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Women's Water Polo moments after stunning Winter Park (2014)

Milestone night for Women's Water Polo
2/27/2014 2:51:00 AM

The precursor for the emotional nightcap was arguably one of the most exciting games in Women's Water Polo history as the Panthers defeated Winter Park, 10-9, their first ever victory over the Wildcats. DP (2-0) fell behind by two goals early but Jacqueline James halved the lead when she took a pass from her sister, Julia James, and deposited a shot into the left corner at 3:17. Just 44 seconds later, senior captain Allie Magrino, off an assist from Jacqueline James, tossed a dart into the right corner of the cage to knot the score at 2-2. Winter Park responded with a goal to regain the lead but with 12 seconds left in the period, goalkeeper Jess Robinson launched a pass deep down the middle of the pool to a wide open Jillian Goulden for the tying score (3-3) after one quarter. Three minutes into the second, Allie Magrino put DP up again. After a shot caromed off the crossbar, she drove towards the right side, beat the keeper to the ball and punched it into the corner for a 4-3 lead. After the Wildcats pulled level again, junior Rikki Price put her name on the score sheet, taking a pass from Magrino and popping it into the right corner of the cage for a 5-4 lead. After back to back Winter Park goals, DP rallied in the third quarter with four consecutive scores, two by Rikki Price (assisted by Jacqueline James) and two more by Jillian Goulden (assists to Emily Kliewer and Jess Robinson), to take a 9-6 lead into the fourth quarter. With 5:25 left, Jacqueline James buried her second goal in the left corner and DP seemed to be in strong shape with a 10-6 lead. But Winter Park is one of the state's best programs and one thing they do not do is panic. In a span of four minutes, the Wildcats shaved a four goal deficit down to just one, 10-9, but the Panthers shut the door defensively in the final minute to pick up arguably one of their best victories since the program's inception. Jess Robinson was sensational between the pipes with 16 saves, including one off a penalty shot, and three assists; Rikki Price and Jillian Goulden netted three goals apiece; Allie Magrino scored two goals, assisted on a third and picked up five steals while Emily Kliewer registered two steals and an assist. Both teams will head up to Oviedo Friday to take on Winter Springs.

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