GW Women's Water Polo Sweeps Southern Division Weekly Awards
Brolley, Vilander, Donoghue Honored by CWPA
April 23, 2013
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The George Washington women's water polo team swept the Southern Division weekly awards for games played April 15-21, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced on Tuesday.
Junior Megan Brolley was named Southern Division Player of the Week, while sophomore goalkeeper Chandler Vilander earned Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Erin Donoghue was tabbed Rookie of the Week.
Brolley led GW offensively in its 12-10 win over VMI on Saturday in its regular-season finale. She scored a team-high three goals and added an ejection drawn and a penalty drawn. Brolley's third goal of the game sealed the victory with 1:03 remaining.
For the season, the Delray Beach, Fla. native leads the team with 39 steals and 35 ejections drawn and ranks second with a career-high 68 points, third with 27 assists and fourth with 41 goals.
The Player of the Week award is the first of Brolley's career and is the fifth for a Colonial this season, as junior Rachael Bentley has been recognized three times (Feb. 20, March 20, April 18) and freshman Hannah Cox garnered the distinction on March 6. It is just the second time in program history that Colonials have received five Player of the Week honors; in 2011, Allison Peotter was recognized four times and Megan Walker once.
Vilander recorded 10 saves, three steals and an assist in GW's victory over VMI, posting a .500 save percentage. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native has stopped a career-high 171 shots in the cage this season.
Vilander earns her second weekly award of the season, as she was also named Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 27.
Donoghue recorded two goals, three steals and three ejections drawn in GW's win over the Keydets. For the season, the native of Walnut Creek, Calif., ranks second on the team with 43 goals and fifth with 59 points, 24 steals, 16 assists and 16 ejections drawn.
This marks Donoghue's third Rookie of the Week nod of the year, as she was also recognized on Feb. 20 and March 27. She joins Cox, who also earned three Rookie of the Week nods (Feb. 27, March 6, March 20) to give GW a school-record six honorees this season. In addition, they are two of just three Colonial freshmen ever to receive three Rookie of the Week awards, joining Peotter in 2009.
GW (15-14) returns to action this weekend at the CWPA Eastern Championship in Ann Arbor, Mich. The seventh-seeded Colonials open the three-day tournament on Friday at 11:20 a.m. against 10th-seeded Gannon.