NEW LONDON, Conn. — Penn State Behrend led Washington & Jefferson College by an 8-7 score with 2:02 to play in the fourth quarter, but a red card to W&J Nikola Malezanov and the lack of an institutional representative/assistant coach brought the game to a sudden halt as the Lions claimed a 5-0 forfeit win over the Presidents to open Day Two of the 2019 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III Championship at Connecticut College’s Jane Cadwell Lott ’36 Natatorium.
Per National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Rule 3/Officials – Referees- Control Over Conduct (Article 3, Subsection 3 Red Cards) – “There must be a representative of the institution available to oversee the team when the head coach has received a red card and is excluded from the remainder of the game. Eligible institutional representatives may be declared along with the roster of players before the game, either on the program, if available, or on the scoresheet. If an institutional representative was not declared before the game, a reasonable amount of time (two minutes) will be allowed for an institutional representative to become available on the deck to assume coaching responsibilities. Interpretation: The head coach, assistant coach, athletic trainer, strength coach, director of athletics and faculty athletics representative. If the sole institutional representative for a team is the head coach and that coach receives a red card, the game will be declared a forfeit by the referee. The institutional representative may not be an undergraduate student nor an adult without official institutional responsibilities.
Further, the person receiving the red card is automatically suspended from the next traditional season game, preventing Maleznov from coaching W&J’s next contest. The Presidents (4-14), due to the loss, are slated to compete against either Utica College or host Connecticut College in the Ninth Place game at 6:00 p.m. – a contest which W&J also forfeits for lack of a head coach/institutional representative.
All statistics from the game are voided as the contest goes down as a 5-0 forfeit.
The game marked the third meeting of the year between the two CWPA Division III-East Region teams as Penn State Behrend fell to the Presidents by a 17-13 final score in Washington, Pa., on March 10 prior to picking up a 14-10 victory over W&J at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., on March 23.
Penn State Behrend (4-19) will next be in action at 3:30 p.m. against Grove City with a spot in the Fifth Place game on the line. The Lions went 0-2 against the Wolverines during CWPA Division III-East Region competition by falling 16-9 on March 10 at Washington & Jefferson and 14-12 on March 23 at Grove City.
|1st Q||2nd Q||3rd Q||4th Q||–||FINAL|
|Washington & Jefferson College||2||1||3||X||–||0|
|Penn State Behrend||3||4||1||X||–||5|
|Penn State Behrend Goals:||Remy De Guzman (3); Alison McClure (2); Carson Hagood; Lauren Wood; Daniela Rios|
|Washington & Jefferson Goals:||Emma Rearson (3); Chole Magyari (2); Kirsten Yatsko|
|Saves:||Penn State Behrend – Mackensie Robie (6) ; Washington & Jefferson – Cecelia Weiss (8)|
|Exclusions:||Penn State Behrend – 8 ; Washington & Jefferson – 6|
|Advantage Opportunities:||Penn State Behrend – 4-for-6 ; Washington & Jefferson – 4-for-8|
|Sprints:||Penn State Behrend – 0-for-4 ; Washington & Jefferson – 4-for-4|
|Cards/Misconducts:||Penn State Behrend – None ; Washington & Jefferson – YC – (Head coach Nikola Malezanov, 2:00 left in 1st Q), YC/RC (Head coach Nikola Malezanov, 3:50 left in 2nd Q), RC (Head coach Nikola Malezanov, 2:02 left in 4th Q)|
|Officials:||Gabriel Maldonado; Brad Peavey|
Washington & Jefferson College’s Emma Rearson (#10) and Kiera MacWhinnie (#12) defend Penn State Behrend’s Lauren Wood (#9)
Washington & Jefferson College’s Paige Adams (#2) attempts to lob a pass over the head of Penn State Behrend’s Remy De Guzman (#19)
Penn State Behrend’s Alison McClure (#5)