ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Carthage College earned a spot in the 2011 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Eastern Championship fifth place game as the Lady Reds sank Chatham University 10-6.
The Lady Reds never trailed in the game opening up a 4-2 lead by the end of the first period, expanding the margin to 7-3 by halftime and carrying an 8-5 advantage into the fourth period.
Overall, Carthage picked up the win by outscoring Chatham's Sachelle Taylor (So., Brooklyn, N.Y./Holy Childhood) who notched five of the Cougars' scores in the contest.
Mari Paraskevopoulos (Jr., Mount Prospect, Ill./Arlington Heights-Hersey) opened the scoring for Carthage with 5:03 left in the opening period. Taylor netted the equalizer at 4:20, but the Lady Reds ripped out three consecutive scores as Hillary Veselik (Fr., Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South) found the cage at 4:08 and 2:09. Division III Player of the Year Kimmy Genian (Sr., Gurnee, Ill./Highland Park) completed the scoring spurt at 1:46 with the only man-up tally of the contest to make it 4-1 in favor of Carthage.
Lauren Burrows (Fr., North Canton, Ohio/Glenwood) moved the Cougars back to within prior to the end of the period as she fired a shot into the back of the cage with 11 seconds remaining to make it a 4-2 game entering the second period.
Carthage began to pull away in the second frame as Paraskevopoulos, Genian and Veselik beat Chatham goaltender Allison Bodine (Jr., Frederick, Md./Urbana) at 5:08, 3:55 and 1:47, respectively to construct a 7-2 lead for the Lady Reds. Taylor responded with her second marker of the day 15 seconds following Veselik's blast to set the scoreboard at 7-3 in favor of Carthage at the break.
The Cougars attempted to make a game of the contest as Taylor put in scoring shots at 4:23 and 3:00, but Kati Pedersen (Jr., Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park-River Forest) returned the Lady Reds' advantage to three 1:07 prior to the end of the third period.
Carthage and Chatham exchanged goals to open the fourth period as Veselik and Taylor tossed in goals at 6:04 and 4:08, respectively, prior to Veselik joining Taylor with five goals at 3:01.
Sachelle Taylor (5); Lauren Burrows
Carthage Goals: Hillary Veselik (5); Mari Paraskevopoulos (2); Kimmy Genian (2); Kati Pedersen
Saves: Chatham - Allison Bodine (6) ; Carthage - Christine Menzenberger (8)
Exclusions: Chatham - 11 ; Carthage - 2
Advantage Opportunities: Chatham - 0-for-2 ; Carthage - 1-for-11
Sprints: Chatham - 0-for-4 ; Carthage - 4-for-4
Cards: YC -
Jennifer Swoyer (Chatham)