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.
|Notre Dame College||1||2||3||3||--||9|
|George Washington University||5||8||1||6||--||20|
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
Women's Water Polo Ready for CWPA Play
George Washington women's water polo kicks off Collegiate Water Polo Association play this weekend with four games, including three against ranked opponents,...
Women's Water Polo's Ponce Named Rookie of the Week
George Washington's Alana Ponce has been named Collegiate Water Polo Association Rookie of the Week.
Women's Water Polo Falls to No. 22 Harvard
George Washington women’s water polo came up short against No. 22 Harvard, 14-8, on Sunday in its weekend finale at Stokes Natatorium.
Women's Water Polo Splits vs. CWPA Foes
George Washington women’s water polo split a pair of games against Collegiate Water Polo Association competition on Saturday at Stokes Natatorium.
Women's Water Polo Set for CWPA Foes
George Washington women’s water polo heads to Saint Francis (Pa.) this weekend for three games against Collegiate Water Polo Association competition.
Hallahan Reaches Milestone in Women’s Water Polo Sweep
Scarlett Hallahan tallied five goals and three assists during a doubleheader Saturday to become GW women’s water polo’s all-time points leader.
Women's Water Polo Travels to VMI
George Washington women's water polo heads to VMI on Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader at Clark King Pool in Lexington, Va.
Women's Water Polo's Bleiberg Named Rookie of the Week
George Washington’s Dara Bleiberg has been named the Collegiate Water Polo Association Rookie of the Week, the league announced Wednesday.