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No. 11 Women’s Water Polo Concludes California Trip at LMU Invite

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/21/2013
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Junior Katie Rigler had three goals, an assist and a steal Friday vs. Brown.
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The No. 11 Princeton women’s water polo team concludes its 13-game road swing at the Loyola Marymount-hosted LMU Invite from Mar. 22-23. The Tigers (14-4, 2-0 Southern) are slated to play four games at their final regular season tournament.

LMU Invite Schedule
Friday, Mar. 22 vs. Cal State Monterey Bay • 1:15 p.m. ET
Friday, Mar. 22 vs. Sonoma State • 6:15 p.m. ET
Saturday, Mar. 23 vs. Cal State East Bay • 3:45 p.m. ET
Saturday, Mar. 23 at No. 14 Loyola Marymount • 7:30 p.m. ET

Last Time Out: The Tigers went 2-2 at the Aztec Invite from Mar. 16-17. They opened the weekend defeating then-No. 16 UC Davis, 6-5, and then-No. 13 Cal State Northridge, 8-5. The following day, then-No. 8 Hawaii and then-No. 7 San Diego State were too much, handing Princeton a pair of losses. The loss snapped the Tigers’ nine-game winning streak.

On Deck: Princeton returns home to host three final regular season conference contests on Apr. 6 and 7 versus Mercyhurst, Harvard and Bucknell.

Johnson Named Southern Defensive Player of the Week: Freshman goalie Ashleigh Johnson earned her third CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week honor following her 36-save, seven-steal and two-assist weekend performance at the Aztec Invite. She already has 197 saves, 24 steals and five assists in 18 games played this year. 

Top Team in the East: Princeton moves up a place to No. 11 in the Women’s Varsity Top 20 Poll with 42 points. The Tigers switch spots with now No. 12 Indiana for the top-ranked team in the East. Princeton also reclaims the top rank the CWPA Division I/III Poll as No. 1 with 96 points. 

Scoring Differential: The Tigers are outscoring opponents 196-103. Nine players have scored 10 goals or more, with Katie Rigler (33), Ashley Hatcher (23) and Molly McBee (22) headlining the attack. 

Versus Ranked Opponents: Princeton has played six ranked opponents over its first 18 games, going 2-4. Ranked foes are outscoring the Tigers 33-17.

Scouting Cal State Monterey Bay: Cal State Monterey Bay (6-10, 0-2 WWPA) heads to the LMU Invite after playing a pair of Thursday matches versus CS San Bernardino and Azusa Pacific. Jackie Walters leads the offense with 42 goals, while primary goalie Amanda Jennings has 143 saves and 96 goals against in 17 appearances. 

Scouting Sonoma State: The Seawolves of Sonoma State (8-11, 4-2 WWPA) head to Los Angeles riding a two-game winning streak. They have played five ranked teams this year, falling in all five matches. Goaltender Ariel Lockshaw has made 151 saves in 18 games, while allowing 173 goals against. In the field, Noelle Herrera and Jessica Stansfield lead the offense with 24 and 20 goals, respectively. 

Scouting Cal State East Bay: Cal State East Bay (9-8, 0-2 WWPA) saw its six-game winning streak snapped last weekend in its 13-8 loss at Sonoma State on Mar. 15. Sara Hudyn has a team-high 66 goals, accounting for nearly half of CSUEB’s 178 goals scored this year. Marrina Nation serves as the Pioneers’ primary goalie and has 125 saves and allowed 114 goals against. 

Scouting No. 14 Loyola Marymount: The lone ranked opponent this weekend for the Tigers, No. 14 Loyola Marymount is coming off consecutive wins to improve to 11-7, 3-1 WWPA. Three Lions have scored over 20 points, with Alexandra Honny’s 23 charging the offense. In goal, freshman Claire Wright has 86 saves and 87 goals against in 12 appearances.

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