GW Women's Water Polo Splits Pair of Games at Lancer Invite
March 16, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The George Washington women's water polo team broke out of an offensive slump in a big way on Friday afternoon, defeating VMI, 19-7, in its second game of the Lancer Invite at California Baptist's Lancer Aquatic Center. Earlier in the day, the Colonials fell to Marist, 10-5.
The win over VMI snapped GW's seven-game losing streak and marked the first time in six games in which the Colonials posted double-digit goals. The 19 tallies matched the second-most in a game in program history, trailing only the 23 scored against Boston University in 2001; GW also scored 19 against Washington & Jefferson on April 11, 2003.
The Colonials (5-8) took control of the game from the start, opening the match with three goals in less than three minutes and taking a 6-2 lead after one quarter. The Keydets pulled within two, 7-5, midway through the second period, but GW responded with three straight to end the half with a 10-5 advantage.
GW extended its run to 6-0 with three quick tallies in the opening two minutes of the third period, including two by sophomore Allison Littlejohn. The Keydets scored two of the final four goals of the quarter, but the Colonials held VMI off the scoreboard in the fourth while adding four more goals for the 19-7 final.
Sophomore Rachael Bentley led the Colonials with six points on two goals and four assists and added three ejections drawn, while senior Megan Walker and sophomore Megan Brolley each scored a game-high four goals. In addition, Littlejohn and freshman Meagan Moreland both posted hat tricks. Freshman goalie Chandler Vilander recorded nine saves in three quarters before giving way to classmate Jessie Sinkula, who stopped one shot in the fourth.
Mackenzie Perkins scored a team-high three goals for VMI, and goalie Amanda Berrios had four saves for the Keydets.
In the first game of the day, GW scored the first two goals of the contest, but Marist responded with a 9-0 run spanning three quarters to take control of the game. The Red Foxes held the Colonials scoreless in both the second and third periods, and while their lead was just 3-2 at halftime, they outscored GW, 4-0, in the third and tacked on two more in the fourth before Bentley ended the Colonials' drought with 3:46 left in the game. GW added two more in the final 2:05 to pull within five, but would get no closer.
The Colonials were unable to convert on any of their 11 extra-man opportunities, while Marist was 3-for-5 in man-up situations.
Bentley led the Colonials with three goals in the match, and Vilander recorded five saves.
Kelly Kline scored three goals to lead Marist, while goalie Rebecca Thomas stopped six shots.
The Colonials conclude their West Coast trip on Saturday, when they visit Redlands at 12 p.m. and Chapman at 7 p.m. ET.
Marist 10, GW 5
GW Goals: Bentley 3, Berry 1, Littlejohn 1
GW Saves: Vilander 5
GW 19, VMI 7
GW Goals: Walker 4, Brolley 4, Moreland 3, Littlejohn 3, Berry 2, Bentley 2, Pyrch 1
GW Saves: Vilander 9, Sinkula 1