Water polo loses four in homestand

By Scott Padula


The women’s water polo fell to 10-14 on the season after losing four home games last weekend. The Orange and Blue lost their first two games on Saturday to Indiana and Harvard. The Bison then dropped their final two games of the weekend on Sunday to Maryland and George Washington.

“I think this weekend showed us that we can have moments of ‘greatness.’ Unfortunately though, we have yet to string together a great game,” Haley Prickett ’11 said.

The Bison lost 16-7 to No. 12 Indiana in their first game of the weekend. The Hoosiers jumped out to a quick lead, netting the first three goal of the game. Indiana’s offensive momentum continued in the second as they tallied eight more to crack the game open. The Bison were unable to mount a comeback in the second half. Hallie Kennan ’12 and Julianne Valdes ’14 each registered two goals, while Kandis Canonica ’11 recorded a team-high four ejections drawn in the game.

In the second Saturday game, the Orange and Blue lost to a gritty Harvard squad 16-13. The contest featured several ties, but the Bison led just once. The Bison trailed by one at intermission but Harvard scored the first three goals of the third quarter to turn their lead into a four-goal cushion. The Bison could not overcome the deficit, and Harvard went on to win the game. Kennan, Mackenzie Ferry ’14 and Stephanie Ovalle ’14 all posted multiple goals and assists in the game.

The Orange and Blue dropped the first Sunday game to the Terrapins 15-9. Kennan led the team in scoring with three goals, while six other Bison found the back of the net. In total, nine different players tallied a point in the affair.

In the final game of the weekend, the Orange and Blue lost 11-9 to George Washington. The Bison never led, but were able to draw it to within one in the fourth quarter. However, the Colonials responded with two goals of their own to clinch the victory. Ferry and Kennan were the only Bison to record multiple points in the loss. In the best performance in goal of the weekend, Brittany Connell ’12 stopped seven shots in 32 minutes.

The Bison will complete their regular season schedule next weekend when they play Mercyhurst, Gannon and Hartwick. The Orange and Blue will face Mercyhurst and Gannon on Saturday. They will then see Hartwick at Kinney Natatorium on Sunday.

“We have all taken what happened this past weekend and can see that we have another chance this upcoming weekend to improve our play. It’s out there for the taking. Hopefully, it doesn’t slip through our grasp,” Prickett said.

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