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April 20, 2012

Grove City advances to title match

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's water polo team earned a pair of victories Friday in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III Championships, held in the Wolverines' James E. Longnecker Pool.

The top-seeded Wolverines opened play with a 19-2 win over No. 8 Chatham in the quarterfinals. Friday night, Grove City rolled to a 13-3 semifinal victory over fifth-seeded Connecticut College.

Grove City will now face No. 2 seed Washington & Jefferson in Saturday's championship match at 3:30 p.m.

Grove City roared to a 9-1 lead by halftime against Chatham. Seven Wolverines scored in the win. Freshman Jocelyn Hinkle (Freeland, Pa./Hazleton) fired in five goals to lead the Wolverines. Freshman Lauren Hulsebus (Belmont, Mich./Rockford), senior Chelsea Johnson (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington), sophomore Abby Wells (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) and senior Andrea Wilson (Newberg, Ore./Veritas) all scored three times.

Sophomore Kristi Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) and senior Amy Fleming (Annandale, Va./Annandale) both scored once.

Wilson dished out six assists while Hulsebus and Johnson both had two assists, as did junior goalkeeper Amanda Johnston (San Luis Obispo, Calif./San Luis Obispo). Baur, Fleming, Hinkle and Wells each had one assist.

Johnson led Grove City with five steals. Baur had four thefts and Hinkle and Wilson each had three steals. Johnston stopped five shots in goal.

Hulsebus and Johnson both scored four times in the semifinal win over Connecticut College. Fleming and Wilson each scored twice and Baur added a goal. Hinkle assisted five goals and Wilson added four assists. Baur, Fleming and senior Amanda Brush (Charlton, N.Y./Schenectady Christian) all tallied one assist.

Hulsebus posted four steals while Johnson and Wilson each had three steals. Johnston tallied five saves.

Grove City has won the CWPA Division III title in each of the league's first two seasons. The Wolverines defeated W&J in last year's title game in St. Paul, Minn., 7-2.

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