Women’s water polo goes 2-0 on the road

Anna Carroll, Senior Writer

The Bison women’s water polo team finished its regular season with two big wins against Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis (Pa.) last weekend. With a 20-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s and a 14-9 win over St. Francis, the team advances to 7-3, and clinches the second seed in the CWPA Championships. 

The Bison scored 13 of the 14 opening goals, granting them a huge lead over Mount St. Mary’s in their first matchup last Saturday. Ally Furano ’21, Kali Hyham ’21, Olivia Dey ’24, and Isabelle Monaghan ’24 all contributed to the first six goals of the matchup, giving the Bison momentum and Dey her first career goal. 

The Bison finished the first half at 13-1 and continued cruising in the second half to a 20-3 win. Monaghan and A. Furano led the way with five goals each, followed closely by Hyham, who found the back of the cage four times. Paige Furano ’22 contributed four goals, four assists and five steals in the victory for the Bison.

The Bison kept their momentum going in the rematch against St. Francis, and it was the Furano sisters who teamed up to do the most damage for the Bison this time. A. Furano scored seven goals in the victory and P. Furano scored three goals, and added a career-best of six assists for nine points. 

The Bison found themselves trailing the Red Flash 3-2 early on after the first quarter. However, the Orange and Blue found its offensive rhythm in the second period, scoring six goals and securing the lead for the rest of the game. Although the Red Flash would not go away quietly, the Bison battled the entirety of its matchup. St. Francis was able to pull within one, 8-7, in the third period, but two big goals from A. Furano restored the Bison with a three goal advantage at the end of the third. 

The Furano sisters accounted for 10 of the Bison’s 14 goals, while Hyham, Monaghan and Bella Moynihan ’23 also scored. 

“It was really exciting to end conference play on a high note going 2-0 this weekend. It gave our team the boost of confidence we needed going into championship weekend at Michigan,” A. Furano said on the weekend. 

“We are really excited to use the momentum of this past weekend’s 2-0 league competition for championships this weekend” Marcella Herrera ’21 said. 

The Bison now look ahead to competing in the CWPA Championships this weekend at the University of Michigan on April 24.

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