GW Women's Water Polo Places Fifth at Southern Division Championship
Colonials Defeat Mercyhurst, 12-4, with Strong Defensive Effort
April 15, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The George Washington women's water polo team used a strong defensive effort to defeat Mercyhurst, 12-4, on Sunday morning at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium to take fifth place at the CWPA Southern Division Championship.
GW (10-14) scored the first two goals of the game, but the Lakers tied it with 1:36 to go in the first quarter before freshman Meagan Moreland put the Colonials on top for good with 25 seconds left in the period. She sparked a 10-0 run that spanned all four quarters, as GW held Mercyhurst without a goal for 20:38.
With GW ahead, 12-2, the Lakers finally ended their scoreless drought with 3:11 to play in the game, and they scored the final goal of the contest, as well, to account for the 12-4 final.
Senior Megan Walker led the Colonials with five goals, while sophomore Rachael Bentley scored twice. Sophomore Megan Brolley recorded an outstanding all-around effort with a goal, three assists, five steals and three swim-offs won. Freshman goalkeeper Chandler Vilander tallied four saves in the game.
"It was a great defensive effort by the team, putting the clamps down and not giving Mercyhurst any easy opportunities in the game whatsoever," head coach Scott Reed said.
Top-seeded and 14th-ranked Princeton defeated No. 3 seed Brown, 9-8, in the Southern Division championship game, while No. 2 seed Harvard defeated fourth-seeded Bucknell, 15-7, to claim third place.
GW 12, Mercyhurst 4
GW Goals: Walker 5, Bentley 2, Berry 1, Moreland 1, Hanson 1, Littlejohn 1