GW Women's Water Polo Set for CWPA Southern Division Championship
Fourth-Seeded Colonials Will Face No. 5 Bucknell, No. 1 Princeton in Bracket Play on Saturday
April 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington women's water polo team travels to Providence, R.I., this weekend for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship. The two-day event will take place April 13-14 at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatic Center.
GW (13-12, 2-3 Southern) tied with Bucknell for fourth place in the Southern Division and earned the No. 4 seed in the tournament via its win over the Bison on March 3. The Colonials will play in Bracket A, which also includes top-seeded Princeton and fifth-seeded Bucknell. Bracket B features No. 2 Brown, No. 3 Harvard and No. 6 Mercyhurst.
The Colonials will take on the Bison (5-15, 2-3 Southern) on Saturday at 3 p.m. before facing the 12th-ranked Tigers (20-5, 5-0 Southern) at 7 p.m. Each team will play one game on Sunday against the corresponding team in the opposite bracket to determine placing.
The Southern Division champion is guaranteed no lower than the No. 2 seed for the CWPA Eastern Championship April 26-28 at the University of Michigan, while the rest of the field will feature the remaining teams from the Southern and Western divisions, as well as the Division III champion.
The Colonials went 1-1 on Saturday in Princeton, N.J., defeating VMI, 11-4, but falling to Harvard, 12-6. Sophomore Meagan Moreland led the Colonials with five goals, while freshman Erin Donoghue scored a team-high seven points on two goals and five assists in the two contests.
Junior Rachael Bentley, a two-time Southern Division Player of the Week, leads the Colonials with 49 assists and 82 points on the year, and her 49 assists are just one shy of the school record of 50, which she set last season. In addition, she has become the Colonials' all-time assists leader with 129, and she ranks third all-time at GW with 243 career points, just 10 behind all-time leader Vanessa Fravel's 253, set from 2001-04.
Freshman Hannah Cox, a three-time Southern Division Rookie of the Week and one-time Player of the Week, paces GW with 55 goals and 33 ejections drawn. Cox's 55 goals are the third-most in a single season in school history; Kira Cannon set the record at 71 in 2003.
Junior Megan Brolley leads the Colonials with 34 steals on the season, and she ranks second on the team with 60 points (36g, 24a) and 32 ejections drawn. Moreland (54 points) and Donoghue (53 points) have also surpassed the 50-point plateau. Additionally, junior Katherine Berry is GW's all-time leader with 30 career field blocks after recording a team-best 10 this season.
Bucknell is coming off a 1-1 weekend at Princeton last weekend, defeating Mercyhurst before falling to the host Tigers. The Bison have dropped 14 of their last 16 games. Julianne Valdes leads Bucknell with 37 points (26g, 11a), while Hannah Sunday has scored a team-best 31 goals.
GW has faced Bucknell more than any other opponent and is 18-30 against the Bison after picking up two wins this season. Cox scored a career-high six goals in the Colonials' 11-3 win over Bucknell on March 3, and Donoghue scored five in GW's 10-9 win at the Bison Invitational on Feb. 16.
The reigning CWPA Southern and Eastern champion, Princeton has won three in a row and six of its last seven contests following three Southern Division victories over Harvard, Mercyhurst and Bucknell last weekend, which clinched the regular-season division title. Saranna Soroka was named Southern Division Player of the Week for her performance. All five of the Tigers' losses have come against ranked opponents. Katie Rigler leads the Tigers with 45 goals and 54 points on the season.
GW and Princeton have met twice this season, with the Tigers winning both match-ups.
All games at this weekend's Southern Division Championship will be streamed live at a cost of $8 per day.
2013 CWPA Southern Division Championship
Saturday, April 13
Sunday, April 14
9 a.m. Fifth-Place Game: 3rd in Bracket A vs. 3rd in Bracket B