Bucknell University Falls to George Washington & Wagner at Maryland Invitational

Julianne Valdes
Julianne Valdes

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Bucknell University women’s water polo team opened this weekend’s Maryland Invitational with a pair of losses on Saturday. The Bison lost the opener of the two-day event to George Washington University, 10-8, and followed that with a 13-12 loss to Wagner College just a few hours later. Bucknell fell to 4-2 on the season.

Despite the losses, a handful of Bison put up impressive individual numbers on Saturday. In the opener against the Colonials, Hallie Kennan tallied four goals, while Haley Prickett dished out a career-high five assists. Additionally, Brittany Connell registered a career-high nine saves while playing just the first half in goal.

In the nightcap, Kandis Canonica totaled three goals and three assists, Kennan added two goals and one assist to her morning tally and Julianne Valdes posted a three-goal outing.

With nine points total on Saturday, Canonica now has 345 in her career, placing her just 13 shy of tying Aubrey Rowe’s program record.

Against George Washington, a team Bucknell had beaten all three times they played in 2010, the Bison trailed 6-4 at halftime and never overcame the deficit. In a weird sequence of events, the final score was actually 10-9, but the officials signed the scoresheet indicating the score was 10-8, making that the official score of record.

Bucknell held a late lead against the Seahawks, but Wagner scored six times in the fourth quarter for the one-goal win. The Bison had defeated the Seahawks 11-4 less than a week earlier at the Bison Invitational. It was Wagner’s first-ever win in 12 tries against Bucknell.

Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications

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