ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Kelsey Millward (Fr., Baie-d'Urfe, Quebec/Loomis Chaffee) put away a shot with 40 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to make the difference as Division III Champion and No. 9-ranked Connecticut College picked off its second Erie-area opponent of the tournament in stopping Gannon University, 10-9 OT, to claim Ninth Place at the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship at the University of Michigan's Canham Natatorium.
Millward, who claimed Player of the Game honors and shared the title as the game's high-scorer withKatelyn Jacobs (Jr., Brookfield, Ill./Lyons Township) of Gannon, factored in both the early going and closing moments of the contest as the Camels (17-7, 13-2 CWPA Division III), which knocked off Mercyhurst University 9-7 in the consolation bracket on Saturday, April 27 to reach the Ninth Place game, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first quarter and never trailed during the duration of the 38 minute contest.
Scoreless for two minutes following the opening sprint, Millward inflicted the first damage with back-to-back man-up tallies at 5:55 and 1:46 to hand Connecticut College a 2-0 advantage. Gannon answered three seconds prior to the conclusion of the quarter as Jacobs slipped a shot past Camels' goalie Ashley Amey (Fr., Napa, Calif./Napa) with both teams at even-strength to halve the Knights' deficit to 2-1.
Millward factored in the second quarter as well as she completed a hat-trick in the first 10:33 of competition by burying a pass for a natural goal at the 5:27 mark, but Gannon countered by cashing in on back-to-back six-on-five chances with Shanen Lazenby (Fr., Erie, Pa./McDowell) and Janelle McDaniels (So., Edwardsville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) connecting on blasts at 4:58 and 3:44, respectively, to even the scoring at three-all.
Connecticut regained the lead prior to the halftime buzzer as Kate Jacobson (So., Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) posted her only marker of the contest to make it 4-3 with 1:19 left in the half.
The Camels pushed the lead out to 7-3 midway through the third quarter as Isabelle Baneux (Fr., Ithaca, N.Y./New Trier) struck for a natural goal at 5:23before Nicky Jasbon (So., Greenacres, Fla./Saint Andrew) and Millward contributed man-up tallies at 4:50 and 4:20, respectively, to build the margin to 7-3.
Gannon chopped two goals off the deficit over the next two minutes as Jacobs (3:50) beat Amey high on a six-on-five chance at 3:50 before Bailey Gadd (Jr., Golden, Colo./Lakewood) drilled in a five-meter penalty shot at 2:34 to shrink the spread down to 7-5.
However, Connecticut was able to keep the Golden Knights at bay for the remainder of the quarter as Millward struck at even-strength (2:17) and Baneux chipped in a man-up goal (44 seconds) to sandwich a natural goal by Jacobs (2:01) to make it 9-6 at the conclusion of the period.
Needing to run down the clock and keep the Golden Knights on their heels over the final eight minutes of action in the fourth quarter, the Camels could not manage to keep Gannon at bay as Jacobs (6:45, 3:02) and Lazenby (5:00) inflicted a series of goals upon the squad to knot it up at nine-all and bring on overtime.
In the extra pair of three-minute periods, Millward was the sole player to finish a shot as the Camels outshot Gannon 3-0 over the final six minutes of competition.
For Connecticut College, Baneux finished with two goals, while Jacobson and Jasbon tacked on solo markers, while Amey finished with five saves.
Janelle Bartman (Sr., Darien, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) keyed Gannon with eight stops on defense, while Lazenby joined Jacobs in contributing a multi-goal game. Gadd and McDaniels also scored for the Golden Knights as Gannon suffered the first loss in program history to Connecticut College.
|Division III No. 9 Connecticut College
Connecticut Goals:Kelsey Millward (5); Isabelle Baneux (2); Kate Jacobson; Nicky Jasbon
Gannon Goals:Katelyn Jacobs (5); Shanen Lazenby (2); Bailey Gadd; Janelle McDaniels
Saves: Connecticut - Ashley Amey (5) ; Gannon - Janelle Bartman (8)
Exclusions:Connecticut - 7 ; Gannon - 10
Advantage Opportunities: Connecticut - 5-for-10 ; Gannon - 4-for-7
Sprints:Connecticut - 2-for-6 (1st, 6th) ; Gannon - 4-for-6 (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th)
Officials: Alex Stankevitch, Josh Kratz