GW Women's Water Polo Edges Villanova, 9-8

Freshman Erin Donoghue scored four goals against Villanova, including the game-winner.

March 23, 2013

WASHINGTON - Freshman Erin Donoghue scored the game-winning goal with one minute remaining to lift the George Washington women's water polo team past Villanova, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

GW improves its record to 12-11 after defeating Villanova (3-20) for the fourth time this season.

Donoghue finished with a team-best four goals, scoring one in each quarter, and added an assist for five points. Classmate Hannah Cox also notched a hat trick with all three goals coming in the first period, and also had a team-high three ejections drawn. Junior Megan Brolley was the other Colonials' player to find the back of the cage as she scored twice and added four steals.

Sophomore Meagan Moreland recorded six steals and four assists, and junior Rachael Bentley also dished out three helpers. She now has 49 on the season, leaving her one shy of her own school record of 50 set last season.

Cox gave GW a quick lead with a goal just 47 seconds into the contest. Villanova's Julia Penkal put the Wildcats on the board for the first time at the 4:47 mark to tie the game, but Cox quickly responded just nine seconds later. Villanova again knotted the score on a penalty shot with 3:38 to go in the quarter. Donoghue sparked a 3-0 GW run that put the Colonials on top, 5-2, at the 1:33 mark, before the Wildcats tallied the final goal of the quarter to make it 5-3 after eight minutes.

Donoghue and Brolley sandwiched a Villanova goal in the second quarter to give GW a 7-4 lead at halftime.

Villanova's Callan Edwards scored a pair of man-up goals to open the second half and bring the Wildcats within a goal, 7-6, at the 5:50 mark, but Donoghue ended a more than seven-minute Colonials' scoring drought with her third goal of the game to make it 8-6.



After nearly four minutes with no scoring in the fourth quarter, Penkal found the back of the cage for Villanova to again pull the Wildcats within one, and Edwards tied the game at 8-8 with a man-up goal with 2:13 to go. The Colonials drew an ejection at the 1:08 mark, and eight seconds later Donoghue put GW back on top for good.

Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded 10 saves in the cage. Maddi Moore and Julie Conrath split time in goal for the Wildcats. Conrath made eight saves and allowed three goals, while Moore stopped three shots and allowed six scores.

Edwards led Villanova with six points on four goals and two assists, and added a team-high four steals.

The Colonials now have two weeks off before returning to the pool on Saturday, April 6, to take on CWPA Southern Division rival Harvard and VMI in Princeton, N.J.

GW 9, Villanova 8
VU - 3-1-2-2--8
GW - 5-2-1-1--9

GW Goals: Donoghue 4, Cox 3, Brolley 2
GW Assists: Moreland 4, Bentley 3, Littlejohn 2, Donoghue 1
GW Steals: Moreland 6, Brolley 4, Hurd 1, Dickson 1, Cox 1, Littlejohn 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Cox 3, Brolley 1, Sandri 1
GW Saves: Vilander 10
GW Power Play: 3-for-5
GW Shots: 9-for-14

Villanova Goals: Edwards 4, Penkal 2, Shibata 1, Ishida 1
Villanova Assists: Edwards 2, Ishida 2, Shibata 1
Villanova Steals: Edwards 4, Ishida 3, Penkal 2, Shibata 1, Ryan 1, Moore 1, Conrath 1
Villanova Ejections Drawn: Ishida 3, Shibata 2, Penkal 2, Ng 2, Peachey 1, Edwards 1
Villanova Saves: Moore 3, 16:00 (6 goals allowed), Conrath 8, 16:00 (3 goals allowed)
Villanova Power Play: 3-for-8
Villanova Shots: 8-for-29

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