Water Polo Takes Seventh at 2005 ECAC Championships
April 3, 2005
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Villanova avenged an earlier one-point loss this season to George Washington, defeating the Colonials, 8-7, on Sunday morning to take seventh place at the 2005 ECAC Women's Water Polo Championships, hosted by Bucknell University. The Wildcats improve to 9-9, while George Washington falls to 10-11.
Junior Kim Pare (Grand Rapids, Mich.) scored back-to-back goals in just over a minute to put the Wildcats up, 2-0. Senior Ellen Howe (San Diego, Calif.) followed up with a goal of her own as Villanova jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter.
The Colonials' Kendra Shanley scored George Washington's first goal, but Pare answered back with her third goal to help the Wildcats to a 4-1 lead to close out the first quarter.
George Washington scored the next two goals, both from Shanley, in the second quarter to pull the Colonials to within one goal.
In the third quarter, senior Sarah Oberhauser (Saratoga, Calif.) scored a goal to make it 5-3. The Colonials responded to bring themselves back within one off a goal from Morgan Hooker. Pare then scored her fourth goal of the morning at the end of the third quarter to give Villanova a 6-4 advantage.
George Washington opened the fourth quarter by scoring three straight for its first lead. Julia Wetherell's goal with 4:14 remaining made it 7-6.
Pare's clutch goal with 1:03 remaining tied the game, 7-7, and Howe scored the game-winner with 21 seconds to go in the contest.
Goalie Jess Wells (Newport Beach, Calif.) had eight crucial saves to help Villanova to its first win over George Washington since 1996. Freshman Carla Martinez (Caguas, Puerto Rico) contributed three assists, while senior Aimee Corsiglia (Mountain View, Calif.) and freshman Julie Ramaley (Old Grennwich, Conn.) each added one.
Princeton defeated Hartwick, 7-6, to take the 2005 ECAC title.
Villanova returns to action on April 9 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. when it faces Iona (11:30 a.m.) and Marist (5:30 p.m.) to open MAAC play.