ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In a cat-fight, the Cougars of Chatham University used a 7-3 scoring advantage in the first half to outlast and overcome the Behrend Lions of Pennsylvania State University-Behrend 11-9 to earn a place in the seventh place contest at the 2011 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Women's Division III Eastern Championship at Macalester College's Leonard Natatorium.
Chatham, which handled PSU-Behrend 16-4 in regular season league play and 11-7 in non-conference competition, saw PSU-Behrend crack the scoring column first via a power play goal by Anne Lawrence (Jr., State College, Pa./State College) at 5:18 in the opening quarter.
However, the Cougars showed no signs of panic as Olympic hopeful Sachelle Taylor (So., Brooklyn, N.Y./Holy Childhood) netted back-to-back goals at 3:57 and 1:14 to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
Leading 3-1 by the end of the first period, Chatham expanded the margin to 7-3 by the end of the first half thanks to a 4-2 scoring advantage in the second period and never looked back.
Three players accounted for the Cougar's eleven goals as Talyor put away four markers, while Player of the Game Selina Breiner (Jr., Moon Township, Pa./Moon) netted a game-high five goals. Paige Dunlap (Sr., Greenwood, Ind.) rounds out the Cougars' scorers with two points as the trio have combined for 16 of Chatham's 17 goals in the tournament.
Penn State-Behrend tried their hardest to claw their way back in the game thanks to the relentless efforts of MaryEllen Spooner (So., Springfield, Va./West Springfield), Kendell Duffy (Jr., Vernon Hill, Ill./Vernon Hills), Lawrence and Jillian Sebrosky (Sr., Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park). Each finished the game with two goals, while Rachel Ragen (Fr., Erie, Pa./Iroquois) chipped in a solo marker.
The victory places Chatham into a meeting at 9:00 p.m. this evening against tournament No. 1 seed and No. 8-nationally ranked Carthage College with a slot in the fifth place game on the line.
Penn State-Behrend is off until 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30 as the Behrend Lions will meet Utica College. The winner of the game will advance to take on Chatham University at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday in the seventh place game, while the loser finishes ninth in the nine-team tournament field.
Chatham Goals: Selina Breiner (5); Sachelle Taylor (4); Paige Dunlap (2)
Penn State-Behrend Goals: Kendell Duffy (2); Anne Lawrence (2); Jillian Sebrosky (2); MaryEllen Spooner (2); Rachael Ragen;
Saves: Chatham - Allison Bodine (4) ; Penn State-Behrend - Elizabeth Causgrove (9)
Exclusions: Chatham - 8; Penn State-Behrend - 2
Advantage Opportunities: Chatham - 1-for-2 ; Penn State-Behrend - 3-for-8
Sprints: Chatham - 4-for-4 ; Penn State-Behrend - 0-for-4
Officials: Perry Korbakis, Ed Prystalski