Huskies Closeout First CWPA Tournament with a 3-1 Finish

UW Water Polo at Portland 2016

Gresham, OR -- The University of Washington Women's Water Polo Club had an incredible weekend in their first Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) conference tournament. Hosted by Portland State University and held at Mt. Hood Community College on February 27-28th in Gresham, OR, the tournament featured all seven teams from the CWPA Northwest conference.

The Huskies went 3-1 for the first time in a CWPA tournament in as many seasons as any of the veteran players can remember; and has signaled a real turnaround for the program. This momentum has been building since the beginning of last season, and is now starting to show results.

"This past weekend's tournament was a great start to our season," said Co-Captain, Danielle Flanagan. "Our team has been working hard over the past months and this weekend proved that we have made incredible gains. Each player was crucial to our success this weekend and the development of our team could clearly be seen in the pool."

The Huskies first match was against Western Washington University. Battling nerves and an early morning travel schedule, the score was 4-4 at the end of the 1st quarter. But after an adjustment and a few calming words from the coaching staff, the Huskies came out firing in the 2nd quarter, outscoring the Vikings 7-1 and making the score 11-5 at the half. The Huskies never looked back and put up another seven making the final score 18-6. Goalie, Elizabeth Lipps (#1A/13, Menlo Park,CA) was "Player of the Game" making 11 saves over 3 quarters and 5 assists on the counterattack.

Taylor Lavin feeling pretty pleased after winning the sprint and adding a goal against Oregon B. Left to right: Taylor Lavine, Danielle Flanagan, Jaron Reed, Rudy Ramirez

Next up was Oregon B, where the Huskies were more than ready and came out with a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The final score was 11-5 Huskies, and all 17 players on the UW team were able to get quality minutes in and play. "Player of the Game" was freshman, Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA) who led with 3 assists, 2 steals and 3 goals.