No. 10 Women's Water Polo to Kick Off 2013 Hosting Princeton Invite
The 10th-ranked Princeton women's water polo team will open the 2013 season hosting the three-day Princeton Invitational from Feb. 8-10 at DeNunzio Pool. The Tigers will play five games, beginning on Friday with No. 4 California at 6 p.m. to kick off the tournament.Princeton Invitational:
Friday, Feb. 8 vs. No. 4 Cal at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. Villanova at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. George Washington at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9 vs. Harvard at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10 vs. NYAC (New York Athletic Club) at 12 noon *exhibition
2012 Rewind: The Tigers are coming off their best season in program history and look to carry that success into 2013. After going 29-6, a program-best winning mark, and opening the season riding a 14-game winning streak, the squad advanced to their first NCAA Championship. Princeton won both the Southern Division and Eastern Championship en route to NCAAs.
Depth is the Name of the Game: A veteran laden and experienced group of 13 letterwinners returns for Princeton, including seven starters. Bolstering the veteran squad are four immediate impact freshmen. Along with three new field players, goalie Ashleigh Johnson will jump right in and fill the void left by graduated All-America Kristen Ward.
My Captain, Oh My Captain: The senior trio of Rachele Gyorffy, Saranna Soroka and Brittany Zwirner will serve as tri-captains in 2013 for the Tigers.
Top-10: Despite not seeing any action yet, the Tigers opened the year with a No. 10 preseason ranking. Two weeks into the regular season poll, Princeton remains No. 10 in the Varsity Top 20 Poll with 56 points.
Scouting No. 4 California: No. 4 California travels east riding a two-game winning streak and a 5-1 record. The Bears have defeated four top-15 opponents and saw their lone loss to then- No. 3 UCLA, 7-4, on Feb. 2. Tiera Schroeder leads the offense with 13 goals, while Savanna Smith has 34 saves, 37 goals against and a 6.43 goals against average.
Scouting Villanova: The Wildcats of Villanova travel to Princeton after going 0-3 at the Harvard Home Kick Off on Feb. 2. They dropped a close match to CAMO, 9-6, before being outlasted by Harvard, 18-6, and Iona, 12-2.
Scouting George Washington: George Washington opens the year this weekend. The Colonials are coming off a 12-15 and ninth-place finish at Easterns in 2012. GWU returns three of its top four scorers and lost only two letterwinners from a year ago.
Scouting Harvard: The Crimson enter this weekend undefeated, prevailing over all three opponents at their own Harvard Home Kick Off tournament. Aisha Price and Yoshi Andersen have 10 goals and 10 assists, respectively, to lead the offense, while in goal Ariel Dukes has 26 saves.