PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Kara Vandawater (Jr., Rockford, Mich.) scored five times, including pairs in the second and third quarters, as No. 4-ranked Grand Valley State University eclipsed No. 12 the University of Virginia, 15-2, in the opening round of the 2017 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Pittsburgh's Joe C. Trees Pool.
The win earns Midwest Division Champion GVSU a date with No. 1/Sierra Pacific Division Champion the University of California-Davis in a tournament quarterfinal at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. UC-Davis advanced to the quarterfinals by turning back North Atlantic Division Champion the Massachusetts Institute of Technology via a 17-0 final score in recording the third shutout in the modern history of the Women's National Collegiate Club Championship.
Grand Valley State never trailed in the game as Brynn Rohloff (Jr., Saline, Mich.) and Murielle Garbarino (Fr., Grand Haven, Mich.) pumped in markers at the 5:14 and 4:06 marks of the first quarter, respectively, to stake the Lakers to a lead they would never relinquish the rest of the way.
Jessica Fairly (Mechanicsville, Va.) cut the margin in half with a strike at 2:23, but Vandawater netted an even-strength score (2:06) prior to Nikita Netjes (Sr., East Grand Rapids, Mich.) and Garbarino converting in order on man-up chances with 1:28 and 56 seconds left to provide Grand Valley State a 5-1 lead after seven minutes of action.
The lead continued to balloon over the remainder of the first half as Vandawater begin the second quarter with back-to-back blasts at 5:57 and 5:32 to achieve a hat-trick before Hinderer hit the twine again at 4:47 to expand the gap to 8-1.
Neither team flipped their total on the scoreboard again until the final 11 seconds of the second quarter when Garbarino polished off hat-trick by swishing a power-play opportunity to make it a 9-1 game at the break.
Similar to the second quarter, the Lakers kept pouring it on in the third quarter as Vandawater (6:33, 3:45) and Hinderer (2:59) deposited natural goals over the first four minutes of the frame to fluff the lead to 12-1. Taylor Kehren (Fr., Grand Ledge, Mich.) and Hinderer wrapped up the quarter to accounting for consecutive advantage scores with 1:49 and 43 seconds remaining, respectively, as Grand Valley State carried a 14-1 lead into the fourth quarter of play.
Following 3:34 of scoreless back-and-forth water polo in the final frame, Agni Stavrinaky (Ft Lauderdale, Fla.) broke a 19:57 scoring drought by the Cavaliers/Wahoos by connecting on a shot with 3:26 to go to move Virginia within 14-2. However, GVSU maintained a 13-goal margin of victory thanks to Netjes who collected her second tally of the contest with 1:47 left on the clock for the 15-2 final score.
Garbarino and Hinderer joined Vandawater in recording hat-tricks for Grand Valley State. Netjes added a pair, while Kehren and Rohloff each tacked on solo strikes in support of a four save effort by goalie Hannah Heemstra (Jr., Zeeland, Mich.).
The Lakers have a chance to record the program's all-time best finish at the Women's National Collegiate Club Championship after previously garnering Sixth (2016 at the University of California-Santa Cruz) and 11th (2010 at the University of Arizona).
Stavrinaky and Fairly comprised the offensive effort for the Atlantic Division Champion Cavaliers/Wahoos who punch their ticket to a showdown with MIT at 7:30 p.m. this evening in the consolation side of the bracket.
In cage, Ellen Beauchemin (Fairfax, Va.) registered eights saves in taking the loss.
Virginia will hope to win its next game and battle over the remaining two days of the tournament with a penultimate goal of bettering its previous 10th (2003 at Carthage College) and 11th (2016 at UC-Santa Cruz) place finishes.
|No. 12 University of Virginia
|No. 4 Grand Valley State University
GVSU Goals: Kara Vandawater (5); Murielle Garbarino (3); Jessica Hinderer (3); Nikita Netjes (2); Taylor Kehren; Brynn Rohloff
Virginia Goals: Agni Stavrinaky; Jessica Fairly
Saves: GVSU - Hannah Heemstra (4) ; Virginia - Ellen Beauchemin (8)
Exclusions: GVSU - 8 ; Virginia - 6
Advantage Opportunities: GVSU - 5-for-6 ; Virginia - 0-for-8
Sprints: GVSU - 3-for-4 (2nd, 3rd, 4th) ; Virginia - 1-for-4 (1st)
Officials: Michael Schofield, Dave Alberstein
University of Virginia's Agni Stavrinaky shoots over Grand Valley State University's Murielle Garbarino
The University of Virginia's Ellen Beauchemin attempts to make a save on a shot by Grand Valley State University's Kara Vandawater (No. 14) as Olivia Sheffer (No. 11) pursues