Water Polo Drops Second Straight in California

Verdon had five goals in the contest

March 27, 2013

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Division III member, Chapman University went on a 7-0 run that spanned over ten and a half minutes to down the Siena water polo team, in the second game of their California trip.  Dating back to 2011, it is the ninth straight loss for the Saints in the Golden State.  Their last victory in California came against Chapman.

The Saints (6-11) took a 2-1 lead in the first quarter with goals from Jasmine Carrillo and Jacque Verdon.  Siena looked like they would be able to pull away in the second when Verdon ignited a 3-0 run to take a 7-4 lead.  Four of Verdon’s career high five goals would come in the first half.

Chapman (10-8) would then go on a 7-0 run, with five of those goals coming in the third quarter.  Samantha McLaughlin tallied two goals in the period for the Panthers who picked up their third win of the season against a MAAC opponent.

Panther’s goalie Jordan Gilmore came into the net in the second half, and the Saints were not able to solve their second half defense.  Gilmore, recorded a third period shutout and tallied eight blocks and allowed just three second half goals.  All those goals came in the fourth quarter from a penalty shot by Lea Allen and a late goal by Jacque Verdon to make it a one goal game.

Chapman answered back when Alison Quincy netted a tally with just 43 seconds left to cap the 12-10 final score.

Verdon led all Siena scorers with five goals on 50 percent shooting.  Allen recorded a hat trick which included two penalty shots.  Allen also dished out five of the seven Siena assists.

Siena shot 36 percent on the day with six steals.  Verdon and Cally Timm led the squad with two swipes each. 

Verdon had her best overall game of the season including her five goals, two steal, she also drew three ejections.

Madeline Hurley saved eight shots in her three quarters of play with Stephani Pouder stopping three.

Siena will conclude their West Coast swing against California Institute of Technology tomorrow at 9 p.m.