Women's Water Polo Rolls Mercyhurst, 13-6, to Take Ninth at Easterns
April 29, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - George Washington women's water polo jumped out to a 4-0 lead and used a 5-1 run in the fourth quarter to ease past Mercyhurst in the ninth-place game of the CWPA Eastern Championship at Brown's Coleman Aquatic Center on Sunday morning.
Sophomore Rachael Bentley finished with three goals and three assists for a team-high six points. She finishes 2012 with 49 goals, 50 assists and 99 points to set single-season program marks in assists and points. Sophomore Megan Brolley also netted a hat trick and was named Player of the Game.
GW closes the 2012 season at 12-15 overall after going 2-1 and earning ninth place at Easterns. Mercyhurst wraps its season at 12-19.
Bentley and classmate Katherine Berry each scored twice in the opening 4:34 of the game to spot GW an early four-goal lead. The Colonials held off the Lakers over the second and third periods before using a dominant fourth quarter to pull away.
Mercyhurst closed within 5-3 after the opening quarter, but freshman Meagan Moreland and sophomore Megan Brolley both scored to re-open a four-goal cushion at 7-3 in the second quarter. The Lakers got within three at halftime and again at 8-5 on Lisett Calderon's five-meter penalty with 2:14 left in the third quarter.
The Colonials exploded with four unanswered goals to start the final period, including two from Brolley and the final two career goals from senior Megan Walker, for a comfortable 13-5 advantage with less than a minute to play. Walker's two goals increased her career total to 153, which ranks fourth all-time in program history. She added a team-high four steals and six ejections drawn, bringing her second-best career ejections drawn total to 210. Senior Monica Hanson chipped in two goals and two assists in her final collegiate game.
Freshman goalie Chandler Vilander made two saves as her and the Colonials' defense limited the Lakers to just 1-of-8 on the man-advantage, while GW converted 5-of-10 man-up chances and 13-of-24 shots.
GW is slated to return 12 players to its 2013 roster, including three-time CWPA First Team All-South selection Allison Peotter, who missed the 2012 season while rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
GW Assists: Bentley 3, Berry 2, Moreland 2, Walker 2, Hanson 2, Pyrch, Vilander
GW Steals: Walker 4, Berry 3, Bentley 2, Brolley 2, Littlejohn 2, Hanson
GW Ejections Drawn: Walker 6, Berry, Bentley, Brolley
Mercyhurst Goals: Lisett Calderon (4); Kimberly
Goodhart; Laura Perez
Saves: GW - Chandler Vilander (2) ; Mercyhurst - Hope Rozelle (5)
Exclusions: GW - 8 ; Mercyhurst - 10
Advantage Opportunities: GW - 5-for-10 ; Mercyhurst - 1-for-8
Sprints: GW - 3-for-4 (First, Second, Third) ; Mercyhurst - 1-for-4 (Fourth)
Officials: Humberto Navarro, Josh