GW Women's Water Polo Drops Two on First Day of Lancer Invite
March 15, 2013
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Junior Rachael Bentley scored a school-record 11 points, but the George Washington women's water polo team fell to Iona, 20-17, on the first day of the Lancer Invitational, co-hosted by California Baptist and University of Redlands. The Colonials dropped their second game of the day to Marist, 14-8.
Bentley tallied a career-high seven goals and added four assists, three steals and two ejections drawn against the Gaels. The seven goals equal the second-highest single-game total in school history, last accomplished by Elizabeth Davis in 2004. Her 11 points surpass the previous program record of nine, which was achieved three times, most recently by Bentley earlier this season on Feb. 10 against Villanova.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the first quarter, Iona tallied three in a row and led, 5-3, after one. The teams combined for 14 goals in the second quarter alone, eight by the Gaels, who took a 13-9 advantage at the break. The Colonials rallied with a 4-2 third period to pull within two, 15-13, but Iona used a 5-4 fourth quarter to win, 20-17.
Junior Megan Brolley continued her strong week with five points on three goals and two assists, and freshman Erin Donoghue notched her fourth hat trick of the season. Freshman Hannah Cox and junior Allison Littlejohn also scored twice, and freshman goalkeeper Caterina Sesana recorded six saves in the second half.
The Colonials were 5-for-7 on man-up opportunities but were ejected 11 times, and the Gaels were also able to capitalize on their power plays.
After playing the first game at Redlands, the Colonials headed to Cal Baptist for the nightcap against Marist.
The Red Foxes jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring the only two goals of the first quarter, before GW finally cracked the scoreboard at the 5:29 mark of the second period. Marist, however, outscored the Colonials, 5-1, over the rest of the quarter to take an 8-2 halftime lead. The game was even in the second half, as each team scored three goals in both of the final quarters. Marist was up, 14-6, before GW scored the final two goals of the game to close the gap.
Bentley, Donoghue and freshman Caroline Sandri each scored two goals to lead the Colonials. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made five saves in the first half, while Sesana again stopped six in the second.
GW was unable to convert on most of its man-up opportunities, going just 3-for-8 on power plays.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they take on Redlands and La Verne in Redlands, Calif., on the second day of the Lancer Invite and the final day of their Spring Break trip.
Iona 20, GW 17
GW Goals: Bentley 7, Brolley 3, Donoghue 3, Cox 2, Littlejohn 2
Marist 14, GW 8
GW Goals: Bentley 2, Sandri 2, Donoghue 2, Brolley 1, Dickson 1