Water Polo Splits First Day at GWU Invitational
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Only six days removed from earning a win over George Washington at home, the VMI water polo team battled hard but ultimately fell by a 19-14 score Friday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C. The Keydets rebounded later in the night with an 11-8 victory over Mercyhurst.

The Keydets only trailed by a 6-4 tally after the first quarter, but the Colonials used a huge second period to score eight goals and hold VMI to three to expand their lead to 14-7 by the half. Both teams scored three in the third period and the Keydets outscored the Colonials, 4-2, in the fourth, but the second quarter proved to be the difference in the outcome.

Senior Cecilya Lundy paced VMI with five goals in the loss, including three in the first quarter, while Sophia DelBondio, Bailey Huddleston and Sarah Dolitsky each scored two goals. Shelby Barkley, Emma Noble and Natalie Rivas also netted goals for the Keydets.

Jacqueline Bywater and Ally Jochim each scored five goals for the Colonials to lead GWU to the win with Maggie Ball contributing four. In the cage for the second and fourth periods, Colonial keeper Samantha Runyon earned the win with five saves to her credit. VMI freshman goalie Isabel French logged 10 saves in the loss.

VMI 11, Mercyhurst 8

Facing Mercyhurst again following a three-week hiatus, the Keydets claimed an 11-8 win led by three goals from Barkley, two from Haley Scott and one apiece from Noble, Emma Perez, Huddleston, Rebecca Serrano, Dolitsky and Lundy.

Goalie Isabel French played 30 minutes and registered 11 saves for the win. She was replaced by junior Catie Berry in the final moments and Berry earned a save to help preserve the win.