Women's Water Polo Falls to Maryland, 5-4, in Overtime
March 31, 2010
WASHINGTON - Sophomore Allison Peotter scored three goals in the second half to help George Washington force overtime, but Ally Beck converted a penalty shot 1:20 into the extra session to give Maryland a 5-4 victory in CWPA Southern Division women's water polo action at Smith Center Pool Wednesday night.
Donning pink caps in support of the GW Women's Athletics Thinks Pink Initiative, the Colonials nearly gritted out their first win over the defending league champion Terrapins in 11 meetings in a contest that featured 21 ejections.
However, it was an ejection and subsequent rolling of senior Marissa Stamler early in overtime which set up Beck's game-winning five-meter shot. The Colonials had three solid scoring opportunities in the final three minutes of overtime, but Terrapins' goalkeeper Rachel Stein saved a pair of sophomore Megan Walker shots - one on a man-advantage - and Peotter's last-second shot clanged off the right post for the 5-4 final margin.
GW didn't score until 29 seconds remained in the first half and trailed 3-1 at intermission, going 1-for-6 on the man-advantage over the opening 16 minutes. Peotter cut the deficit to 3-2 on a man-up goal at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter, but Maryland regained its two-goal cushion on Simone Lewis' goal 44 seconds later.
Peotter again sliced into the hole with another man-up tally from Stamler with 5:09 to play, then knotted the game at 4-4 on the man-advantage with 2:33 remaining.
Maryland (12-11, 1-1 CWPA Southern Division) turned the ball over on a man-up with less than two minutes left, but the Colonials failed to take advantage. Senior Sarah Fitch had a shot deflect off the left post into goal with 10 seconds left, but the ball didn't cross the goal plane and the teams went into overtime.
Peotter added three steals to her hat trick, while Stamler chipped in a trio of assists and steals. Walker finished with a goal, steal and four ejections drawn. Junior goalkeeper Charlotte Schou stopped nine shots.
The Colonials shot 4-for-22 overall, 4-of-12 on the man-advantage, while the Terrapins converted 2-of-6 man-up opportunities.
GW (7-11, 0-3 CWPA Southern Division) returns to action at Princeton Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 pm.
WWP: Maryland 5, GW 4 (OT)
UMD - 1 - 2 - 1 - 0 - 1 -- 5
UMD goals - Powers 2, Campbell, Lewis, Beck
GW goals - Walker, Peotter 3