Wildcats Finish Fourth at Easterns
April 29, 1998
VILLANOVA, Pa.--Earning a bid to the Eastern Championships in just their first season as a varsity sport, the Villanova women's water polo team traveled to the University of Maryland on April 24-26, and won two of their five contests to finish in fourth place out of 30 east coast teams. With a 2-3 mark at the Eastern Championships, the Wildcats finish the season with an 11-13 record.
In Villanova's first game of the tournament, the Cats lost a hard-fought contest to the University of Maryland 10-4. In the loss, senior Kathryn Peterson, sophomore Brigitte Bayster and freshmen Carrie Boyle and Katherine Kaufold each scored a goal, while sophomore Sharon Fuller added three steals.
On Saturday, April 25, Villanova redeemed their loss for the previous day by beating Harvard 12-10. Bayster paced the Wildcat offense, scoring three goals and adding a game-high four steals, while Boyle contributed three goals. In goal for Villanova, senior Kara Zogby got the victory tallying nine saves.
In Saturday's second contest, the Cats won their second straight game of the tournament beating Queens 6-2. Bayster scored four goals on the afternoon and tallied six steal, while Fuller and Boyle added the other two Villanova goals. In net, Zogby posted her second win in as many games saving five shots.
Despite losing their final two games of the tournament 14-2 to Massachusetts and 7-4 to Princeton, the Wildcats two victories earned them a fourth place finish in their first Eastern Championship Tournament. Beginning their inaugural season 0-6, the Villanova water polo team showed their relentlessness and went on the win 11 of their last 18 games to finish at 11-13.