Women's Water Polo Falls in Defensive Struggle at Maryland, 6-4
April 6, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, MD - A late fourth quarter surge by the University of Maryland proved to be the difference Wednesday evening, as the Terps scored three times in the final period to defeat the George Washington women's water polo team, 6-4, at the Campus Recreation Center Natatorium. Junior co-captain Morgan Hooker (Woodland Hills, CA) scored two goals to lead the Colonials' attack.
After Maryland scored the first goal of the game, GW controlled the rest of the half as it quickly countered with a goal of its own in the first quarter and held a 2-1 advantage at halftime.
In the third, the Colonials offense stepped up as they scored a pair of goals to take a 4-2 lead midway through the quarter. But with just :05 seconds remaining in the period, the Terps scored a late goal to trim the deficit to a single score.
Maryland carried its momentum over into the fourth quarter, taking advantage of a costly GW turnover to tie the game at 4-4 with 2:30 to play. From that point, the Terps defense began to take control creating turnovers leading to offensive opportunities and eventually the game-winning score, which came just :28 later. Maryland sealed the victory with an insurance goal with :18 left for the final margin.
Aside from Hooker's two scores, junior Jenna Burnett (Lake Forest, CA) and sophomore Erin Bailey (Ann Arbor, MI) each scored once to pace GW. Senior co-captain Amy Heinemann (N. Miami Beach, FL) recorded five saves in net.
The Colonials (10-11) are back in the pool when they host Bucknell on Saturday, April 8, at 1:30 p.m. at Smith Center Pool.