GW Women's Water Polo Embarks on Annual West Coast Trip
Colonials to Play Seven Games in Southern California
March 6, 2014
GW vs. Occidental - Friday, 1 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team sets out on its annual spring break West Coast trip this week and will take on seven teams in a six-day span from March 7-12.
First up for GW (4-9) is the two-day Claremont Convergence, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne. GW will face Occidental on Friday at 1 p.m. ET at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool before taking on Chapman at 5 p.m. ET at the La Verne Aquatic Center. The next day, the Colonials will play Whittier at 1:20 p.m. ET at the La Verne Aquatic Center and Azusa Pacific at 6:40 p.m. ET CMS' Axelrod Pool.
Ranked seventh in Division III, Occidental is 1-7 on the season and has lost six-in-a-row after last weekend's Cal Lutheran Tournament. GW is 3-2 all-time against the Tigers, but the teams have not met since 2009.
Chapman, which is ranked fourth in Division III, is 3-4 overall and is coming off a 7-5 loss to Villanova on Wednesday. The Colonials and Panthers have split their only two previous meetings, with GW taking the most recent matchup, 13-8, in 2012. Then-sophomores Rachel Bentley (5) and Katherine Berry (4) combined for nine of the Colonials' 13 goals in the game, and then-freshman Chandler Vilander had seven saves.
The No. 3 ranked team in Division III, Whittier is 6-4 on the season following a 7-3 win over Villanova on Tuesday. GW is 4-2 all-time against the Poets, including a 14-9 win last season in which Bentley scored seven points on three goals and four assists.
Azusa Pacific is 7-8 overall and is coming off a 2-2 showing at last weekend's Cal Lutheran Tournament with wins over Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer. GW won the only previous meeting with the Cougars, 10-5, in 2010.
Following the Claremont Convergence, GW will have two days off before visiting the top-ranked team in Division III, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET. The Athenas are 1-6 on the year after a loss to No. 2 Michigan on Saturday. GW is 1-2 all-time against CMS, but the teams have not faced off since 2009.
The Colonials conclude their West Coast swing with a pair of matches at California Lutheran's Samuelson Aquatics Center on Wednesday, March 12. GW will first take on Concordia (Calif.) at 1 p.m. ET before facing the host Regals at 7 p.m. ET.
Concordia is 1-15 overall and has lost 11 in a row, including a pair of games to top-20 opponents Santa Clara and UC Davis on Saturday. The Eagles hold a 3-0 series advantage against the Colonials after claiming a 12-7 victory in 2012.
Ranked fifth in Division III, Cal Lutheran has lost five straight and is 1-7 on the season following a 1-5 showing at their own Cal Lutheran Tournament last weekend. The Regals have won the only two previous meetings against the Colonials, including a 9-7 overtime victory last season.
This week represents a homecoming for seven Colonials who hail from California.
GW is coming off a narrow 15-14 overtime loss to Brown on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center. Sophomore Hannah Cox scored a team-high four goals, while senior Megan Brolley tallied five points on three goals and two assists.
Brolley leads the Colonials with 26 goals on just 37 shots for an efficient .703 shooting percentage. She has also drawn a team-best 23 ejections and is tied with Bentley for the team scoring lead with 41 points apiece. Bentley has dished out a team-high 24 assists and is second to Brolley with 19 ejections drawn. In addition, senior Allison Littlejohn leads GW with 29 steals.
The Colonials' senior class of Bentley, Berry, Brolley, Littlejohn and Erin Dickson has accounted for more than 70 percent of GW's 117 goals this season.