Women’s Water Polo Takes Regular Season Finale
Colonials downed Brown to earn No. 6 seed at CWPA Championship
PRINCETON, N.J. - George Washington women’s water polo edged Brown, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon in its regular season finale at Princeton’s DeNunzio Pool.Alana Ponce scored a game-high four goals to pace the Colonials, who beat the Bears for the first time since 2012 to earn the No. 6 seed in the upcoming CWPA Championship and a first-round matchup with third-seeded Hartwick.
In the first leg of Sunday’s doubleheader, GW fell to Bucknell, 13-5. The Buff and Blue finished the weekend 2-2 against CWPA foes, including a Saturday win over No. 19 Harvard, to close the regular season at 13-13 overall and 3-5 in conference play.
GW 8, Brown 7: After trailing most of the opening half, the Colonials flipped the script with an impressive third quarter.
GW tied it at 4 on Ponce’s goal three minutes into the second half and went ahead for the first time on another Ponce tally 35 seconds later. The Colonials outscored the Bears 4-1 in the period and stayed in front the rest of the way.
Ponce’s final goal made it 8-5 with 4:40 remaining, which proved enough cushion to claim the victory. There were only two seconds left when Brown made it a one-goal game.
Ponce posted an assist and three steals against Brown, in addition to her four goals, which pushed her team-leading total to 59 for her freshman season. The rest of GW’s offense came from seniors with Maddy Johnson, Erin McGeoy, Jacqueline Bywater and Maggie Ball providing goals.
Samantha Runyon came up with nine saves in the victory.
Bucknell 13, GW 5: The Bison outscored the Colonials, 6-1, after halftime to earn the victory.
GW pulled within 5-4 on Ponce’s goal with 3:39 left in the opening half, but Bucknell scored the final two goals before halftime and then locked down defensively after the break.
UP NEXT: GW has a break until the three-day CWPA Championship begins on Friday, April 27 at Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium. The Colonials are set to square off with Hartwick at 3 p.m. to open the tournament before facing either No. 2 Michigan or No. 7 Brown on Saturday. The full schedule is available here.
GW 8, Brown 7
GW Goals: Ponce 4, Johnson 1, McGeoy 1, Bywater 1, Ball 1.
GW Assists: Hallahan 2, Ponce 1, Heck 1, Jochim 1.
GW Steals: Ponce 3, Bywater 3, Heck 2, McGeoy 1, Johnson 1, Moaddeli 1.
GW Field Blocks: Moaddeli 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: McGeoy 3, Heck 3, Ponce 2, Johnson 1, Moaddeli 1.
GW Saves: Runyon 9.
Bucknell 13, GW 5
GW Goals: Ponce 2, Heck 1, Hallahan 1, Ball 1.
GW Assists: McGeoy 1, Bleiberg 1, Ball 1.
GW Steals: Ponce 3, Jochim 3, Ball 2, Goodell 1, Bywater 1, DeCicco 1, Moaddeli 1.
GW Field Blocks: DeCicco 2, Hallahan 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Ponce 1, Johnson 1, McGeoy 1, Jochim 1, Shaffer 1.
GW Saves: Runyon 7.
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