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Women’s Water Polo Finishes Tournament Play by Splitting Matches Against Grove City and Utica

Ginny McCool

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Connecticut College women's water polo team concluded competing at a weekend tournament on the campus of Washington & Jefferson by splitting its final two games on Sunday. The Camels first fell to Grove City, 17-11, before regrouping to register an 11-8 victory over Utica.

Grove City 17, Connecticut College 11

Early in the morning, Grove City built up a 4-0 advantage in the opening quarter and stayed ahead from wire-to-wire. The Wolverines built their lead up to as many as seven goals on five occasions before eventually coming away with a six-goal win en route to an undefeated weekend.

The Camels got strong contributions from captains Stephania Lopez (Chicago, Ill.), Ginny McCool (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Kaitlin Reagan (Saratoga, Calif.) in the setback. Lopez scored goals, recorded three steals, and added an assist, while McCool finished the game with a team-high four steals. Reagan contributed two goals, one assist, three steals, and a field block.

Connecticut College 11, Utica 8

After suffering its first loss of the 2019 season, Connecticut College finished the weekend on a high note and never trailed against Utica. Lopez broke a 3-3 tie and the second deadlock of the game in the early going by finding the back of the net with just over four minutes remaining in the second to keep the Camels on top for good. Freshman Marissa Moreno (San Diego, Calif.) scored to give the team a 6-3 advantage at recess, and the Pioneers would never recover.

Lopez exploded to record 10 points on seven goals and three assists. She also added four steals and a field block. Reagan posted six steals and three assists, while McCool stopped eight Pioneer shot attempts between the posts. Sophomore Brooklyn Hayes (Granville, Mass.) factored into three goals by registering one goal and two assists.

Connecticut College (3-1) will remain on the road and fly to California to play four matches in a span of three days. The team will first face Austin and Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, March 12.