Late Rally Falls Short in GW Women's Water Polo 11-9 Loss to Harvard
Bentley Scores Four Goals, Sets Single-Season Points Record
April 27, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The George Washington women's water polo team scored five straight goals to end the game, but it was not enough to overcome an 11-4 deficit, and the seventh-seeded Colonials fell to sixth-seeded Harvard, 11-9, on the second day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium.
GW (16-16) will battle eighth-seeded Bucknell for seventh place on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Colonials and Bison have faced off three times already this season, with GW winning all three matchups.
With seven points against the Crimson, junior Rachael Bentley topped her own school record for points in a season with 106; she set the previous mark at 99 in 2012.
Bentley gave the Colonials a quick 1-0 lead with a man-up goal just 33 seconds into action. After Harvard tallied twice in a 37-second span to take a 2-1 lead, freshman Erin Donoghue tied it up on another power play goal with 2:26 left in the first half. The Crimson again scored back-to-back goals to go up, 4-2, before Bentley sliced GW's deficit in half with her second man-up tally of the game with 40 seconds left in the period.
The teams traded goals to start the second quarter, but a Harvard goal by Aisha Price sparked a six-goal run for the Crimson that spanned three periods. Harvard led, 7-4, at halftime, and 10-4 after three quarters.
The Crimson added another goal 1:02 into the fourth before a power play goal by Donoghue ignited a 5-0 surge, including three goals in a 55-second span. Junior Megan Brolley found the back of the net with 21 seconds left to pull the Colonials within two, 11-9, but they could get no closer.
Bentley's seven points came on four goals and three assists, and she added three ejections drawn. Two of her goals came in extra-man situations and her final tally came on a five-meter penalty shot. Both of Donoghue's goals also came on power plays. In addition, sophomore Meagan Moreland moved into a tie for third place on GW's single-season list with her 39th assist.
Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander finished with eight saves in the game.
Harvard 11, GW 9
GW Goals: Bentley 4, Donoghue 2, Berry 1, Moreland 1, Brolley 1
Harvard Goals: A. Price 4, S. Price 2, Frayer 2, Anderson 1, Hendrix 1, Grabb 1