ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Macalester College's Katie Eulau (Fr., Saratoga, Calif./Castilleja) earned Player of the Game accolades after leading all scorers with five goals in a 9-3 victory over Pennsylvania State University-Erie, The Behrend College during the opening game of the 2011 Women's Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Eastern Championship at home.
Penn State University-Behrend's MaryEllen Spooner (So., Springfield, Va./West Springfield) gave her squad the first lead of the match by putting away the inaugural goal of the tournament at 4:15 remaining in the first. The Behrend Lion's held the lead until 2:18 left in the same quarter when Rachel Harrington-Abrams (Fr., Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley) netted the equalizer for the Scots.
It only took an additional thirty seconds before Eulau put away her first marker of the match giving Macalester a 2-1 advantage and the Scots never looked back.
The second quarter action consisted of a pair of goals scored by Macalester's Phoebe Marcus (Fr., Carmel, Calif./Carmel) at 6:43 and Eulau at 5:59 giving their team a 4-1 lead going into the midgame break.
The remainder of the match highlighted the offense of Macalester who relied on the arm strength of Eulau and Harrington-Abrams. The pair went on to score four out of the five Scot's second half goals.
With the victory, Macalaster College moves on to face No. 1 seed Carthage College at 2:00 p.m. later today. Their two previous meetings during the season resulted in wins for the Carthage Lady Reds (13-5 W, 17-9 W), but the Scots hope to change their luck this weekend.
PSU-Behrend will next be in action at 6:00 p.m. versus the loser of a game between Washington & Jefferson College and Chatham University.
Macalester Goals: Katie Eulau (5); Phoebe Marcus (2); Grace Fleming; Rachel Harrington-Abrams
Penn State-Behrend Goals: Anne Lawrence; Paula Rusca; MaryEllen Spooner
Saves: Macalester - Chloe Kaulus (9) ; Penn State-Behrend - Elizabeth Causgrove (2)
Exclusions: Macalester - 5; Penn State-Behrned - 4
Advantage Opportunities: Macalester - 2-for-4 ; PSU-Behrend - 1-for-5
Sprints: Macalester - 2-for-4 ; PSU-Behrend - 2-for-4
Officials: Andy Mattson, JR Vanderwall