GW Women's Water Polo Splits on Day Two of Claremont Convergence
Colonials Down Azusa Pacific in Sudden Death
March 8, 2014
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Sophomore Hannah Cox scored the game-winner 15 seconds into the sudden-death overtime period to lift the George Washington women's water polo team to an 11-10 victory over Azusa Pacific on the second day of the Claremont Convergence. Earlier in the day, GW dropped another tight match to Whittier, 11-10.
GW (7-10) and Azusa Pacific were tied at the end of nearly every period with the exception of the third when the Cougars led 6-5 after scoring the only goal of the quarter. GW led 8-6 with 2:24 to go in the fourth quarter, but Azusa Pacific rattled off two in a row to tie the game at 8-8 and force overtime.
The Cougars struck first at the 1:56 mark of the first overtime period, but the Colonials tied it with 35 seconds to go, and the teams again traded goals in the second extra session to force sudden death tied at 10-10. Brolley won the swimoff to start the period and Cox scored the game-winner 15 seconds later to give GW the 11-10 victory.
Senior Katherine Berry led the Colonials with three goals and five steals while Brolley had two goals, two assists and two steals. Cox and senior Rachael Bentley also scored twice for GW and sophomore goalkeeper Caterina Sesana made four saves.
"It was a great team effort," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "We never backed down. Unfortunately, we weren't able to hold the lead, but we responded."
Earlier in the day, GW took the third-ranked team in Division III to the wire. Whittier led 3-2 after the first quarter, but GW used a 4-3 second to tie the game at 6-6 at halftime. Each team scored twice in the third to remain knotted, 8-8, after 24 minutes, but the Poets outscored the Colonials, 3-2, in the fourth for the 11-10 win.
The Colonials return to action on Tuesday when they visit Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the top-ranked team in Division III, at 9 p.m. ET.
GW 11, Azusa Pacific 10 (SD)
GW Goals: Berry 3, Bentley 2, Brolley 2, Cox 2, Littlejohn 1
Whittier 11, GW 10
GW Goals: Bentley 3, Littlejohn 3, Brolley 1, Berry 1, Cox 1