GW Women's Water Polo Ready for CWPA/MAAC Crossover
Colonials to Clash With Four MAAC Opponents at Two-Day Event
Feb. 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team will take on four teams in two days this weekend at the third annual CWPA/MAAC Crossover at Harvard's Blodgett Pool.
GW (2-6) opens the tournament against Iona on Saturday at 12 p.m., then faces Villanova at 6 p.m. The following day, the Colonials take on Siena at 9:15 a.m. before concluding the event against Wagner at 1 p.m. All 16 matches at the CWPA/MAAC Crossover will be streamed on the Ivy Digital Network.
Seniors Rachael Bentley, Katherine Berry, Megan Brolley and Allison Littlejohn led the Colonials at last weekend's Bucknell Invitational. Bentley scored a team-high 11 points on (4g, 7a) to go with eight ejections drawn while Berry tallied eight points (5g, 3a) to go with 12 steals and three field blocks. Brolley had nine points (4g, 5a), six steals and eight ejections drawn while winning five sprints, and Littlejohn finished with five points (4g, 1a), nine steals and three blocks.
The senior quartet has accounted for over 70 percent of GW's 67 goals this season led by Brolley with 13, while Bentley has scored 12 to go with 15 assists for a team-high 27 points.
Reigning MAAC champion Iona (1-5) has not played since the Princeton Invitational two weeks ago. GW is 6-4 all-time against the Gaels after falling earlier this season.
Villanova (0-5) dropped a pair of games at last weekend's Bucknell Invitational. The Colonials are 31-6 all-time against the Wildcats, who were picked to finish fourth in the MAAC, including a 13-11 season-opening win in Philadelphia on Feb. 1. Littlejohn scored a career-high seven points (3g, 4a) in that game while Bentley tallied four goals.
Picked to finish sixth in the MAAC preseason poll, Siena (0-2) has not played since dropping two games at the Brown Invitational on Feb. 1. The Saints were led by Brianna Ritota's five goals and Melanie Boehrig's nine points (3g, 6a) in those games. GW leads the all-time series against Siena, 8-1, including an 11-7 win at last season's Crossover behind four goals from then-rookie Hannah Cox.
Wagner (5-6) dropped out of the national top-rankings after a 2-2 weekend at the Bucknell Invitational. Jessica Burdge (14g, 7a) and Jess Lundgren (6g, 14a, 22s) were named MAAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their performances. The Colonials have faced the Seahawks - who were picked second in the MAAC preseason poll - twice already this season.