Defense Dominant as GW Women's Water Polo Wins Twice
Colonials Conclude 5-2 California Trip With Wins Against Concordia, Cal Lutheran
March 12, 2014
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - The George Washington women's water polo team used staunch defensive efforts to finish its California trip with a pair of wins over Concordia and host Cal Lutheran on Wednesday at Samuelson Aquatics Center.
GW (9-11) ends its annual West Coast swing 5-2 after defeating Concordia, 13-6, and Cal Lutheran, 12-9.
Battling extremely windy conditions, GW scored the first four goals of the game against Concordia before the Eagles tallied the final two of the period to make it 4-2 after the first quarter, but sophomore Hannah Cox scored the only two goals of the second to give the Colonials a 6-2 halftime lead. GW led 10-5 at the end of three and, after Concordia scored the first goal of the fourth quarter, tallied the final three of the game for the 13-6 victory.
Senior Megan Brolley scored eight points on two goals and six assists, matching the program record for helpers in a game, which has previously been achieved five times, most recently by classmate Rachael Bentley in February 2013. Brolley also drew six ejections, equaling the third-most in a single game in school history.
Cox scored a team-high five goals, and junior goalkeeper Chandler Vilander recorded nine saves. In addition, GW was 6-for-9 on its power play opportunities.
"Hannah Cox set the tone and put the points on the scoreboard right away and we just never looked back," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "Under the conditions we did a really good job of adapting and making sure we did everything necessary to keep Concordia in check."
In a tightly contested match against Division III No. 5 Cal Lutheran, GW led 2-1 after one quarter and the teams alternated goals in the second, which ended with the Colonials holding a 6-5 halftime advantage. The Regals scored the first goal of the third to tie the game, and the teams again traded goals for the entire period. The game was tied, 9-9, after 24 minutes, but back-to-back goals by Bentley to start the fourth gave GW the lead for good, and Brolley added an insurance marker with 1:32 left for the 12-9 win.
Bentley led the Colonials with seven points on five goals and two assists, while Brolley notched a hat trick and Vilander recorded another nine saves in the cage.
"It was an excellent defensive effort on our part," said Coach Reed. "We just did a great job of keeping them in check. When they were able to score a goal, we were able to respond and that fourth quarter we just absolutely shut them down. Chandler Vilander was an absolute stud. It was a really great game - one of the best games we've played. I'm very proud of them."
The Colonials now have two and a half weeks off before returning to action on Saturday, March 29, when they host CWPA Southern Division rival Harvard for Senior Day at 12 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW 13, Concordia 6
GW - 4-2-4-3--13
CUI - 2-0-3-1--6
GW Goals: Cox 5, Bentley 2, Berry 2, Brolley 2, Johnson 1, Sandri 1
GW Saves: Vilander 9
GW 12, Cal Lutheran 9
GW - 2-4-3-3-12
CLU - 1-4-4-0--9
GW Goals: Bentley 5, Brolley 3, Berry 2, Cox 2
GW Saves: Vilander 9
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