GW Women's Water Polo Holds On for 12-10 Win Over VMI on Senior Day
Brolley Leads Colonials with Three Goals
April 20, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team survived a late VMI rally and held on to defeat the Keydets, 12-10, on Saturday evening in the home finale at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Junior Katherine Berry gave GW (15-14) a quick 1-0 lead just 32 seconds into the game, but VMI (12-22) tied it up 25 seconds later before the Colonials rattled off three straight goals, including two from junior Rachael Bentley and one from freshman Erin Donoghue, to take a three-goal lead, 4-1, with 3:16 left in the first quarter. VMI's Celine Lazzaro tallied her second goal of the game with 42 seconds left in the period to make it 4-2 after one.
Caitlyn Jackson found the back of the cage for the Keydets just 11 seconds into the second quarter and VMI scored four of the first six goals of the stanza to tie the game at 6-6, but Berry and junior Allison Littlejohn tallied the last two goals of the half to send GW into the break with an 8-6 lead.
The Colonials outscored the Keydets, 2-1, in the third quarter to take a 10-7 advantage, and Littlejohn gave GW a game-high four-goal lead with the first goal of the fourth period. But VMI rallied midway through the final quarter, scoring three straight to pull within one, 11-10, with 3:23 to go before junior Megan Brolley put the game away with her third goal with just 1:03 remaining. The Colonials were able to run out the clock from there and held on for the 12-10 victory.
Brolley notched a hat trick to lead the Colonials, while Bentley, Berry, Donoghue and Littlejohn tallied two goals apiece. Bentley added an assist for three points, and sophomore Meagan Moreland also recorded three points on a goal and two helpers. Donoghue chipped in three steals and three ejections drawn, as well, and sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made 10 saves in the cage.
Lazzaro, Jackson and Perkins each scored three goals to pace the Keydets.
The Colonials next head to Ann Arbor, Mich., for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship at the University of Michigan April 26-28. Seventh-seeded GW opens against 10th-seeded Gannon on Friday at 11:20 a.m.
GW 12, VMI 10
GW Goals: Brolley 3, Berry 2, Donoghue 2, Littlejohn 2, Bentley 2, Moreland 1
VMI Goals: Lazzaro 3, Jackson 3, Perkins 3, Zabala 1