GW Women's Water Polo Falls to No. 12 Princeton, 13-9
Tigers Take Control with 7-1 Second Quarter
March 30, 2012
WASHINGTON - Senior Megan Walker and sophomore Megan Brolley combined for seven goals, but 12th-ranked Princeton outscored George Washington, 7-1, in the second quarter and defeated the Colonials women's water polo team, 13-9, in a CWPA Southern Division matchup on Friday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
The Tigers (21-3) opened the game with a quick goal by Saranna Soroka just 33 seconds into play, but GW (7-9) responded with four straight goals, including two by Walker, to take a 4-1 lead with 2:23 to go in the period.
Sixteen seconds later, Princeton's Jessie Holechek made it 4-2, and the momentum carried into the second stanza, as the Tigers opened the quarter with five straight goals, including three in the first 1:37, to take a 7-4 lead. Sophomore Allison Littlejohn broke up Princeton's streak with a goal at the 2:35 mark, but the Tigers scored twice in the final minute and led, 9-5, at halftime.
Neither team found the back of the net for nearly five minutes to start the third period, but Princeton eventually tallied twice in a span of 1:05 to take a game-high six-goal lead, 11-5, before Brolley's second goal of the game came with 32 seconds remaining.
The Tigers scored two of the first three goals of the fourth quarter to regain a six-goal advantage, 13-7, but Walker tallied the final two goals of the game for the 13-9 final.
Walker added a team-high five ejections drawn to her four goals, while Brolley had two steals to go with her hat trick. Senior Monica Hanson and sophomore Rachael Bentley each recorded a team-best three assists.
Freshman goalie Chandler Vilander made five saves in the cage.
Katie Rigler led the Tigers with four goals, while Soroka tallied three.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they host Southern Division rivals Harvard at 1:30 p.m. and Mercyhurst at 5:30 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Prior to GW's game against the Lakers, the Colonials will honor Walker and Hanson in a Senior Day ceremony.
Princeton 13, GW 9
Princeton Goals: Rigler 4, Soroka 3, McBee 2, Holechek 2, Zak 1, Gross 1