Women's Water Polo Ready for Princeton Invitational

Maddie Goodell and the Colonials face three ranked foes at the Princeton Invitational.
Maddie Goodell and the Colonials face three ranked foes at the Princeton Invitational.
Feb. 14, 2018

George Washington women's water polo is set for an early season test, facing three ranked opponents this weekend at the Princeton Invitational.

The Colonials (3-1) have matchups with No. 12 Wagner, No. 22 Princeton and No. 25 Marist scheduled over the next three days at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J. They start the event Friday night at 6:45 p.m. against Iona.

LAST TIME OUT: Making its debut under head coach Barry King, GW picked up three wins in four games to open the season at Bucknell's Bison Invitational.

The Colonials showcased an impressive offensive attack, piling up 63 goals for the weekend. Freshman Alana Ponce led that effort with 14 goals and eight assists, highlighted by eight goals in a 16-10 win over Gannon to tie a program record. Their 21 goals in a victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) were the fourth-most for a game in program history.

GW swept CWPA weekly honors with Ponce named Player of the Week and Jacqueline Bywater (Defensive Player of the Week) and Dara Bleiberg (Co-Rookie of the Week) also honored.

IN FOCUS: GW's freshmen got off to a promising start on opening weekend. Ponce, Bleiberg, Grace Heck, Jaleh Moaddeli and Hannah Hathaway combined for 36 goals and 27 assists at the Bison Invitational. They also totaled 25 steals as a group.

SCOUTING IONA: The Gaels sit at 2-8 after tackling some tough competition early this season. Six of the losses have come to ranked squads. GW won the last meeting in the series, 10-8, on March 11, 2016.

SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers lost all four of their games to highly ranked squads at the season-opening Arizona State Challenge. This is the first of three meetings between the CWPA foes.

SCOUTING MARIST: After seven losses against ranked opponents to open the season, the Red Foxes picked up their first win over then-No. 25 Brown on Feb. 3 at the Bruno Classic. This is GW's first meeting with Marist since falling 9-5 on Feb. 15, 2014.

SCOUTING WAGNER: The Seahawks won the MAAC and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2017. They are 4-3 so far this season with three wins over ranked squads.

UP NEXT: GW hosts Princeton on Feb. 24 in its lone home game of the season. The Colonials will celebrate Senior Day at Charles E. Smith Center with a ceremony beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.



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