ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Macalester College goalie Chloe Kaulas (Fr., Chicago, Ill./Latin School) made 16 saves, but could not repeat her performance from the Scots' upset of No. 8-nationally ranked and No. 1 seed Carthage College as Washington & Jefferson College upended the host institution in the semifinals of the 2011 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Eastern Championship at Leonard Natatorium.
The victory places W&J into the program's first Division III Eastern title game appearance as the Presidents will square-off with Western Pennsylvania arch-rival and defending conference champion Grove City College at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 for the 2011 conference title.
Overall, the Presidents are 0-2 against the Wolverines this year following 12-2 and 9-4 defeats.
In the history of men's and women's water polo at Washington & Jefferson, the Presidents have never won a championship as the men's program finished second at the Divsion III Eastern Tournament in 2010, 2009 and 2007. However, W&J has already made history by becoming the first institution to reach the men's and women's Division III title tilts in the same academic year.
Against Macalester, Katie Wieber (Sr., Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) opened the scoring with 6:32 remaining in the first period for the only tally during the opening eight mintues of competition to stake the Presidents to a lead they would not give up.
The lead ballooned to 4-1 by halftime as W&J reeled off a 3-1 run in the second period thanks to some solid man-up play. Two of the three Washington & Jefferson's goals came during power play bids as Catherine Villa (Fr., Poway, Calif./Poway) and Sarah Cull (Jr., Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) rattled the iron with 5:08 and 3:53 remaining in the first half, respectively.
Jillian Benson (Sr., Evanston, Ill.) began the process of attempting to chop into the lead as she fired home a score to make it 4-2 in the opening minutes of the third period. However, Kaulus refused to allow Macalester anymore offense in the period, while Wieber began to heat up again on the othter end of the tank.
Not wishing to see Macalester trim the lead anymore, Wieber placed a step out shot from the two meter position in a spot just out of the reach of Kaulas to return the margin to three at 5-2.
The teams traded scoring blows in the fourth period as Macalester's Brianna Besch (So., Cairo, Egypt/Cairo American College) put away a shot 7:35 to make it 5-3. Although the relatively quick score allowed the Scots plenty of time to mount a comeback, the Blue & Orange's players began to tire as the squad was competing in its third game of the day following victories over No. 8 seed Pennsylvania State University-Behrend (9-3 W) and No. 8-nationally ranked Carthage (11-10 W).
The Presidents executed their final goal midway through the period to set the final score as Kate Van Schaik (Sr., Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) zipped in a shot to make it 6-3.
Neither team could add to their scoreboard totals during the course of the final moments despite several exclusions and subsequent power-play opportunities in the contest's closing moments.
The host Scots will meet Wheaton College at 11:50 a.m. on April 30 in the third place game. Wheaton is 1-0 against Macalester this year courtesy a 10-5 victory in regular season CWPA Division III action.
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Macalester Goals: Jillian Benson; Brianna Besch; Katie Eulau
Washington & Jefferson Goals: Katie Weiber (2); Sarah Cull; Kate Van Schaik; Catherine Villa; Margot Wummer
Saves: Macalester - Chloe Kaulus (16) ; W&J - McKenzie Graf (6)
Exclusions: Macalester- 5; W&J - 5
Advantage Opportunities: Macalester - 0-for-5 ; W&J - 2-for-5
Sprints: Macalester - 2-for-4 ; W&J - 2-for-4
Officials: Andy Mattson, Perry Korbakis