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Alyssa Hess cored three goals in the Cougars' record-breaking win over Penn State Behrend.

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March 8, 2014
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s water polo team shattered five program records in a 24-0 win over Penn State Behrend before falling 11-10 to George Washington in triple overtime on Saturday at the Claremont Convergence.

The Cougars, who snapped a three-match skid with their win over PSUB, set new standards in goals in a match, margin of victory, goals against, assists, and steals while having four separate player record hat tricks in the victory. Freshman Megan Myers tallied a team-high four goals in an otherwise balanced attack, with Alyssa Hess, Rebecca Bennigson, and Maryann Slama each finding the back of the net three times.

The Cougars, who had 24 assists to beat the old Azusa Pacific mark by nine, had seven players with multiple goals with 12 different players registering a score in the victory. Courtney Folsom had a four assists to go with her two goals, while freshman Robyn Fernandez tied a program-record with five assists.

The Cougar defense led the team to its first shutout in Cougar history thanks to a team-record 22 steals, four of which came from Alex Paxton. Hess, Slama and Folsom each tallied three takeaways, and keepers Katie Margot and Jessica Armagost combined for 10 saves a four assists.

Azusa Pacific jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter, and went into halftime ahead 13-0. A seven goal third quarter gave the Cougars a 20-0 advantage before four fourth-quarter goals sealed the team’s eighth win of the season.

In the triple overtime loss, Azusa Pacific and George Washington were tied after each of the first two frames. The Cougars and Colonials were knotted at 1-1 after the first, and went into the break squared at 5-5. After 24 minutes of play Azusa Pacific led 6-5, but a 3-2 fourth for GWU pushed the match to overtime.

In the first overtime period each team found the back of the net once to make it a 9-9 game, and after the contest couldn’t be solved with another 1-1 frame the teams went to sudden-death overtime tied at 10-10. In the third OT George Washington clinched the victory with a golden goal in the low left corner of the frame, handing the Cougars their third loss of the weekend.

Taylor Whitney had a strong performance in a losing effort, tallying four goals, while Myers added a pair of scores and assists. Alynn Reade tabbed three steals in the loss, with Slama chipping in with two steals. Margot finished with 14 saves in the loss, and added two steals. The Cougars converted only two 6-on-5 opportunities, but limited the Colonials to just one 6-on-5 score.

Azusa Pacific, which has played all 19 of its matches on Fridays or Saturdays this season, will face Cal State Northridge and Claremont Mudd Scripps on Wednesday in Northridge before traveling to Tempe, Ariz. for the Arizona State Invitational over the weekend.