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Monday, April 16, 2018
MACALESTER COLLEGE DOWNS CARTHAGE COLLEGE, 13-5, TO MAKE 2018 COLLEGIATE WATER POLO ASSOCIATION DIVISION III CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE GAME
MAST"s Cara Mullery headed to title game.
ERIE, Pa. — 2017 and 2018 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Most Valuable Player Lucille Moran (Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) scored five goals to notch Player of the Game accolades as the Division III No. 7-ranked/defending Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Champion Scots of Macalester College downed Carthage College, 13-5, in the semifinals of the 2018 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Championship at the David M. Hallman Aquatics Center.
Courtesy the win, Macalester (13-4 9-0 CWPA Division III) returns to the CWPA Division III Championship title game at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, as the squad will face the victor of a semifinal pitting four-time CWPA Division III Champion (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) Connecticut College against six-time (2011, 2012, 204, 2015, 2016, 2017) runner-up Washington & Jefferson College.
Historically, only three teams have won the past eight CWPA Championships as Grove City College (2010, 2011, 2012), Connecticut and Macalester have combined for all the previous crowns.
Taking on Carthage (6-11, 4-5 CWPA Division III) with a potential date with destiny as a two-time champion on the line, the Scots started slowly as the Lady Reds’ Mae Van Beest (Fr., Flossmoor, Ill./Marian Catholic) drew first blood by burying a shot with 6:26 on the first quarter clock.
Moran evened the score 11 seconds later as she found the back of the cage with a howitzer-shot with 6:15 on the clock to make it one-all. Neither team was able to put away another score in the first quarter as the two teams traded fruitless opportunities.
However, the pace and tide of the game shifted dramatically in the second quarter as Moran (6:25, 4:46), Natalie Hoffman (Jr., Seattle, Wash./Inglemoor) (6:08), Brooke Finney (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich./Jenison) (4:05) and Cara Mullery (So., Palmetto Bay ,Fla./MAST Academy) (3:48) opened the frame with five consecutive strikes to push ahead 6-1.
Carthage trimmed its deficit down to four prior to the halftime horn as Van Beest (1:42) and Allie Boothe (Sr., Wauconda, Ill./Mundelein) (40 seconds) delivered for their team to make it 6-3 prior to Moran responding at the 27 seconds mark for a 7-3 lead at the break.
The teams traded goals to commence the third quarter as Moran (6:25) and Van Beest (3:34) whirled in shots to keep the spread at four (8-4).
Macalester put the rest any doubts of the eventual outcome by ticking off back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back goals from the 3:04 mark of the third quarter until 5:25 of the fourth quarter to grab a 13-4 lead.
Oriana Galasso (So., Gresham, Ore./Central Catholic) ignited the run with a man-up marker with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter prior to Mullery (2:36) and Hoffman (2:06) accounting for even-strength strikes to make it an 11-4 game after 24 minutes of competition.
Following a successful five-meter penalty shot by Galasso (6:38) to start the fourth quarter, Mullery capped off her team’s scoring outburst and offense by lining in her own penalty shot with 5:25 remaining in the regulation to give the Scots a nine-goal lead at 13-4.
Down by nine-scores with under six minutes to play, Carthage managed to chipped its final deficit to eight prior to the final buzzer as Elyssa Hawkins (Sr., Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale-Central) floated in a shot with 1:23 to go for the 13-5 final score.
For Macalester, Mullery (three), Hoffman (two) and Galasso (two) joined Moran in netting multi-goal games, while Finney fired in a solo strike.
Between the pipes, Courtney Overland (Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani) made seven saves to earn the win for Macalester, while Emma Jeronimus (So., Hoffman Estates, Ill./Fremd) took the loss with 12 saves for Carthage.
The Lady Reds, who will take on the loser of the W&J-Connecticut game at 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, in the Third Place game, received a hat-trick by Van Beest and single goals from Boothe and Hawkins.
A Third Place game victory would mark Carthage’s fifth consecutive Bronze Medal nod as the squad previously finished Second (2010), Third (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Fourth (2013) and Fifth (2011, 2012) in the eight prior CWPA Division III tournaments.