This past weekend, with five minutes and 18 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, senior co-captain Elizabeth McPhail scored a goal for the Knox women’s water polo club, which gave them their first lead in the game.
Two minutes later, sophomore Anne Heberle added an insurance goal and key saves by freshman Katherine Miller helped Knox secure a 7-5 victory over Illinois State University.
“We were down 3-1 in the second quarter and came back to tie the game up 3-3 and with the score tied 5-5 pulled ahead,” Coach Jonathan Powers said.
With the win, Knox clinched third place in the Heartland Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association and finished the season with a 4-4 overall record.
“The games we won this year, we pulled ahead in the second half. In the Grinnell game, we were tied 5-5 at halftime and shut them out after that and won 11-5, which is a testament to how hard the women worked this year. It was the first time we had beaten Grinnell since 2005,” Powers said. “One of the things I am most proud of about this team is that we had eight different players score multiple goals for us this year. It was really satisfying to see the team improve throughout the year.”
Sophomore Kelley O’Connor led the club in goals scored with 16, followed by Heberle, who scored 13 goals. Freshman Laura Blue had four goals as did sophomore Sarah MacDowell and McPhail. Rounding out the list of goal scorers are sophomore Bekah Bally along with senior Sara Dreiser and junior Kaylin Maanum who each scored three goals apiece.
Knox’s women’s water polo club had their best finish in 2005 when they placed third in the conference and went to the National Collegiate Club Championship. The club began intercollegiate play in the spring of 2003.