GW Women's Water Polo Embarks on Annual West Coast Trip
March 12, 2013
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 four-day span from March 13-16.
First up for the Colonials (8-7) is Whittier College on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. ET, in Whittier, Calif. Ranked sixth in Division III, the Poets (5-8) have dropped five of their last six matches after going 1-3 at the Claremont Convergence over the weekend. GW is 3-2 all-time against Whittier, including a narrow 9-8 road loss last season, when the Poets tallied a man-up goal with 18 seconds left to edge the Colonials.
The Colonials then head to Thousand Oaks, Calif., for a pair of matches at California Lutheran's Samuelson Aquatics Center on Thursday, March 14. GW will first take on St. Francis (N.Y.) at 1 p.m. ET before facing the host Regals at 8 p.m. ET. The Terriers (0-3) have played just three matches this season, with two losses coming on Saturday to No. 19 Hartwick and Gannon in Oneonta, N.Y. GW is 3-1 all-time against St. Francis, but the teams have not met since 2009, an 11-7 win for the Colonials. Ranked second in Division III, Cal Lutheran (4-11) is coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Claremont Convergence. The Regals won the only previous meeting with the Colonials, 12-8, in 2007.
GW will then head to Riverside, Calif., and Redlands, Calif., for the Lancer Invite, co-hosted by California Baptist and University of Redlands, Friday-Saturday, March 16-17. The Colonials, who went 2-1 at the 2012 Lancer Invitational, open the tournament against Azusa Pacific on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET at Redlands. The Cougars (4-15) have not played since going 2-3 at the Cal Lutheran Tournament on March 1-2. GW defeated Azusa Pacific, 10-5, at the 2010 Lancer Invite in the teams' only previous match-up. The Colonials next meet Marist for the second time this season on Friday at 6:40 p.m. ET at Cal Baptist. The Red Foxes (7-5) have won seven of their last nine matches after splitting a pair of contests against Gannon and No. 19 Hartwick on Saturday. Marist defeated GW, 10-6, at the Bison Invitational last month and holds a 9-1 all-time series advantage.
The Colonials conclude their West Coast swing with two more Lancer Invite contests at Redlands on Saturday. GW will face host Redlands at 12 p.m. ET and La Verne at 5:20 p.m. ET. Ranked fourth in Division III, the Redlands Bulldogs (4-8) have dropped eight of their last 10 contests after a 1-3 showing at last weekend's Claremont Convergence. The Colonials are 2-5 all-time against the Bulldogs, including a 10-9 win last season at the Lancer Invite. The La Verne Leopards (6-7) are ranked eighth in Division III and are coming off a 12-11 loss to Connecticut College on Monday. GW won the only previous meeting with the Leopards, 14-1, in 2010.
This week represents a homecoming for seven Colonials who hail from California, including juniors Katherine Berry and Rachael Bentley, who will be playing in their hometown of Riverside when GW takes on Marist on Friday in the Lancer Invite.
Despite a 15-3 loss to 12th-ranked Princeton on Friday evening, GW has won five of its last seven games and is off to its best start since 2004, when the squad boasted a 9-6 record through 15 matches. Bentley leads the Colonials with 45 points on 18 goals and a team-high 27 assists, while freshman Hannah Cox is tops with 39 goals. In addition, junior Megan Brolley has recorded a team-high 19 steals and 23 ejections drawn.
After setting the program's single-season record with 50 assists last season, Bentley has tied graduate student Allison Peotter for the all-time record with 107 career helpers. Additionally, Berry has surpassed Marissa Stamler ('10) for the school record with 25 career field blocks.