Women’s water polo finishes final home tournament of season 2-2

Brittany Willwerth, Contributing Writer

The women’s water polo team sought to build upon its developing record from April 1-2 after boosting its rank to 25th in the nation. The Bison started their weekend run by snagging a win against George Washington, defeating them 14-6. Picking up the first conference win of the season, Emily Konishi ’19, led the team with a program-record eight assists. Leading the team in scoring was Marta Considine ’18 with a game-high four goals.

Before their evening match against Princeton, the team honored the collegiate water polo careers of their seniors, Tegan Stanbach ’17, Haley Derrod ’17, and Julia Ulrich ’17. This game proved to be challenging for the Bison, who ended up losing 3-9. Building on the night before, the team once again finished with a perfect 4-for-4 in sprints. Derrod started in goal and recorded nine saves throughout the course of the contest.

“This weekend was a great opportunity for us to play league games against strong competition and gauge where we are at going into the final part of our season. Everyone really stepped up and we were very successful this weekend. These were the last home games for our senior class, which made this weekend particularly special for the seniors,” Ulrich said.

Hoping to rebound from the previous evening, the Orange and the Blue strode to a 12-5 victory over St. Francis on April 2. In their first ever meeting, the Bison outscored the Red Flash 6-1 in the first period, adding four more by the half. In this game, the Bison tallied a season-best 23 steals. Manuela Herrera ’18 started in goal and recorded five saves in the first three periods, with Derrod finishing out the final period with one save.

The team wrapped up the weekend by falling 14-5 to No. 7 Michigan. Throughout the course of the match, five different Bison scored—Ulrich, Stanbach, Konishi, Colleen Barron ’18, and Considine. Starting in the final match of her career at Kinney Natatorium, Derrod made a season-high nine saves. All in all, the team finished out the weekend with a record of 2-2.

“The team played great this past weekend and I am very proud of how we did and I am excited about our potential. We won our two ‘must-win’ games and played well against both Princeton and Michigan. We will spend the next few weeks making adjustments that will allow us to further our success during the rest of league play and into our championship, Easterns,” Stanbach said.

The team will resume play from April 8-9 after traveling to Oneonta, N.Y. for their final three games before the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championships.

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