Women's Water Polo Erupts for Season-High Tally in 20-9 Rout of NDC at Easterns
Senior Megan Walker Sets Career High with Six Goals; GW to Play for Ninth Place
April 28, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Nine different Colonials scored goals, paced by senior Megan Walker's game- and career-high six, as George Washington women's water polo rolled past Notre Dame College (OH), 20-9, at the CWPA Eastern Championship at Brown's Coleman Aquatics Center on Saturday.
No. 9 seed GW advances to play 10th-seeded Mercyhurst in the ninth-place game of Easterns on Sunday at 10:30 am. The Lakers defeated No. 11 seed Gannon, 6-4, earlier on Saturday.
The 20 goals marked a season-high for GW (11-15) and are the second-most ever scored by a Colonials' team in program history, trailing only the 23 scored against Boston University in 2001. Walker's six goals, which earned her Player of the Game honors, equaled the third-most by a player in program history and gives her 49 for the season and 151 for her career, good for fourth all-time at GW.
The Colonials were also led by sophomore Rachael Bentley's seven points on three goals and four assists, which increases her single-season record assist total to 47 this spring. Sophomore Katherine Berry (4g/2a) and Allison Littlejohn (2g/4a) matched Walker with six points, while Littlejohn led GW with three of the team's 14 steals. Sophomore Megan Brolley added a goal and drew a team-best five ejections. Walker drew a pair of penalties and ejections, which upped her second-best career ejections total to 204.
Freshman goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made nine saves before giving way to classmate Jessie Sinkula with a 17-7 lead with 3:33 remaining.
GW took full advantage of its man-up opportunities - converting 8-of-11 chances, including three in the opening period and five before halftime - as well as a trio of five-meter penalty goals from Berry, to cruise in its first-ever meeting against NDC (6-18). Walker netted a hat trick in the first quarter en route to her career-best effort, the Colonials built a 13-3 lead by intermission and the cushion never dipped below eight over the final 16 minutes.
GW Assists: Bentley 4, Littlejohn 4, Berry 2, Vilander 2, Hurd, Hanson, Dickson, Marshall
GW Steals: Littlejohn 3, Berry 2, Moreland 2, Hanson 2, Hurd, Pyrch, Brolley, Walker, Dickson
GW Ejections Drawn: Brolley 5, Walker 2, Hurd, Pyrch, Bentley
GW Penalties Drawn: Walker 2, Moreland
GW Field Blocks: Bentley
Notre Dame Goals: Gina-Bella Mata'afa (4); Demi Barrett; Lucinda Darvell; Kanoe Lyons; Michelle Berrios; Elena Williams
Saves: GW - Chandler Vilander (9) ; Notre Dame - Victoria Cliff (1)
Exclusions: GW - 6 ; Notre Dame - 14
Advantage Opportunities: GW - 7-for-14 ; Notre Dame - 1-for-6
Sprints: GW - 3-for-4 (Moreland 2, Brolley) ; Notre Dame - 1-for-4 (Third)
Officials: Perry Korbaks, Humberto Navarro