Women's Water Polo Places Fourth at Southern Division Championship

April 14, 2003

LEWISBURG, PA - George Washington topped host Bucknell 9-7 on their way to a fourth place finish at the Southern Division Championship, and a seed in the upcoming Eastern Championships in Cambridge, MA on April 25.

The Colonials (16-11) followed up a strong 19-4, victory over Washington & Jefferson on Friday, April 11, with a convincing 9-7 win over host Bucknell University. GW dominated early play, holding a 4-2 lead at half. The Bison rallied in the third quarter to take a 7-6 lead at the start of the final quarter, but the Colonials shut down Bucknell and scored three goals to take the 9-7 victory. Kira Canon led GW with three scores and Hienemann logged six saves on the match.

GW drew Michigan in the next round of the championship, struggling against the top seeded Wolverines, falling behind 7-1 by halftime. The Colonials would only muster one more score as UM handed GW their first loss of the championship, 14-2. Canon and Elisabeth Schweitzer accounted for GW's two goals.

The Colonials took on Princeton in their final match of the weekend, battling the Tigers through four quarters of play. GW trailed 2-1 at the half after shutting down the vaunted Princeton offense in the first quarter. However, the Tigers would break through in the third quarter, scoring four goals and holding the Colonials scoreless. GW could not rally in the fourth to overtake Princeton's lead, falling 9-3.

GW qualified for the Eastern Championship with their fourth-place showing, earning the seventh seed for the April 25th tournament.