GW Women's Water Polo Splits at Southern Division Championship
Colonials to Play Harvard for Third Place on Sunday
April 13, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The fourth-seeded George Washington women's water polo team rallied to defeat fifth-seeded Bucknell, 8-7, before falling to top-seeded and 12th-ranked Princeton, 16-2, in round robin play at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship on Saturday at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center.
GW (14-13) will take on Harvard for third place on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Bucknell took a 3-1 lead after the first quarter and led, 4-3, at halftime, but the Colonials rallied to take a 6-5 lead in the third. GW extended its lead to 7-5 in the fourth quarter, but the Bison tied it up with a minute to go. The Colonials called timeout and set up a play, and junior Megan Brolley scored the game-winner with 43 seconds left.
"It was an overall outstanding performance from start to finish," said head coach Scott Reed. "We didn't cave in; we kept going after them, kept chipping away."
Freshman Erin Donoghue led the Colonials with four goals, while junior Allison Littlejohn scored two. Brolley tallied one goal and three steals, and junior Katherine Berry chipped in a goal and three field blocks. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded five saves including a penalty block.
Princeton jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first quarter in the nightcap and never looked back. The Colonials held the Tigers to just one goal in the second but trailed, 7-1, at halftime. Princeton outscored GW, 9-1, in the second half for the 16-2 victory.
Junior Rachael Bentley scored both of GW's goals in the game. Littlejohn recorded four steals, and Vilander recorded six saves in the cage.
GW 8, Bucknell 7
GW - 1-2-3-2--8
BU - 3-1-1-2--7
GW Goals: Donoghue 4, Littlejohn 2, Berry 1, Brolley 1
No. 12 Princeton 16, GW 2
GW Goals: Bentley 2