GW Women's Water Splits on First Day of CWPA Eastern Championship

Megan Brolley tallied seven points on the first day of the Eastern Championship.

April 26, 2013

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The seventh-seeded George Washington women's water polo team outscored 10th-seeded Gannon, 6-1, in the fourth quarter to break open a one-goal game and defeat the Golden Knights, 13-7, in the first round of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship on Friday afternoon at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium. The Colonials dropped their second match of the day, 16-3, to second-seeded and 11th-ranked Princeton.

GW (16-15) will face sixth-seeded Harvard on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

With three points against Gannon, junior Rachael Bentley matched her own single-season school record with 99 points; she originally set the mark in 2012.

Leading, 7-6, after three quarters of play, the Colonials exploded for six goals over the final eight minutes. Junior Megan Brolley got the scoring started just 1:14 into the period, and Bentley followed with an extra-man goal 1:41 later. After Gannon's Katelyn Jacobs found the back of the net at the 4:50 mark to make it 9-7, GW rattled off four straight goals over a span of 1:23, including three in a row by freshman Erin Donoghue, for the 13-7 win.

The teams traded goals throughout the first half. Gannon led, 3-2, at the end of the first quarter, then took a 4-2 lead early in the second before junior Allison Littlejohn scored the final goal of the half at the 4:52 mark. The Golden Knights led, 4-3, at the break.

After spending most of the first half on the bench with two fouls, Donoghue quickly made her presence felt at the start of the third quarter, tying the game on a man-up goal just 13 seconds into the period. Brolley then gave the Colonials their first lead of the game at the 4:42 mark, and Bentley put GW up by two, 6-4, with a counterattack goal 30 seconds later before Gannon tallied its first goal of the second half.



In all, the Colonials outscored the Golden Knights, 10-3, in the second half.

Brolley paced GW with six points on four goals and two assists, and she added a steal and three ejections drawn. All four of her goals came on the counterattack. Donoghue also scored four goals in the game, all in the second half, and sophomore Meagan Moreland tallied four points on two goals and two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded 11 saves.

In the second match of the day, defending Eastern champion Princeton jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Brolley put the Colonials on the board for the first time at the 6:05 mark of the second quarter, but the Tigers responded with four straight goals to take a 10-1 halftime lead.

Princeton extended its lead to 13-1 with the first three goals of the third quarter before junior Erin Dickson scored a man-up tally with 4.5 seconds left in the period. Moreland notched the first goal of the fourth quarter to make it 13-3 with 5:35 to go before the Tigers scored the final three goals of the game for the 16-3 win.

Sophomore Mikaela Pyrch paced the Colonials with a pair of assists and steals. Donoghue also had two steals and two ejections drawn. Vilander made six saves in the cage.

GW 13, Gannon 7
GW - 2-1-4-6--13
GU - 3-1-2-1--7

GW Goals: Brolley 4, Donoghue 4, Moreland 2, Bentley 2, Littlejohn 1
GW Assists: Brolley 2, Moreland 2, Berry 2, Vilander 2, Bentley 1, Littlejohn 1, Hurd 1, Pyrch 1, Sandri 1
GW Steals: Littlejohn 2, Brolley 1, Pyrch 1, Sandri 1, Vilander 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Brolley 3, Bentley 2, Sandri 2, Moreland 1, Littlejohn 1, Pyrch 1
GW Saves: Vilander 11

Gannon Goals: Lazenby 2, McDaniels 1, Gadd 1, Rzymek 1, Steininger 1, Jacobs 1
Gannon Saves: Bartman 12

No. 11 Princeton 16, GW 3
GW - 0-1-1-1--3
PU - 6-4-3-3--16

GW Goals: Brolley 1, Dickson 1, Moreland 1
GW Assists: Pyrch 2, Littlejohn 1
GW Steals: Pyrch 2, Donoghue 2, Brolley 1, Sandri 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Brolley 2, Donoghue 2, Moreland 1, Dickson 1
GW Saves: Vilander 6

Princeton Goals: Murphy 4, Soroka 3, Temple 3, Holechek 2, McBee 1, Dunstan 1, Gross 1, Hooks 1
GW Saves: Johnson 8