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
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
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
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
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.