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Senior Saranna Soroka and the Tigers look to extend their winning ways this weekend.
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No. 10 Women's Water Polo to Play Four at Bucknell Invite

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/15/2013
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Coming off a successful season-opening weekend, the No. 10 Princeton women's water polo team hits the road to play four games at the Bucknell Invitational from Feb. 16-17 in Lewisburg, Pa. The Tigers (3-1) will face a pair of receiving votes opponents in Hartwick and Wagner and 12th-ranked Indiana this weekend.

Bucknell Invitational Schedule:
Saturday, Feb. 16 vs. RV Wagner at 1:50 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16 vs. Marist at 7:40 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 vs. No. 12 Indiana at 12:40 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 17 vs. RV Hartwick at 4:10 p.m.

Last Time Out: The Tigers opened the year battling then-No. 4 California to the wire, but ultimate fell 7-5 on Feb. 8 at the Princeton Invitational. They followed that up with three victories over Villanova, 15-3, George Washington, 20-6, and Harvard, 11-7.

Johnson Makes CWPA History: For the first time in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) league history, Ashleigh Johnson swept the weekly divisional awards. The women's water polo freshman was named Southern Division Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week following her first collegiate weekend. She is the first player, male or female, since the creation of the Defensive Player of the Week award in 2010 to accomplish such a feat.

In her Princeton debut she broke a single-game saves record with 19 stops versus then-No. 4 Cal and nearly tied it versus Harvard the next day with 18 saves. She heads to Bucknell behind 56 saves, four steals and four assists over 13 quarters of work.

Tabbed at 10: For the consecutive second week, Princeton remains ranked No. 10 with 57 points in the Varsity Top 20 Poll and is the highest ranked East Coast team. They are also ranked No. 1 the CWPA Division I/II Poll with 100 points.

Offensive Output: The Tigers are outscoring opponents 44-20 over the first four games of the year. Saranna Soroka leads the offense with eight goals, and Ashley Hatcher, Molly McBee and Katie Rigler have seven apiece.

Scouting RV Wagner: Princeton opens the weekend with a receiving votes 3-1 Wagner team. The Seahawks defeated Brown, 8-7, Claremont, 14-7, and Colorado State, 9-5, to open the Brown Invite last weekend. Due to snowstorm Nemo, Wagner and Brown faced off a second time, with the Bears earning a 5-4 victory to hand the Seahawks their first loss.

Scouting Marist: Marist (2-3) is coming off a 2-2 weekend at the Triton Invite. The Red Foxes have fallen to three nationally ranked teams, but most recently earned consecutive wins over Sonoma State, 7-2, and Santa Clara, 8-7, on Feb. 10. Jessica Hamby leads the offense with seven goals and goalie Rebecca Thomas has 44 saves and a .506 saves percentage.

Scouting No. 12 Indiana: Indiana already is nine games into the year and sits at 3-6. The 12th-ranked Hoosiers are coming off a 1-3 weekend at the Stanford Invite from Feb. 2-3, facing mutual opponent California and losing 12-7.  Goalie Mary Campbell has 56 saves and allowed 81 goals against, while Jakie Kohli leads in the field with 18 goals and 14 steals.

Scouting RV Hartwick: After losing six straight, Hartwick snapped its skid with a pair of victories over Santa Clara and Sonoma State at the Triton Invite to improve to 5-6 on the year. Sami Capparelli has a team-high 39 goals over 11 games and goalie Hayley Cox has a 8.73 goals against average and made 65 saves.

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