Women's Water Polo Heads to West Coast

Alana Ponce and the Colonials head to California this weekend.
Alana Ponce and the Colonials head to California this weekend.
March 7, 2018

George Washington women's water polo will spend part of its spring break on the West Coast, starting with three games over two days at California Baptist's Lancer Joust.

The Colonials (5-4) are set to face Fresno Pacific on Friday at Lancer Aquatics Center before Saturday matchups against Concordia (Calif.) and the host Lancers, who are ranked No. 24 nationally. They'll wrap up their annual stay in California on Sunday with a game at No. 15 Long Beach State.

LAST TIME OUT: GW has had a break since celebrating Senior Day at Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Feb. 24. The Colonials got a combined six goals from senior Scarlett Hallahan, Jacqueline Bywater and Erin McGeoy in their home pool but fell to No. 22 Princeton, 15-11.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Jacqueline Bywater entered her senior season as GW's career steals leader and continues to pace the Buff and Blue in that stat with 17 through nine games. She's not the only Colonial who has shined defensively, though. Freshman Jaleh Moaddeli has 16 steals and classmates Alana Ponce (15), Grace Heck (15) and Dara Bleiberg (12) are close behind in that category.

HAPPY HOMECOMING: Fourteen of the 19 Colonials on the roster hail from California, including six of the seven seniors.

SCOUTING FRESNO PACIFIC: The Sunbirds have won three games in a row to even their record at 7-7. Sam Witt paces the squad with 49 points on 25 goals and 24 assists. GW leads the all-time series 2-0, including a four-overtime victory in March 2008.

SCOUTING CONCORDIA: The Eagles are 5-4 after splitting four games over two days at the Claremont Convergence.

The Colonials won their last matchup with Concordia, 13-6, on March 12, 2014.

SCOUTING CAL BAPTIST: The 24th-ranked Lancers enter the weekend at 9-9, including a pair of wins over ranked foes. They won three of their four games last weekend, highlighted by a 7-6 victory over Division III No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer.

SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE: The 15th-ranked 49ers (6-9) have tackled a brutal schedule so far, including a pair of meetings with defending national champ Stanford and two more with defending CWPA champion Michigan. This is the third consecutive season the Colonials will face Long Beach State.

UP NEXT: GW will travel to VMI for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 17. The Colonials will face Gannon and the host Keydets that day.

WATCH THIS: Hear from head coach Barry King and California natives Moaddeli and Samantha Runyon ahead of the West Coast trip.



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