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April 5, 2008

Grove City goes 1-1 in Western Division play

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's water polo team is 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Western Division after splitting two matches Saturday at the Grove City College Pool. The Wolverines opened the day by rallying for a 9-8 overtime victory over archrival Slippery Rock in a Western Division match. However, Indiana handed Grove City a 13-3 setback Saturday night.

Sophomore Kate Stiebler (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) fired in her fourth goal of the match with 26 seconds left in overtime to put Grove City ahead to stay against Slippery Rock. The Wolverines did not lead in the match until Stiebler's go-ahead goal. Grove City trailed 6-3 entering the fourth period and also faced an 8-6 deficit in overtime.

Grove City tied the match in overtime on goals from junior Monica Gigliotti (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and freshman Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn).

Junior Liza McRuer (Irvine, Calif./University) scored twice while freshman Liz Juncker (Huron, Mich./Huron) added a goal. McRuer, Stiebler and freshman Brittany LaPalme (Hollywood, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) all recorded assists.

Senior goalkeeper Keala Walter (Keaau, Hawaii/Newberg, Ore.) stopped 10 shots in earning the win. Baur recorded four steals while Stiebler had three steals.

Against Indiana, Grove City forged a 1-1 tie by the end of the first period and trailed just 5-1 at the half. However, the Hoosiers broke the match open with four third-quarter goals.

Baur, Juncker and Stiebler all scored for Grove City. Stiebler assisted on two goals while Juncker also registered an assist. McRuer blocked four shots while Juncker blocked three. In goal, Walter recorded 10 saves.

Grove City will visit Mercyhurst Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in CWPA Western Division play. That match was originally scheduled for March 7 but was postponed due to inclement weather.

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