Women's Water Polo Places Fourth at Southern Championships
Colonials Strong Finish Secures Spot in Eastern Championships
VILLANOVA, PA (April 22, 2002) - The Colonials took two of four matches over the weekend, placing fourth overall in the Southern Championships which earned them a berth in the Eastern Championships.
George Washington (16-7, 7-2) faced Bucknell in an evening match on Friday, April 19, edging the Bison, 12-11 in a hard-fought match. The Colonials fell behind early in the game when Bucknell got on the board just 26 seconds into the first quarter. GW would respond 15 just seconds later when junior Ashley Pyka (El Toro, CA/El Toro) laced a goal past the Bison keeper to tie the match at 1-1.
The Bison kept the Colonials at bay, taking the lead four times in the period. GW struck back when juniors Adriannne Taylor (Lansdale, PA/North Penn) and Juli Marhefka (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) netted back-to-back goals to give the Colonials their first lead of the match, 5-4. Bucknell would tie the game at five goals apiece, but a buzzer-beating score by Marhefka with one second on the clock gave GW the 6-5 lead after one quarter.
The Bison would tie the game, 6-6 early in the second quarter, but scores by sophomore Vanessa Fravel (Caroal Gables, FL/Gulliver Preparatory) and freshman Kendra Shanley gave the Colonials their largest lead of the game, 8-6. The two teams would battle back and forth, tying the game two more times in the final two periods before sophomore Mia Fabian (Millersville, MD/Old Mill) scored the winning goal with 4:37 left in the match and gave GW the 12-11 victory.
In their next match of the championship, the Colonials would give Grove City a rude awakening in an early contest on Saturday, April 20, blowing the Wolverines out of the pool, 16-4, behind four goals from Fravel. The game would never be in question, as GW outscored Grove City 10-2 in the first half. Fabian added three goals while Pyka and junior Michelle Cuozzo (Hamden, CT, Hamden) added two goals apiece.
Defensive struggles doomed the Colonials in their third game of the championship, as the Princeton Tigers proved to have too much firepower for GW to handle. The Colonials, already weakened on defense from the loss of senior Beth Kuhl to injury, were unable to contain the Tigers who put up 16 goals to GW's eight for the game. Fabian and Marhfka led the Colonials with two scores each.
In their final match of the championship, the Colonials were unable to recover from an early deficit versus Indiana, falling behind 6-3 at the half. GW would trim the lead to 7-5 halfway through the third quarter, but Indiana would score five unanswered goals to put the match out of reach, and down the Colonials 16-7.
The Colonials will spend the week preparing for the Eastern Championships, which will be held from Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, in Princeton, NJ. The championship schedule will be released later today.
GW vs. Bucknell
Goals: Shanley 3, Fabian 2, Fravel 2, Marhefka 2, Pyka 2, Taylor.
GW vs. Grove City
Goals: Fravel 4, Fabian 3, Allen 2, Cuozzo 2, Pyka 2, Bastani, Kuhl, Shanley.
GW vs. Princeton
Goals: Fabian 2, Marhefka 2, Johnson, Pyka, Shanley, Taylor.
GW vs. Indiana
Goals: Fabian 3, Johnson 3, Pyka,