NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's water polo team split a pair of gsames on the opening day of a home tournament at the Lott Natatorium. The Camels first defeated Penn State Behrend, 10-8, before suffering a tough 9-7 setback against Monmouth later in the evening.
Connecticut College 10, Penn State Behrend 8
Connecticut College got its season started on a high note by rallying late to defeat Penn State Behrend by two goals. The Camels never led until the final quarter when April Henderson scored her fifth goal of the contest with 5:30 remaining in regulation to create an 8-7 score. The senior tallied her sixth marker to make it 9-7 just 1:06 later, and the hosts hung on for the win.
In addition to Anderson's offense, Connecticut College got a strong effort between the posts from goalie Sarah Nappo (Portland, Maine). The senior finished the game with seven saves.
Monmouth 9, Connecticut College 7
In the nightcap, Connecticut College built up a 6-5 lead and had the momentum through three quarters of action by getting a marker from sophomore Kaitlin Reagan (Saratoga, Calif.). The Fighting Scots, however, used a late surge by netting three unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter and never looked back.
Prior to the Monmouth match, the Camels recognized seniors Paige Cackovic (New Albany, Ohio), Shannon Cry (Monterey, Calif.), Sophia Soriano (Summerland, Calif.), Anderson and Nappo for their contributions to the program over the last four years.
Connecticut College (1-1) wraps up tournament play tomorrow with games against Macalester at 9:15 a.m. and Utica at 2:15 p.m.