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Senior Katlin Poladian and the Tigers host No. 20 Hartwick Friday.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Senior Night and No. 20 Hartwick Awaits No. 14 Women's Water Polo Friday

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/05/2012
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The No. 14 Princeton women's water polo team will host its home finale Friday, April 6 versus No. 20 Hartwick (23-8 overall, 3-3 Eastern Division) at 7 p.m. in DeNunzio Pool. The game also marks the Tigers (21-4) annual Senior Night ceremony, where the program will honor the graduating senior class.

Last Time Out: The Tigers remained perfect in Southern Division play with a 13-9 victory on the road at conference rival George Washington on Mar. 30, improving to 5-0 in Southern action. The following day, a sluggish start was too much for the Tigers to overcome as they were edged 7-6 by Maryland. Both Princeton and the Terps were tied for No. 12 in the nation entering the weekend contest.

On Deck: Princeton heads next to the Southern Championships from April 13-15 in Lewisberg, Pa. The CWPA Eastern Championships will run two weeks later, from April 27-29.

Thanks for the Memories!: Friday's game marks the final home game for the Tiger seniors Katlin Poladian, Kristen Ward and Audrey Zak. The trio has been instrumental in Princeton posting its best start in program history, including a 14-game unbeaten streak to open the year.

Perfect at Home: After 12 consecutive games on the road, the Tigers return home for their final game at DeNunzio Pool in 2012. Princeton, who is 9-0 at home this year, will look to remain perfect at home versus Hartwick Friday.

Scouting No. 20 Hartwick: No. 20 Hartwick (23-8 overall, 3-3 Western Division) concluded its nine-game West Coast road swing with a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunner Invitational III. During that span, the Hawks went 7-2. Defensively, Hayley Cox has taken the bulk of the Hawks' minutes in the cage this season. In 15 appearances, Cox has 105 saves and allowed 153 goals against for a 9.81 goals against average. Lisa Bass' 40 goals in 25 games played leads the Hartwick offense. Shannon Leonard has dished a team-leading 26 assists and Jemma Dendy Young has made a team-best 48 steals.

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