Women's Water Polo Finishes Seventh at Eastern Championship
April 29, 2003
CAMBRIDGE, MA - Women's water polo split four closely-contested matches at the Eastern Championship in Cambridge, MA on the Harvard University campus to record their best finish in program history, placing seventh of a field of 12.
GW (18-13) faced Wagner in their first match of the championship, battling down to the wire in a contest that was tied, 5-5, after three quarters. Kira Canon scored two of her team-high four goals in the fourth quarter to help the Colonials edge the Seahawks 7-6.
The Colonials took on the eventual winner of the Eastern Championship, Indiana in their second match. GW would fall victim to nine man-up advantages by the Hoosiers who converted five of the power plays for scores. Trailing 5-3 at half, the Colonials were unable to catch IU, allowing four second-half scores and falling 9-6. Kendra Shanley scored twice to lead GW.
GW would also lose by a slim margin in their next match versus host Harvard. After falling behind 2-0 after the first quarter, and 3-1 by halftime, the Colonials would score four goals in the third quarter to cut The Crimson's lead to a single score, 6-5. However, GW could not complete the rally, as Harvard outscored the Colonials 3-2 in the final stanza. Vanessa Fravel led GW with three scores and Canon added two goals in the loss.
The Colonials rebounded in their final match of the championship versus Bucknell. Entering the match GW led the lifetime series 9-3, and would continue their dominance over the Bison in this contest. BU took control of the match in the first half, taking a 4-3 lead into the break. The Colonials would respond with a strong showing in the second half, outscoring the Bison 5-2 to take the 8-6 victory and claim seventh place overall.
Adrienne Taylor, Elisabeth Schweitzer and Canon all scored twice to lead a balanced attack against the Bison. Goalkeeper Amy Heinemann would have a strong match, blocking seven shots, including four in the fourth quarter.