Women's Water Polo Opens 2012 Campaign at Princeton Invitational

Senior Megan Walker

Feb. 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The George Washington women's water polo team opens its 2012 campaign with three games at the two-day Princeton Invitational on Feb. 11-12.

The Colonials begin the season on Saturday against Villanova at 10:30 a.m. The Colonials are 24-6 all-time against the Wildcats, who are 0-3 this season following losses to Iona, Harvard and New York Athletic Club last weekend.

GW will then face Brown at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The Bears, who also open the season this weekend, posted a 14-17 record in 2011. The Colonials conclude the weekend against Bucknell on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The Bison begin their season at the Princeton Invite as well, after going 13-18 a year ago.

All games will be played at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.

2012 GW Women's Water Polo Season Preview

With 12 returning letterwinners and nearly 94 percent of its scoring back from last season, the George Washington women's water polo team is poised to boast one of the top attacks in the Collegiate Water Polo Association in 2012.

Senior All-America candidate Allison Peotter enters her final year on pace to become GW's record-holder for career goals and points after already setting all-time marks in assists (107), steals (184) and swim-offs won (205). She is the only Colonial to earn CWPA First-Team All-South honors three times, and with a solid senior campaign, she could become the program's first-ever All-American.

Even with the all-around talent of Peotter, who recorded team-highs of 53 goals, 39 assists, 92 points and 54 steals, GW head coach Scott Reed will look for a more balanced attack this spring behind seniors Megan Walker and Monica Hanson and 10 talented underclassmen.



A Second-Team All-South selection, Walker finished second on the team in goals scored (45) and led the Colonials in ejections drawn (75) from her center position in 2011. Sophomore Rachael Bentley enjoyed a successful rookie season during which she ranked second on the team in assists (30) and third in goals (32), and she will lead a crop of eight second-year players.

Sophomore Megan Brolley and Erin Dickson and freshmen Meagan Moreland and Mikaela Pyrch will all help in the counterattack, while junior Jessie Hurd will provide aggressiveness on the perimeter.

The Colonials will need increased contributions from sophomore center defenders Katherine Berry, Allison Littlejohn and Kayley Marshall, all of whom will be playing in front of a freshman goalkeeper. Rookie Chandler Vilander will be asked to adjust quickly to the college game as she steps in for Charlotte Schou, the program's career saves leader who graduated last May.

Reed has also aimed to balance out the team's schedule in an effort to improve on last spring's 7-20 mark and eighth-place seeding at the CWPA Eastern Championship. GW will face CWPA South foes Bucknell and Brown on multiple occasions, as well as two meetings against MAAC rival Villanova. The Colonials will also play six games in four days in California during spring break, as well as host a trio of home conference games against Princeton, Harvard and Mercyhurst in late March.

GW wraps the final weekend of the regular season with a showdown against perennial CWPA power Michigan in preparation for April's Southern Division Championship at Bucknell and Eastern Championship at Brown.