Seattle, WA -- The University of Washington Women's Water Polo teams went 4-0 and 1-3 as they hosted the Northwest Division opener this past weekend at Rodgers High School Aquatic Center in Puyallup, WA.
Although this marks the third tournament of the year for the Huskies, this is the first tournament for the Northwest Division. Participating teams were: the University of Oregon "A" and "B", Oregon State University, Western Washington University, and Portland State University, as well as the University of Washington "A" and "B" teams (Purple and Gold respectively.)
The Huskies Purple team started off the tournament with a 24-2 win over Portland State, including 8 goals for the Dawgs in the first 5 minutes of the match.
Next up, were the Huskies Development team (Gold) who got to open the season with a tough match-up against division rival, University of Oregon "B". At the half, the Huskies were up 4-1, with 2 goals from freshmen, Sophia Ko (#13, Puyallup, WA) and single tallies from Julia Harry (#2, Maple Valley, WA) and Katie Snell (#8, Cupertino, CA). But a second half resurgence and a last minute goal in the 4th put the Ducks over the Huskies 5-4. This game was just a preview of what will be a great rematch in two weeks when the Ducks host the second tournament of the Northwest Division.
A few hours later, it was the Huskies Purple team's turn to take on Oregon "B". Despite a focus on defensive work rather than goal scoring, the Huskies came out swinging once again, taking a 6-0 lead in the first quarter behind Northwest Division Player of the Week, Karli Stevenson (#4, Tacoma, WA), and co-captain, Mary Elizabeth Ward (#6, San Rafael, CA). The Huskies did not allow the Duck's "B" team to score until 4 minutes into the third quarter. The final score was 20-4 with Ward taking team player of the game honors.
Immediately after, it was the Gold team's turn again, who were hoping to show their resolve after the tough loss earlier. The fired up Dawgs, were able to start hot with a strong counterattack behind co-captains, Arielle Howell (#6, Olympia, WA) and Caroline Lorentzen (#14, Seattle, WA) as well as newcomer, Tiara Adler. The Huskies Development team was able to secure their first win of the tournament by outlasting Western Washington University, 9-5.
The second day of the tournament started with what would be the toughest game of the weekend for the Huskies Senior team; a rematch from last year's championship game against the division runner-up, the Oregon State Beavers. Bu