GW Women's Water Polo's Rachael Bentley Named Southern Division Player of the Week
Senior Scored Game-Winning Goal at Buzzer to Beat Rival Bucknell
April 9, 2014
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - George Washington women's water polo senior Rachael Bentley was named CWPA Southern Division Player of the week for games played March 31-April 6, the Collegiate Water Polo Association announced on Wednesday.
Bentley totaled 16 points on nine goals and seven assists and shot 69 percent (9-for-13) to lead GW to a 2-1 weekend against Southern Division rivals Mercyhurst, Bucknell and Princeton.
The Riverside, Calif., native tallied five goals and four assists for nine points - matching the second-highest single-game total in program history - and added a career-high four steals in GW's 13-5 win over the Lakers, scoring on all five of her attempts in the game.
Bentley followed with four goals in the Colonials' 8-7 victory over Bucknell, including all three of GW's markers in the decisive fourth quarter. She tied the game with 51 seconds left, then netted the game-winner at the buzzer.
With her nine goals on Saturday, the senior became GW's all-time leading scorer with 173 career goals, surpassing the previous mark of 170 set by Morgan Hooker ('07). Bentley also owns program records for career assists (186) and points (359). She has scored a team-high 87 points (42g, 45a) this season, the fifth-highest single-season total ever.
Bentley earns her first Player of the Week award this season and the fifth of her career, the second-most of any Colonial in program history. She was last honored on April 18, 2013. Bentley is the second Colonial to be recognized this season, joining classmate Megan Brolley on March 12.
Bentley and the Colonials (11-13, 2-3 Southern) return to action this weekend at the CWPA Southern Division Championship hosted by Harvard University. GW will be the No. 5 seed and will take on No. 1 Princeton and No. 4 Harvard on Saturday, the first day of the two-day tournament.