Colonials Split Two League Matches

April 9, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's water polo team (11-12, 4-3 CWPA Southern) split its two CWPA Southern Division matches on Saturday, April 9 at the Charles E. Smith Athletics Center Pool. The Colonials began the day with an 18-7 triumph over Division II Salem International, but lost to No. 15 Princeton, 12-10.

Sophomore Morgan Hooker netted five goals on day, raising her team-leading total to 38.

GW opened the game versus Salem with a 5-0 scoring run, capped by a Greta Pedraza tally with 2:16 left to go in the first quarter. Marta Kuzmanovic got Salem on the scoreboard with a goal at the 1:12 mark, but the Colonials led by four, 6-2, after the first period. The Tigers kept it a four-goal game, matching the Colonials goal for goal in the second period as GW took a 9-5 lead at the half.

GW's offense took it up a notch in the second half, outscoring the Tigers, 9-2. The Colonials opened the third quarter with goals by freshman Kathryn Shehan and sophomore Jenna Burnett forcing Salem to burn a timeout with 3:17 to go in the period. The Colonials continued their hot shooting after the timeout, scoring two the period's final three goals to increase their advantage to 13-6 after three quarters. In the fourth period, GW scored four times before allowing a goal by the Tigers' Salem McVoy, but freshman Faith Goss closed the scoring, netting a goal with 14 seconds left to provide the winning margin.

Senior captain Taraneh Bastani led GW with three goals in the match, including two in the fourth quarter. Hooker contributed two scores, as did Pedraza, sophomore Alessia Dinkel, and freshman Theresa Lamontagne. Sophomore Kaitlin Buttler-Ricketts made six saves in the cage for GW.



Kuzmanovic paced the Tigers with three goals and Desanka Filopovic scored twice. Milena da Silva made two saves in goal.

Against nationally-ranked Princeton, GW trailed 8-6 in the third quarter before goals by senior captain Kendra Shanley and freshman Erin Bailey knotted the game at eight after three quarters. Princeton began the fourth period with three straight goals, including two by Elyse Colgan, the nation's leading goals scorer, to go ahead 11-8. GW closed the gap to two, 11-9, at the 3:38 mark on a tally by Goss, but that's as close as it would get the rest of the way.

The Colonials never led against Princeton, but played them tough the entire match. The contest was tied, 1-1, after the first quarter and the Tigers led by just a single goal, 5-4, at the half.

Hooker led GW with three goals against Princeton and Burnett and Shanley each added two.

Colgan finished with six scores for Princeton and Jazmin Brown chipped in two markers.

The Colonials will host league foe Bucknell on Sunday, April 10 at 11:00 a.m.

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