first_imgAn even strength goal brought the Blues to within one but the Athenas again scored on the power play to restore the two goal margin.  The Blues answered with a power play goal of their own with only two seconds left in the third quarter and the teams entered what normally would have been the final  quarter with CMS ahead 5-4. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s water polo team fell 7-6 in 10 periods to the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas (CMS) on Wednesday night (Feb. 20). Jaffe again was outstanding in the Blues net, setting a team record with 24 saves.    After a light workout in the morning in Irvine, the Blues traveled to Claremont for an evening tiltwith the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Athenas (CMS).  What the team didn’t know was that it was going to be involved in the longest game in U of T water polo history and one of the longest water polo games period. The Blues jumped out to an early 1-0 lead only to see the Athenas bounce back with two unanswered goals to lead 2-1 after the opening quarter.  CMS stretched the total of unanswered tallies to four in the second period taking a 4-1 lead before Toronto got back on the board to trail 4-2 at the half. The Blues scored their second power play goal of the game to tie things up two minutes in.  The Athenas answered with two more power play goals to go up 6-5 heading into the final minute of play.  The Blues then went on the power play with 43 seconds remaining but, after a time out to set strategy, failed to convert. However, the never-say-die Blues fought and got the shot rebound and, with only nine seconds left, tied the score on sophomore center forward Caitlyn Tiedje’s backhand from the center forward slot. The exhausted Blues players had two power play opportunities to end things in overtime but could not muster the strength for a quality shot.  The difference in the game was the five power play goals versus two advantage that the Athenas created.center_img That set the stage for two required overtime periods to see whether an outcome would be decided. But neither team could score sending the game into sudden death.  Three additional sudden death periods also produced no goals.  Finally, in the 10th period of play, CMS won the swim off (the Athenas swept all ten) and scored on a skip shot that just eluded Blues stellar goaltender junior Rachael Jaffe (Irvine, California). Story Links Tiedje led the way for the Blues with a pair of goals while fellow Calgarian junior Rhianna Wood and freshmen Deena Charles (Langley, B.C.), Allie Vas (Yorba Linda, California) and Sarah Wentling (Mohnton, Pennsylvania) added singles. When the Varsity Blues women’s water polo team looked at the game schedule for Wednesday and saw only one contest, the players were ready for a respite from the grind of three successive days of doubleheaders.  Or so they thought.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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