Seniors Lead GW Women's Water Polo Against Harvard on Senior Day
Colonials Fall to Crimson, 10-8
March 29, 2014
WASHINGTON - Playing in the final home game of their careers, the George Washington women's water polo team's seniors combined to score all eight goals in a 10-8 loss to CWPA Southern Division rival Harvard on Senior Day at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Megan Brolley led the Colonials with three goals and an assist to go with three steals. Senior Katherine Berry scored twice and added an assist, two steals and three field blocks, and senior Erin Dickson also scored twice and tallied an assist. Senior Allison Littlejohn accounted for GW's final goal, and she added an assist and two steals.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter, with Brolley and Berry each scoring for GW (9-12, 0-2 Southern). Harvard led 3-2 after one. Brolley scored the Colonials' lone goal in a low-scoring second period that saw the Crimson take a 5-3 halftime lead.
GW tied the game early in the third quarter with back-to-back power play goals by Dickson and Littlejohn, but Harvard (12-13, 1-0 Southern) responded with two in a row to regain a two-goal advantage, 7-5, with 4:53 left in the period. Brolley completed her hat trick 1:17 later to make it 7-6, but the Crimson tallied an extra-man marker with 41 seconds left to take an 8-6 lead into the final frame.
Harvard's Shayna Price found the back of the cage early in the fourth quarter to give the Crimson a game-high three-goal lead, 9-6, before back-to-back tallies by Dickson and Berry pulled the Colonials within one, 9-8, with 4:37 remaining. GW, however, could not find the equalizer, and Price notched an insurance goal at the 3:05 mark to seal Harvard's 10-8 win.
Junior goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded four saves and three steals in the cage for the Colonials.
Yoshi Andersen led the Crimson with six goals, tallying six of Harvard's first seven goals of the game, including all three in the first quarter. Harvard goalie Ariel Dukes stopped seven shots.
Following the game against Harvard, GW defeated James Madison, 10-3, in an exhibition match.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, April 5, when they travel to Lewisburg, Pa., for a pair of Southern Division matches against Mercyhurst and Bucknell.
Harvard 10, GW 8
GW Goals: Brolley 3, Berry 2, Dickson 2, Littlejohn 1
Harvard Goals: Andersen 6, Price 2, Balding, Osborne