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Girls Water Polo: Fenwick storms past Mother McAuley

Updated: March 19, 2014 10:19PM



Fenwick’s girls water polo team always is geared up to take on rival Mother McAuley.

Wednesday, with memories of last season’s state quarterfinal loss to the Mighty Macs on their minds, the Friars took the pool with even more fire.

“It’s always a big rivalry and we’re always excited to play them,” Fenwick’s Colleen Barron said. “After last year, we wanted some revenge.”

The visiting Friars got it as Barron scored five times and Fenwick rolled to a 14-4 win in a Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference contest.

“I thought we played well,” Fenwick coach Jack Wagner said. “It’s early, and we have some new girls we’re trying to work in to the lineup. I think we’ve lost the last four times we’ve come here, so it’s nice to get a win in this pool.”

Catie Wallace scored four goals and Bridget Carey three for the Friars (6-0, 3-0).

Clare Bryar and Fran Williamson each scored twice for Mother McAuley (5-2, 0-2).

Fenwick got two early goals off turnovers, Barron and Janette Angelini scoring, and led 3-0 after one quarter.

It was 6-0 before Williamson scored on a power play to get the Mighty Macs on the board with 4:19 left in the half. That started a half-ending 4-0 run that got McAuley to within two.

Fenwick and goalie Lexi Buglio (5 saves), though, pitched a second-half shutout. Barron and Wallace each scored twice in the third as the Friars pulled away.

It was the second loss this week for McAuley, which fell Monday to defending state champion St. Ignatius.

“It’s still the beginning of the season,” McAuley coach Vanessa Carroll said. “We have 23 or 24 more games to go. We just have to work to get better and learn from our mistakes. St. Ignatius and Fenwick are great teams. We lost a lot of players from last year, but it shouldn’t matter. We just have to get back to where we were last year.”

For Fenwick, it was the second huge win in five days. The Friars topped St. Ignatius on Saturday.

“We’ve had some really intense practices to get us ready,” Barron said. “We’re playing well as a team.”



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