GW Women's Water Polo Takes Two at Claremont Convergence
Colonials Knock Off Occidental, Chapman on First Day in SoCal
March 7, 2014
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The George Washington women's water polo team knocked off a pair of Division III top-10 teams on the first day of competition at the Claremont Convergence on Friday, defeating Occidental, 10-5, and Chapman, 13-7.
"Great job today on both offense and defense - probably the most complete games we've played all year," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "Our defense stepped up and didn't allow teams to score two straight goals. It's good to start 2-0 at the tournament."
Ranked seventh in Division III, Occidental scored the first goal of the game 47 seconds into action, but GW (6-9) rattled off three in a row, including two by Brolley, to take a 3-1 lead after one quarter. The Tigers tied it with back-to-back goals to start the second before senior Allison Littlejohn gave the Colonials a 4-3 lead with 50 seconds to go before halftime, and that score stood at the break.
GW took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring three goals while shutting the Tigers out to go up by four, 7-3. The Colonials extended their run to six straight goals spanning three periods with the first two markers of the fourth quarter to take a 9-3 lead before Occidental's Kelsey Shyba ended the Tigers' drought at the 4:42 mark. Freshman Maddy Johnson tallied GW's final goal on a five-meter shot with 2:09 to go, and Occidental's April DesCombes found the back of the cage with four seconds left for the 10-5 final.
Brolley and Cox each notched a hat trick to lead the Colonials. Brolley also recorded four steals, drew two ejections and won all four sprints in the game. Junior goalkeeper Chandler Vilander had six saves in the cage.
"It was a great defensive effort," said Coach Scott Reed. "We had some very good scoring opportunities throughout the game and were able to hold Occidental in check pretty much throughout. We never really lost control. It was just a very solid defensive performance."
In the second game of the day against Chapman, the fourth-ranked team in Division III, GW extended a 2-1 first-quarter lead to 6-3 at halftime. The Colonials led, 9-5, after three before a 4-2 fourth quarter gave GW the 13-7 win.
Cox and Berry each scored a team-high four goals, while Brolley had two and senior Rachael Bentley had a goal, three assists and three steals. In addition, Johnson dished out four helpers and Vilander recorded five saves.
"Once again, this was a great defensive effort on our part," said Coach Reed. "The defense created a lot of opportunities for us on the transition game and we were able to get things going."
GW 10, Occidental 5
GW Goals: Brolley 3, Cox 3, Bentley 1, Berry 1, Johnson 1, Littlejohn 1
GW 13, Chapman 7
GW Goals: Berry 4, Cox 4, Brolley 2, Bentley 1, Dickson 1, Littlejohn 1