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No. 14 Women's Water Polo Earns Top Seed in Southern Championships

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/12/2012
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Brittany Zwirner and the top-seeded Tigers open Southerns with Bucknell and GWU.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

The No. 14 Princeton women's water polo team heads to the Southern Division Championships this weekend from April 14-15 in Lewisburg, Pa. After going a perfect 5-0 in conference play this season, the Tigers (22-4) earned the top seed in the tournament. Princeton will open with No. 5 seed George Washington at 10 a.m., before facing fourth-seeded Bucknell at 7 p.m.

Southern Division Championship - Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.

Bracket A                                           Bracket B
1st seed - Princeton                           2nd seed - Harvard  
4th seed - Bucknell                              3rd seed - Brown
5th seed - George Washington              6th seed - Mercyhurst

Saturday, April 14                                          
10 a.m. Princeton vs. George Washington
11:30 a.m. Harvard vs. Mercyhurst
3 p.m. Bucknell vs. George Washington
4:30 p.m. Brown vs. Mercyhurst
7 p.m. Princeton vs. Bucknell
8:30 p.m. Harvard vs. Brown

Sunday, April 15
9 a.m. 3rd in bracket A vs. 3rd in bracket B - Fifth Place
10:30 a.m. 2nd in bracket B vs. 2nd in bracket A - Third Place
12 p.m. 1st in bracket A vs. 1st in bracket B - First Place

Last Time Out: After going down 7-6 heading into halftime, a second half rally lifted the Tigers to a 13-10 victory over then-No. 20 Hartwick on April 6. The win improved Princeton to a perfect 10-0 at home in 2012.

Rigler and Ward Earn Conference Honors...Again: Katie Rigler was named Southern Division Player of the Week and Kristen Ward took home Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second and third time this season, respectively. On the offensive end, Rigler had four goals to help Princeton propel past then-No. 20 Hartwick, while goalie Ward made nine saves and was key in helping the Tigers create a second half point cushion in their come-from-behind victory.

Perfect at Home: The Tigers 13-10 win over then-No. 20 Hartwick last week improved Princeton to 10-0 at home this season.

Top Seeded Goals: Princeton enters this weekend's Southern Division Championships with the No. 1 seed. The Tigers are vying for their seventh Southern title and first since 2008, as well as a top seeding in the Eastern Championships from April 27-29 in Providence, R.I.

Scouting 5th Seed George Washington: The Tigers, who are 32-0 all-time versus George Washington, defeated the Colonials 13-9 in their regular season meeting in Washington, D.C. on Mar. 30. GWU (9-12, 1-4 Southern) is coming off a 1-2 weekend at Maryland, defeating Salem International 13-8 between loses to No. 13 Michigan and Bucknell. Rachael Bentley leads the Colonial offense with 39 goals and 37 assists, while Allison Littlejohn is the squad's steals leader with 29. In the cage, Chandler Villander has an 11.16 goals against average over 76 quarters played. She's tallied 131 saves and allowed 212 goals against.

Scouting 4th Seed Bucknell: Bucknell concluded the regular season riding a 3-1 record, posting wins over GWU, Grove City and Mercyhurst. The Bison (13-19, 2-3 Southern) fell to Princeton, 12-6, in their regular season meeting on Feb. 24 at DeNunzio Pool. This season, goalie Rena Heim has made 233 saves and allowed 266 goals in 28 games played for a .467 saves percentage. Taylor Barnett enters the conference tournament leading the Bison's with 56 goals and Hallie Kennan is the team's assist leader with 44. 







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