Women's Water Polo Extends Winning Streak with Victories Over Iona, St. Francis
March 27, 2006
NEW ROCHELLE & BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, NY - The George Washington University women's water polo team extended its season best four-game winning streak with a pair of victories on the road against Iona, 9-5, on Friday, March 24 and St. Francis College, 6-5, on Saturday, March 25. Sophomore Greta Pedraza (Miami, FL) and junior Jenna Burnett (Lake Forest, CA) led the Colonials offensively against the Gaels, while a balanced all-around attack carried GW over St. Francis as it evened its overall record to 8-8 on the season.
On Friday against Iona, the game proved to be a defensive battle in the first half. The Colonials led 1-0 after the first period and scored twice more in the second to hold a 3-1 advantage at halftime. Pedraza accounted for all three Colonials' goals, while Burnett was credited with the assist on each score.
In the third period, the Gaels rallied to score four unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead, but GW answered back with two goals before the quarter ended to tie the game at 5-5. The Colonials momentum would carry over into the fourth as they outscored Iona, 4-0, to clinch the victory at 9-5. Pedraza finished with a career-high four goals, while Burnett had a career-best five assists. Sophomore Julie Jacoby (Coral Gables, FL) recorded seven saves in net.
Playing its second game in two days on Saturday against St. Francis, GW struggled offensively as it finished the contest just 6-of-31 from the field. The scoring went back-and-fourth through the first two quarters as each team scored a goal in the first and two each in the second to make it 3-3 at intermission.
In the third period, the Terriers took a one-goal lead and held a 5-4 advantage heading into the final quarter. But, GW rallied once again tying the game at 5-5 with 2:00 remaining in the fourth, and sophomore Rebecca Stein (San Diego, CA) scored the game-winning goal with just :52 left to give the Colonials the win. Stein and junior Morgan Hooker (Woodland Hills, CA) each scored two goals to pace GW, while sophomores Erin Bailey (Ann Arbor, MI) and Sarah Stimson (Alamo, CA) each scored once.
The Colonials (8-8) take their four-match winning streak on the road at the ECAC Championship on Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2, in College Park, MD. Seedings for the championship will be announced on Monday, March 27.