Baptist's Lancer Invite.
GW 11, St. Francis (N.Y.) 7
GW Goals: Brolley 6, Cox 3, Moreland 1, Bentley 1
Cal Lutheran 9, GW 7 (OT)
GW Goals: Cox 2, Littlejohn 2, Moreland 1, Bentley 1, Donoghue 1