GW Women's Water Polo Concludes Regular Season With Three Division Matches
Colonials to Take on Mercyhurst, Bucknell, Princeton This Weekend
April 3, 2014
GW vs. Mercyhurst - Saturday, 1 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team hits the road this weekend for three CWPA Southern Division games to end the regular season. The Colonials first travel to Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday to take on Mercyhurst at 1 p.m. and host Bucknell at 5:30 p.m. before heading to Princeton, N.J., to face No. 9 Princeton on Sunday at 1 p.m.
GW (9-12, 0-2 Southern) was edged by Southern Division rival Harvard, 10-8, on Saturday. Seniors Megan Brolley (3), Katherine Berry (2), Erin Dickson (2) and Allison Littlejohn (1) combined to score all eight of the Colonials' goals in the final home game of their careers.
Brolley leads the Colonials with 44 goals, 74 points and 34 ejections drawn this season, while senior Rachael Bentley has posted a team-best 38 assists to go with 30 goals for 71 points. Littlejohn's 38 steals are tops on the team, followed closely by Brolley with 36.
CWPA Division II champion Mercyhurst (9-8, 0-2 Southern) dropped a pair of Southern Division matches at home to Princeton and Bucknell last Saturday. Cailin Jope leads the Lakers with 48 points on 38 goals and 10 assists, while Jena Clinch has scored 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists. Goalie Jesse Sworden boasts a .537 save percentage with 124 stops against 107 goals allowed.
GW is 6-1 all-time against Mercyhurst with six straight wins dating to 2011. The Colonials won the only meeting between the teams last season, 7-6, in Erie, Pa. Berry led GW with three goals in that contest.
Bucknell (8-10, 1-1 Southern) went 1-1 last weekend against Princeton and Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa., defeating the host Lakers, 11-5, but falling to the ninth-ranked Tigers, 14-6. Eleanor Marrs (17g, 23a, 40p) and Julianne Valdes (24g, 12a, 36p) lead the Bison offense and Hannah Sunday has drawn a team-high 66 ejections.
GW won three of four games against Bucknell in 2013, taking a pair of regular-season meetings as well as the Southern Division Championship opener before falling, 7-6, in the final minute of the CWPA Championship eighth-place match.
Princeton (23-1, 2-0 Southern) has won eight in a row following a 2-0 weekend against Bucknell and Mercyhurst. Ranked ninth in the nation, the Tigers' only loss this season came to No. 10 San Jose State on March 15 in San Diego. Princeton owns seven wins against ranked opponents this season. Katie Rigler leads the Tigers with 51 goals and 21 assists, while Molly McBee has tallied 59 points (34g, 25a) and a team-best 30 steals, and goalie Ashleigh Johnson boasts a .701 save percentage.