Water polo goes 1-3 against tough competition

Kaelyn Long, Staff Writer

The women’s water polo team faced four competitive teams, three of which are nationally ranked, on April 7-8 in the opening weekend of Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) action in Massachusetts. On the first day, the Bison matched up against No. 12 Hartwick and No. 9 Michigan before taking on Saint Francis, and No. 13 Indiana on the second day of competition.

On the first day of competition, the Bison lost to both Hartwick, 12-5, and Michigan, 14-5.

Against the Hartwick Hawks, the Orange and Blue trailed 6-3 going into halftime. The Hawks continued to outscore the Bison 4-1 in the fourth quarter, putting them ahead 12-5 to finish the game. Emily Konishi ’19 finished with three goals, Marta Considine ’18 with two goals and three steals, and Gigi Rojahn ’20 added two assists. Manuela Herrera ’18 had five saves in the goal.

Against the Michigan Wolverines, the score was knotted 2-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Wolverines then went on to score 12 of the next 15 goals. The Bison netted only one goal each of in the remaining three quarters. Considine had two goals while Konishi, Colleen Barron ’18, and Matylda Zaklicki ’20 each contributed one goal apiece.

On April 8 the Orange and Blue beat Saint Francis, 10-3, but lost to No. 13 Indiana, 11-5, later in the day.

Against The Red Flash of Saint Francis, Barron and Kali Hyham ’21 each netted three goals, while Rojahn had two goals and Konishi added three assists. At halftime, the Bison had an 8-1 lead, enough to earn their first CWPA win of 2018. Herrera and Hayley Pogue ’20 had a combined ten saves in goal in the victory. Due to a stellar defensive performance, the Bison only let in three total goals, tied for their lowest total of goals against for the season.

In their last game of the weekend, the Orange and the Blue faced the Hoosiers of Indiana. Ultimately, the Bison could not overcome the 5-1 lead that Indiana mounted in the first quarter. Konishi finished with one goal and three assists, while Barron had three goals and one assist. Considine posted two season-best totals with six ejections and four steals.

To conclude the regular season, the Bison will face Harvard, Brown, George Washington, and Princeton in Princeton, N.J. on April 14-15.

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