Huskies go 4-0 in Corvallis! Secure #2 Seed in the Northwest Division

UW Women's Water Polo - Corvallis, OR 2016

Corvallis, OR -- After an exhausting two week stretch of back to back Northwest Division tournaments both hosted in Oregon, the women's water polo club of the University of Washington has emerged with the #2 seed heading into the Division Championships in Pullman, Washington next month. This past weekend was particularly special as the Huskies went 4-0 for the first time in a Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) division tournament since 2008. The Huskies are 7-1 in conference play and 8-4 overall.

This weekend was one to remember and may be the biggest signal yet that the program has returned to form after several years of dormancy.

The Huskies knew they had a tough match up ahead when the first game of the weekend was against the Northwest division's perennial top-finisher and host team, Oregon State. OSU had already played #1 seed University of Oregon and lost in a close 5-3 matchup the previous weekend in Portland.

It took four quarters of play and three periods of overtime in a black and orange, Beaver fan-packed Osborn Aquatic Center, but the Huskies emerged victorious in a 10-9 nail-biter with freshman, Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA) converting the power play in the "golden goal" overtime period.

CWPA rules require two 3 minute overtime periods; if the score is still tied, it goes to 3 minutes periods until the first goal or "golden goal" is scored to end the game.

Ward was phenomenal in the game. After getting into early foul trouble she doubled her efforts to come out with 5 goals including the game winner, 1 assist and an ejection earned. But the main attraction of the game was the UW suffocating defense earning goalie, Sierra Anderson, Player of the Game honors with 16 saves. The Dawgs were everywhere; not allowing much to happen on the OSU offensive side of the ball. The defense was so aggressive that it was contributing to the large number of ejections early in the first quarter with 3 players having two ejections each. It ended up not mattering as every powerplay by OSU was shutdown and the only goals against the Huskies of the first half, were three penalty shots resulting in 4-3 at the half, UW.

The Huskies unfortunately blew a 3 goal 6-3 lead in the fourth quarter after an attempt to slow the game down. But UW's Brenna Tinsley (#8, Auburn, WA) fired back with a 2 meter shot to make the game 7-6. It looked like a UW win until a hail mary by OSU's Madeline Torres, sailed perfectly into the corner of the cage with 18 seconds left on the clock. The Huskies called a timeout to run an offense in the last seconds, but a significant injury to UW's