Print Friendly, PDF & Email

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Jessica Modrak (Sr., Weston, Fla.) scored five times to collect Player of the Game accolades as Southeast Division Champion/No. 6-ranked the University of Florida clamped down and went into a death-roll to handle Atlantic Division Champion the University of Virginia, 13-0, in the opening round of the 2019 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by the University of Notre Dame at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.

  • Florida, which went 11-0 during Southeast Division play, jumped on the Wahoos early and often racking up a 6-0 lead by the conclusion the first quarter to overwhelm Virginia.
  • The margin ballooned to 9-0 by halftime before Florida chipped in pairs in the third and fourth quarters to claim the shutout victory.
  • For the Gators, Modrak (five) led the way on offense, while goalies Emily Stevenson (Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (five saves) and Mary Campbell (Gr., Orlando, Fla.) (four saves) split time between the pipes.  Stevenson was the goalie of record as she claimed the win.
  • Mariana Lombello (Sr., North Miami, Fla.), Hayley Suraci (Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.) and Emily Fennell (Sr., Tampa, Fla.) all stroked in pairs of markers for the Gators, while Daniela Duarte (So., Lake Mary, Fla.) and Emily Hill (So., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) both fired in solo strikes.
  • Virginia goalie Ellen Beauchemin (Sr., Fairfax, Va.) took the loss with four saves.
  • University of Florida head coach Katie Larson and assistant coach Tim Larson are the only wife-husband coaching duo at this year’s tournament.  The Larsons will aim to keep the program on its frozen-rope like path to the upper-tier of the collegiate club ranks as Florida earned a spot in a quarterfinal clash at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, with the victor of a first round game between Big Ten Division Champion/No. 10 Michigan State University and North Atlantic Division Champion the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • The win guarantees Florida can not finish lower than Eighth Place in the final tournament standings, while Virginia can not finish higher than Ninth Place.
  • This marks Florida’s 14th appearance at the Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship as the Gators hold 14-of-19 Southeast Division titles and have never finished outside the Top 10 at the National Club tournament by placing second (2001, 2006), third (2002, 2004, 2012, 2018), fourth (2003, 2016), fifth (2000, 2011), seventh (2008), eighth (2014) and ninth (2005, 2007).
  • The 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Southeast Division Champion, the Gators finished as the division runner-up in 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017.
  • Three-time Atlantic Division Champion (2016, 2017, 2019) and one-time Mid-Atlantic Division titlist (2003) Virginia will return to the water at 7:30 p.m. this evening against the loser of the Michigan State-MIT game aiming to sweep its way through the remainder of the tournament to notch another Top 10 finish after previously placing 11th (2016), tying for 13th (2017) and notching a 10th place mark (2003) in the Wahoos previous trips to the penultimate women’s collegiate club championship.
1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q FINAL
University of Virginia 0 0 0 0 0
University of Florida 6 3 2 2 13
Florida Goals: Jessica Modrak (5); Mariana Lombello (2); Emily Fennell (2); Daniella Duarte; Hayley Suraci; Emma SteinBronn; Emily Hill
Virginia Goals: None
Saves: Florida – Emily Stevenson (5, 14 minutes), Mary Campbell (4, 14 minutes) ; Virginia – Ellen Beauchemin (4)
Exclusions: Florida – 6 ; Virginia – 6
Advantage Opportunities: Florida – 2-for-6 ; Virginia – 0-for-6
Sprints: Florida – 4-for-4 ; Virginia – 0-for-4
Cards/Misconducts: None
Officials: Tim Watson; Victor Rarau


University of Virginia goalie Ellen Beauchemin (#1) does up for a save

University of Florida’s Hayley Suraci (#13) rocks back to drop off a pass as the University of Virginia’s Katie Pajewski (#14) defends

University of Florida’s Kelly Martin (#9) scopes the field for an open Gator as the University of Virginia’s Emma Chamberlayne (#5) closes in

University of Virginia’s Savannah Morris (#16) eyes the cage as the University of Florida’s Jessica Modrak (#8) pursues on defense

Collegiate Water Polo Association