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Women’s Water Polo Downs Penn State Behrend in Overtime

Brooklynn Hayes

GROVE CITY, Pa. – Sophomore Brooklynn Hayes (Granville, Mass.) provided timely scoring and junior Ginny McCool (Delray Beach, Fla.) made eight saves between the posts in leading the Connecticut College women's water polo team to a 14-13 comeback victory in overtime over Penn State Behrend on Friday afternoon.

The Camels trailed 12-11 and had their backs against the wall with one minute remaining in regulation, but Hannah Rogers (Kingston, Pa.) found the back of the net with 54 seconds left to eventually force an extra frame to decide the outcome. Even though the Nittany Lions scored the first goal in overtime, the Camels again came from behind by getting back-to-back goals from Hayes in a span of 1:11 to escape with the win.

Connecticut College led 3-1 at the end of the first before Penn State Behrend used a strong second quarter and balanced attack to gain the upper hand in a game that would feature eight ties and four lead swings. The Camels moved ahead again by a 7-6 score when sophomore Stephania Lopez (Chicago, Ill.) netted a goal with 1:53 remaining in the third, but their opponent responded with three unanswered and would never surrender the lead through the remainder of regulation. Connecticut College, however, stayed within striking distance and was able to stay within striking distance before eventually coming away with the win thanks to Hayes' late heroics.

Hayes finished the game with five goals for Connecticut College. Her second overtime marker which proved to be the difference put the Camels ahead for the first time since Clare Jefferys tied the game at 7s with 12 seconds left in the third quarter. Lopez provided six goals and three assists, while McCool made her eight saves by guarding the net in the first, third and fourth quarters as well as overtime. Freshman Marissa Moreno (San Diego, Calif.) finished the game with one goal, three assists, and a team-leading four steals.

Connecticut College (5-6), which improved to 4-1 overall against CWPA Division III opponents, will next face Washington & Jefferson this afternoon at 5:45 p.m.