NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Austin College women's water polo team battled to the end, but the 'Roos came up short against top-seeded Macalester in the title game of the CWPA Division III Tournament on Sunday afternoon, falling 8-5. The 'Roos finish their inaugural year with a 8-9 overall record.
The 'Roos got on the board first on a goal by Presley Woods, and after Macalester evened things up, Woods struck again to make it 2-1 with 1:35 left in the opening quarter. However, Macalester would tally with 24 seconds left to square things up after one. Macalester then used a 2-0 second quarter to head into halftime leading Austin College by a score of 4-2.
Austin College fought back in the third quarter, getting goals from Kendall Katusak and Lexi Wong to make it 4-4 but Macalester countered with two goals to close the third period leading 6-4. The margin would grow to 7-4 early in the fourth before Shannon Berry scored with 6:14 remaining to pull Austin College to within two, but that's as close as things would get the rest of the way. Macalester would tack on an insurance goal with 4:35 remaining to make it an 8-5 final.