NEW LONDON, Conn. — The Austin College women’s water polo team made history on Saturday, becoming the first program in its first year to ever advance to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III title game with a 7-2 win over Carthage in the semifinal round.
Madison Taylor led the defense and Valery Piachonkina had 13 blocks in goal for Austin College (8-8), which will face Macalester, the two-time defending champs, for the title at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Lexi Wong led the way with three goals and Presley Woods finished with two.
Woods got the scoring started for Austin College midway through the first quarter and the lead grew to 2-0 when Woods tallied again with just nine seconds left in the period.
Wong, who scored eight goals in the team’s opening round win over Penn State Behrend, got on the board in the second quarter to make it 3-0, but Carthage broke through with a goal to make it 3-1 at half-time.
Carthage cut it to a one-goal game early in the third quarter but that’s when the Austin College defense clamped down, out-scoring Carthage 4-0 the rest of the way. Wong scored to push it to a 4-2 lead to open up the fourth quarter, and Taylor scored to push it to a 5-2 game. Brooke Le added a goal with just over four minutes to play and Wong capped the victory with a goal at the 3:53 mark.