GW Women's Water Polo Splits Against Harvard, VMI

Meagan Moreland scored five goals in two games against Harvard and VMI.

April 6, 2013

PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington women's water polo team split a pair of contests on Saturday afternoon at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The Colonials fell to Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division rival Harvard, 12-6, then won the nightcap against VMI, 11-4.

Sophomore Meagan Moreland led GW (13-12, 2-3 Southern) with five goals on the day, while junior Megan Brolley added three.

Harvard (14-10, 3-1 Southern) scored five goals in the fourth quarter, including the first three of the period, to break open what had been a tightly contested game. The Crimson led, 6-3, at halftime. Harvard opened a four-goal lead, 7-3, in the third, but GW clawed back with the final two goals of the period to make it 7-5 at the end of three before the Crimson used its fourth-quarter surge to pull away for the 12-6 victory.

Junior Katherine Berry led the Colonials with two goals in the game, while Moreland, Brolley, freshman Erin Donoghue and junior Allison Littlejohn all tallied one. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made two saves.

It was GW with a fourth-quarter surge in the second game of the day against VMI, as the Colonials outscored the Keydets, 6-1, over the final eight minutes to break open a two-goal game and run away with the 11-4 win. GW limited VMI to just one goal in each period.

The match was tied, 2-2, with 5:36 to go in the second quarter, but GW regained its lead just 19 seconds later and held VMI off the board for the remainder of the half to take a 3-2 advantage at the intermission. The Colonials scored the opening two goals of the third quarter to take a three-goal lead before the Keydets tallied to make it 5-3 after three. GW then reeled off six unanswered goals to start the fourth period for an 11-3 advantage before VMI scored with just one second left to account for the 11-4 final score.



Moreland paced the Colonials with four goals while Brolley tallied two and Donoghue chipped in a goal and four assists for a game-high five points. Vilander recorded seven saves in the cage.

The Colonials return to action next weekend at the CWPA Southern Division Championship hosted by Brown University in Providence, R.I., on Saturday and Sunday.

Harvard 12, GW 6
GW - 2-1-2-1--6
HU - 2-4-1-5--12

GW Goals: Berry 2, Moreland 1, Brolley 1, Donoghue 1, Litteljohn 1
GW Saves: Vilander 2

Harvard Goals: A. Price 5, Hendrix 3, Cyr 1, Molnar 1, Frager 1, S. Price 1
Harvard Saves: Dukes 7

GW 11, VMI 4
GW - 1-2-2-6--11
VMI - 1-1-1-1--4

GW Goals: Moreland 4, Brolley 2, Colona 1, Zwick 1, Donoghue 1, Dickson 1, Cox 1
GW Saves: Vilander 7

VMI Goals: Jackson 2, Lazzaro 1, Reed 1
VMI Saves: Watkins 14