Women’s water polo goes 1-2 on weekend trip vs. Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan

Lauren Whelan, Assistant Sports Editor

Wrapping up its regular season competitions, the women’s water polo team traveled to Bloomington, Ind. to play three games from April 18-19, finishing the trip with a record of 1-2. On April 18, the Bison first faced Notre Dame College and claimed a victory with a final score of 15-7 before falling to Indiana 18-10 later that night. April 19’s competition marked the final game of the regular season as the Bison faced Michigan, falling 13-4. Both of the losses for the Bison came against nationally ranked teams, with Indiana ranked as No. 12 and Michigan ranked as No. 16.

In their first match of the weekend, the Bison offense was unstoppable, putting the score into double digits for the Orange and the Blue. The offensive effort was carried by a variety of players, with seven women in total contributing to the final score.

Taylor Barnett ’15 and Eleanor Marrs ’16 each recorded three goals each for the Bison, while Shyla Lintz ’18, Kendyl Johnson ’18, Marta Considine ’18, and Hannah Sunday ’16 contributed a pair each. Julia Ingersoll ’17 also recorded a goal for the Orange and Blue. However, the Bison were unable to carry that momentum into the next game versus Indiana. While the Bison offense once again reached double digits, it proved not to be enough as they fell 18-10. The Bison were once again carried by Barnett, who had a stunning six scores in the game to score more than half of the team’s 10 overall.

The following day saw another big challenge for the Bison with the match against Michigan. As the Bison fell 13-4, the offensive charge was led by Sunday with two of the four goals, while Haley Derrod ’17 saved nine Michigan attempts on goal.

“Since we had already received our seed for Easterns, this weekend was an opportunity to give it all and leave everything in the pool for our last league games of the season. By executing specific defenses against two top 15 teams, we were able to the keep the game competitive and learn what we need to do to improve for next weekend,” Considine said.

The Bison will head to Princeton, N.J. on April 24 for the CWPA Championship, facing Connecticut College.

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