ERIE, Pa.--The Connecticut College women's water polo team has won four out of its first five conference matches at Penn State University-Behrend this weekend, improving their record to 10-5 this spring.
The Camels knocked off Grove City (Pa.) 13-8 in the opening match of the weekend. Senior All-American Kelsey Millward (Baie D'Urfe, Quebec) had three goals, five assists and a pair of caused turnovers to lead the Camels in the triumph. Brianna Harrity (Jeffersonville, Pa.) chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Camels.
Sophomores Paige Cackovic (New Albany, Ohio), April Anderson (Mill Valley, Calif.) and Sophia Soriano (Summerland, Calif.) all contributed with two goals and an assist in the win. Shannon Cry (Monterey, Calif.) registered two goals and three assists in her first action of the season since returning from the NCAA Swimming Championship.
The Camels stormed out to a 7-1 lead at the half and never looked back.
"This was a good way to start the tournament," Connecticut College Head Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach Matt Anderson said. "We had a strong opening three quarters and established the pace to our liking."
In the second match of the weekend, the Camels knocked off the Fighting Scots of Monmouth College, 12-8.
The Camels trailed 3-2 after one quarter but out-scored Monmouth 4-1 in the second quarter and 5-1 in the third quarter to take control in the win.
Millward erupted with seven goals while Cry chipped in with one goal, three assists and four steals. Harrity contributed with three goals, two assists and three steals. Abbey Wrobleski (Honolulu, Hawaii) dished out three assists to go with her three steals in the triumph.
Soriano contributed a single marker. Sovia had eight saves and two assists in the cage.
"We had a super strong third quarter--which we've been waiting for
this year," Coach Anderson said. "Kelsey had a great shooting day and Bri did a little bit of everything."
In the third match of the weekend, the Camels knocked off the Macalester College Scots in a 13-8 victory.
This was a closely contested 9-8 battle as the teams headed into the fourth quarter but the Camels ended the game with a 4-0 run to put the match away.
"In our third game of the day we were tired but we were able to play
well in the second half to pull away from Macalester," Coach Anderson said.
Millward had six goals, two steals and three earned ejections in the victory to lead the Camels. Wrobleski chipped in with three assists and four thefts. Cry had a goal, two assists and two pilfers. Anderson finished with one goal, one assist, one steal and a pair of earned ejections.
Soriano scored twice in the win while Emma Stephens (Huntington Beach, Calif.) added a goal and an assist for the winning side. Sovia made 13 saves in the cage.
The Camels dropped a 7-6 decision in their first match of the day on Saturday to Washington & Jefferson College. Connecticut College was leading 5-4 after three quarters of action but the Presidents were able to strike for three goals in the fourth quarter to pull out the one goal win.
"After having lost to them by nine a few weeks ago we wanted to establish
a better effort which we were able to do," Coach Anderson asserted. "They were able to get a penalty shot towards the end of the game that gave them the winning
goal. I was very happy with how the Camels showed up and played in
Millward had three goals, two steals and two earned ejections in the match. Harrity contributed with two assists and two steals for the Camels. Anderson chipped in with one goal and one assist while Cry finished with one assist and two steals. Sovia made seven saves in the cage.
In the final match on Saturday night, the Camels avenged an early season loss to Carthage, knocking off the Lady Reds in a 14-5 triumph. The Camels took a 4-0 lead after one quarter and carried a 7-1 lead into the break. In the third quarter, the Camels out-scored the Lady Reds 5-0 to break the game open.
"After losing to them by five a few weeks ago we wanted to continue our
solid play from the weekend and start off strong," Coach Anderson said. "We played wonderful defense, had solid goalkeeping and Kelsey and Bri were on fire offensively
as well! It was a tremendous effort on all the girls' part!"
Millward erupted with seven goals, two assists and two steals to go with four earned ejections. Harrity chipped in with four goals, two helpers, three steals and one earned ejection in the triumph. Cry contributed with one goal and assisted on four others while adding four steals. Anderson had one goal and two steals. Wrobleski chipped in with one goal, three assists and three steals.
Sovia made 14 saves in the cage while Speranza made one stop in relief duty.
The Camels will wrap up their weekend in the Keystone State with matches against Penn State-Behrend and Utica College Sunday.