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Lady Wolverines notch ninth at Southern Championship

GROVE CITY, PA, April 7, 2001--The sixth time was the charm for the Grove City College women's water polo team.

The Lady Wolverines reversed an 0-5 all-time record against arch-rival Washington & Jefferson on Saturday with a 6-5 victory that carried them to a ninth-place finish at the 12-school Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Championship Tournament, hosted by Grove City College.  Junior Sarah Erdos (Broomall, PA/Marple Newtown) netted three goals, freshman Jessica Zedaker (Houston, TX/Cypress Creek) scored twice and junior Adrienne Hill (Portville, NY/Portville Central) buried the game-winner with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter, breaking a 5-5 tie. 

After spotting W&J the first goal of the game, Erdos and Zedaker each scored in the final minute of the opening quarter, putting the Lady Wolverines ahead 2-1.  The Presidents tied the game midway through the second frame before Erdos added her second goal 41 seconds before intermission, giving Grove City a 3-2 edge at half.  Zedaker's second tally with 3:50 left in the third extended the Lady Wolverines' lead to 4-2, but W&J rallied with a pair of goals to even the match at 4-4 heading into the final quarter.  W&J scored with 5:53 left in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead before Grove City got the equalizer a minute later when Erdos completed her hat trick.  With the game tied 5-5, Hill provided the winning margin with her team-leading 40th goal of the season.

The Lady Wolverines advanced to the Ninth-Place Game, where they were handed a 5-0 victory when Salem International was unable to field a full team.

Grove City opened championship play on Friday with a 16-4 loss to the University of Michigan.  Hill, Zedaker, senior Brianne Leas (Chesapeake Beach, MD/Northern) and freshman Tammy Hamsher (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) scored a goal each for the Lady Wolverines, who followed with a 14-5 loss to Bucknell.  Hill and Erdos scored twice and senior Brie Anne Thomas (Lancaster, PA/Lancaster) added a goal against the Bison.

Top-seeded Princeton University won the championship, defeating second-seeded Michigan in the title match, 11-5.

CWPA Southern Championship
FIRST DAY SCORES
Michigan 11, Bucknell 6
Indiana 16, Villanova 8
Princeton 10, Slippery Rock 3
George Washington 17, Gannon 9
Michigan 16, Grove City 4
Indiana 20, Salem International 10
Princeton 18, Penn State Behrend 2
George Washington 16, W&J 5
Villanova 19, Salem International 14
Slippery Rock 18, Penn State Behrend 4
Gannon 15, W&J 9
Bucknell 14, Grove City 5

 

 

CWPA Southern Championship
SECOND DAY SCORES
Princeton 12, Indiana 6
Michigan 11, George Washington 3
Slippery Rock 10, Villanova 8
Bucknell 18, Gannon 9
Salem International 18, PS-Behrend 7
Grove City 6, W&J 5
Eleventh-Place Game
W&J 9, Penn State Behrend 1
Ninth-Place Game

Grove City 5, Salem International 0
Seventh-Place Game

Villanova 11, Gannon 8
Fifth-Place Game
Bucknell 9, Slippery Rock 7
Third-Place Game
Indiana 11, George Washington 7
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Princeton 11, Michigan 5

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