ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Kimmy Genian (Sr., Gurnee, Ill./Highland Park) and Player of the Game Hillary Veselik (Fr., Darien, Ill./Hindsale South) of Carthage College and Connecticut College's Kristin Lampley (So., Reading, Pa./Governor Mifflin) each netted five goals as the Lady Reds picked up a 14-9 victory over the Camels in the 2011 Women's Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Eastern Championship fifth place game.
The Lady Reds were ready to refocus after faltering the previous day when the top seed failed to qualify for a semifinal game due to a stunning 11-10 upset by No. 9 seed and tournament host Macalester College.
Once again, the squad turned to their senior leadership in Genian on the offensive end and Christine Menzenberger (Sr., Mokena, Ill.) on the defensive end in cage. Menzenberger made it difficult for the Camels to squeeze any shots between the posts as she recorded six saves in the game and twenty-one for the tournament.
Connecticut would not go silently into the offseason without a fight as the Camels climbed out of a 4-1 hole at the end of the first period.
With 1:24 remaining in the second period, Connecticut was able to tie the game on a goal by Megan Wright (So., Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa). The momentum appeared to shift following the removal of Carthage's Mari Paraskevopoulos (Jr. Mount Prospect, Ill./Arlington Heights-Hersey) for receiving red card, but the Lady Reds rebounded to outscore the Camels 8-5 in the second half to build a cushion and coast to a five-goal victory.
Carthage Goals: Kimmy Genian (5); Hillary Veselick (5); Amanda Kuchan; Ember McCoy; Kati Pedersen; Ashley Wulf
Connecticut Goals: Kristin Lampley (5); Emily Hunter (2); Gracie Miller; Megan Wright
Saves: Carthage - Christine Menzenberger (6) ; Connecticut - Pam Lovejoy (4)
Exclusions: Carthage - 7; Connecticut - 7
Advantage Opportunities: Carthage - 3-for-7; Connecticut - 3-for-7
Sprints: Carthage - 3-for-4 ; Connecticut - 1-for-4
Cards: RC - Mari Paraskevopoulos (Carthage)
Officials: Ed Prystalski, JR Vanderwall