GW Women's Water Polo Splits with Harvard, Mercyhurst

Monica Hanson tallied six points (2g, 4a) on her Senior Day.

March 31, 2012

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team split a pair of games against Southern Division rivals Harvard and Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials dropped an 18-12 decision to the Crimson before knocking off the Lakers, 13-7.

Prior to the final game of the day, GW seniors Megan Walker and Monica Hanson were honored in a Senior Day ceremony.

Walker led the Colonials (8-10) with 11 points on the day, as she tallied five goals and six assists while adding five steals, three ejections drawn and two penalties drawn. Sophomore Rachael Bentley scored a team-high seven goals to go along with three assists for 10 points, and sophomore Katherine Berry finished with eight points on six goals and two helpers.

GW took a quick 1-0 lead over Harvard, as freshman Meagan Moreland found the back of the net after just 22 seconds of action. But the Crimson (12-9) responded with five straight to take a 5-1 lead before the Colonials tallied a pair of goals in the final 34 seconds of the first quarter.

The teams traded goals early in the second before Harvard began to pull away with a 5-2 run to end the half for an 11-6 lead at the break. The Crimson continued its spurt with the first two goals of the third quarter before the Colonials rallied for four straight, including two by Walker, to pull within three, 13-10.

But the fourth quarter was all Harvard, as the Crimson outscored the Colonials, 5-2, in the period. HU led 15-12 with 5:41 on the clock before back-to-back goals by Berry and Walker, but Harvard scored the final three tallies for the 18-12 win.

Berry led the Colonials with six points on four goals and two assists, while Bentley and Walker each notched hat tricks. Walker added two assists for five points, as well as two steals and two penalties drawn, and Bentley also recorded an assist and a steal.

Freshman goalie Chandler Vilander made six saves, while Ariel Dukes stopped six shots for the Crimson. Harvard was led offensively by Aisha Price, Lizzie Abbott and Devan Kennifer, who each tallied four goals.

In GW's second game of the day, Mercyhurst (7-14) took an early 2-1 lead, but Walker and Bentley tallied back-to-back goals to give the Colonials a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, and the hosts never looked back, leading 5-3 at halftime.

The Lakers pulled within one, 6-5, early in the third quarter, but GW pulled away with four of the final five goals of the period, including two by Berry, to take a 10-6 advantage. The Colonials tacked on three more in the fourth while holding Mercyhurst to just one for the 13-7 win.

Bentley (4g, 2a) and Walker (2g, 4a) each tallied six points to pace GW, and Walker added three steals and three ejections drawn.

Vilander recorded 12 saves in the cage, while Mercyhurst keeper Hope Rozelle stopped eight shots for the visitors. The Lakers were led offensively by Allie Grimes' hat trick.

The Colonials return to action on Friday, when they take on nationally ranked Michigan at 6 p.m. in College Park, Md.

Harvard 18, GW 12
HU - 5-6-2-5--18
GW - 3-3-4-2--12

Harvard Goals: A. Price 4, Abbott 4, Kennifer 4, Purcell 3, Molnar 1, Zdrojewski 1, Frager 1
Harvard Saves: Dukes 9

GW Goals: Berry 4, Bentley 3, Walker 3, Moreland 1, Hanson 1
GW Assists: Berry 2, Walker 2, Hanson 2, Bentley 1
GW Steals: Walker 2, Littlejohn 2, Brolley 2, Berry 1, Bentley 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Brolley 2, Littlejohn 1, Bentley 1
GW Penalties Drawn: Walker 2
GW Saves: Vilander 6

GW 13, Mercyhurst 7
MC - 2-1-3-1--7
GW - 3-2-5-3--13

Mercyhurst Goals: Grimes 3, Perez 2, Armstrong 1, Hersh 1
Mercyhurst Saves: Rozelle 8

GW Goals: Bentley 4, Berry 2, Walker 2, Moreland 2, Hurd 1, Pyrch 1, Hanson 1
GW Assists: Walker 4, Hanson 2, Bentley 2, Moreland 1
GW Steals: Walker 3, Vilander 2, Hanson 1, Hurd 1, Bentley 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Walker 3, Hurd 1, Bentley 1, Moreland 1
GW Saves: Vilander 12



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