ERIE, Pa. – The Connecticut College women's water polo team advanced to the championship game of the CWPA Division III Tournament by winning both of its postseason games on Saturday. The Camels defeated Penn State Behrend, 10-5, and Washington & Jefferson by a 7-3 score to earn the right to face Macalester for the league crown tomorrow afternoon.
Connecticut College 10, Penn State Behrend 5
Senior April Anderson (Mill Valley, Calif.) and freshman Stephania Lopez (Chicago, Ill.) netted five and four goals, respectively, to lead the Camel offense. Anderson recorded a natural hat trick in a span of 4:56 during the first and second quarters to put the team in full control, and Lopez matched the feat by finding the back of the net three times in just 49 seconds to make it 6-0 with 5:05 on the clock.
The Lions attempted to rally, but they never came closer than three goals the rest of the way. With the Camels leading by a 7-4 score, Anderson and Lopez combined to add three more tallies to lift the squad to the 10-5 win.
Connecticut College 7, Washington & Jefferson 3
Connecticut College utilized a balanced scoring attack and got a second straight game of outstanding goaltending from senior Sarah Nappo (Portland, Maine) to earn a four-goal win over Washington & Jefferson. After a scoreless first quarter, Connecticut College moved ahead by getting back-to-back goals from senior Sophia Soriano (Summerland, Calif.) and sophomore Kaitlin Reagan (Saratoga, Calif.) that came just 34 seconds apart.
Washington & Jefferson came within a goal on three separate occasions, but the Camels had an answer on the other end each time. Soriano netted her second marker of the contest with 7:34 remaining to make it 5-3 at the time and put the program ahead by multiple goals for good.
The Camels got goals from six different players and a nine-save effort from Nappo between the pipes in each contest. Anderson led the offense by finding the back of the net six times, while Lopez netted five goals in the two wins.
Connecticut College (8-7) will next face top-seeded Macalester tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in the championship match of the CWPA Division III Tournament.