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No. 9 Women’s Water Polo Aims to Keep Rolling at MAAC/CWPA Crossover

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 02/20/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Sophomore Kimi Klein
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The ninth-ranked Princeton women’s water polo team will look to continue its early success and extend its 7-0 start this weekend at the MAAC/CWPA Crossover hosted at Harvard from Feb. 22-23. Live streaming through the Ivy League Digital Network will be available for all games.

The Tigers play three games over the two-day slate versus Siena and rematches against Iona and Wagner. Princeton was originally scheduled to face Villanova on Sunday, but that game has been cancelled.

MAAC/CWPA Crossover Schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 22 vs. Siena • 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 vs. Wagner • 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 23 vs. Iona • 11:45 a.m.

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers swept the Bison Invitational last weekend to share the tournament title with a 4-0 record.
• Princeton outscored its opponents 38-22 and earned a pair of victories over ranked teams.
• After opening with an 11-5 win over Marist, the Tigers earned a 9-8 thriller over then-No. 13 UC San Diego to close out day one.
• They concluded things dismantling host Bucknell, 10-3, and topping then-No. 20 Michigan 8-6.

On Deck: The Tigers return home after a seven-game road swing to host Harvard live on ESPNU on Sunday, Mar. 2 at 11 a.m. at DeNunzio Pool.

Polling Princeton:
• Princeton slips a spot to No. 9 in this week’s Varsity Top 20 with 61 points.
• The Tigers maintain their stance as the top ranked East Coast program and remain tabbed No. 1 in the CWPA Top 10 poll with 98 points.

McBee Tabbed Southern Division Player of the Week:
• Senior Molly McBee earned her first career CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honor after helping the Tigers go 4-0 at the Bison Invite.
• In addition to adding three assists and three steals, she had a breakout four-goal game versus 13th-ranked UCSD, including scoring the game-winner in the 9-8 comeback effort.

Johnson Named Southern Defensive Player of the Week Again:
Ashleigh Johnson was named CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks.
• It was the goalie’s sixth Defensive Player of the Week accolade and the eighth divisional weekly honor of her career.
• Johnson picks up the award following her 44-save, seven-steal and two assist outing at the Bison Invite, where she tallied five shutout quarters and topped two ranked teams en route to improving to 7-0.
• On the year, Johnson has 89 saves, 27 goals against, 10 steals, two assists and a .767 saves percentage.

Trending Now: The Tigers are outscoring opponents 74-34 on the year.

Guiding the Attack:
• Princeton has seen at least two goals from every field player thus far.
• The offense is led by a trio of veterans in Ashley Hatcher and Katie Rigler’s 12 goals and Jessie Holechek’s 10.
• Hatcher, Rigler and Kelly Gross each have team-leading six assists, as well.

Scouting Siena:
• Siena enters Saturday’s meeting after 21-day break in play.
• The Saints are 0-2 after falling to Brown, 14-7, and Marist, 20-11, on Feb. 1 at the Brown Invitational.
• Brianna Ritota leads the offense with five goals, while Melanie Boehrig has a team-high six assists and three goals.
• In the cage, Sarah Abbot (0-2) and Carly Jackson-Clark have shared duties with two and seven saves, respectively.
• Princeton is 3-0 all-time versus Siena, including going 2-0 in neutral sited contests.

Scouting Wagner:
• Wagner enters this weekend’s action at 5-6 and riding a two-game losing skid.
• The Seahawks topped George Washington and Villanova, before falling to Michigan and UCSD at last weekend’s Bison Invitational.
• Princeton and Wagner have already faced once this year, a 9-4 Tiger victory in their season opener on Feb. 8 at the Princeton Invite.
• The Tigers are 11-0 all-time versus Wagner, going 6-0 in neutral sited games.

Scouting Iona:
• Iona snapped its season-opening five-game losing streak with its first win of the year, 14-3, versus George Washington on Feb. 9 at the Princeton Invitational.
• The Gaels (1-5) have had a two-week break in play before heading to the Crossover.
• This will be the second meeting between Princeton and Iona in 2014, as the Tigers earned an 11-4 win over the Gaels on Feb. 8 at the Princeton Invite.
• Princeton is 12-1 all-time versus Iona, including 7-0 in neutral sited contests.

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