GW Women's Water Polo Places Eighth at CWPA Eastern Championship
Colonials Fall to Bucknell, 7-6, in Final Minute
April 28, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Bucknell scored a man-up goal with 42 seconds remaining to break a 6-6 tie and defeat the George Washington women's water polo team, 7-6, in the seventh-place game of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship on Sunday afternoon at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium.
GW, which places eighth at the tournament, finishes the 2013 campaign with a 16-17 record, its most wins in a season since 2004, when the squad posted an 18-12 mark.
The seventh-seeded Colonials trailed, 5-3, after three quarters, but junior Megan Brolley snapped a scoreless drought of more than 17 minutes with her second goal of the game at the 6:02 mark of the fourth quarter. Brolley's tally sparked a 3-0 run for the Colonials, as junior Rachael Bentley tied the game 41 seconds later, and Brolley gave GW a 6-5 lead with 4:50 to play - the Colonials' first advantage since early in the second quarter.
Krystle Morgan knotted the score at 6-6 with 2:55 left, and after more than two minutes without a tally on either side, the Colonials were called for an ejection and Bucknell went on a power play with 44 seconds to go. Just two seconds later, Morgan found the back of the net with what proved to be the game-winner. GW had two opportunities in the final seconds but was unable to score.
A back-and-forth opening half saw the teams alternate the first six goals of the game. The Colonials led, 2-1, after the first quarter, but the eighth-seeded Bison scored the final two goals of the second, including one at the buzzer, to take a 4-3 halftime lead. Bucknell scored the lone tally of the third period to go up 5-3 before GW's fourth-quarter rally began.
Brolley notched a hat trick in the game and added two ejections drawn, while Bentley tallied five points on two goals and three assists to go with a pair of steals. She finishes the season with a school-record 61 assists and 111 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander made five saves in the game.
Bucknell 7, GW 6
GW - 2-1-0-3--6
BU - 1-3-1-2--7
GW Goals: Brolley 3, Bentley 2, Donoghue 1
Bucknell Goals: Valdes 2, Morgan 2, Barnett 1, Smith 1, Peterson 1