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Pair of SoCal Tournaments Up Next for No. 12 Women's Water Polo

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/13/2013
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
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The 12th-ranked Princeton women's water polo team will head to Southern California to participate in a pair of four-game tournaments. The Tigers (12-2, 2-0 Southern) open their West Coast road swing at the Aztec Invite in San Diego from Mar. 16-17 versus four top-20 opponents.

Aztec Invite • San Diego State
Saturday, Mar. 16 vs. No. 16 UC Davis • 11 a.m. ET
Saturday, Mar. 16 vs. No. 13 Cal State Northridge • 4 p.m. ET
Sunday, Mar. 17 vs. No. 8 Hawaii • 1:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, Mar. 17 at No. 7 San Diego State • 6 p.m. ET

Last Time Out: Early offensive firepower and a nearly flawless defense guided the Tigers to a 15-3 victory over George Washington on Mar. 8. Princeton opened with a 9-1 run in the first half and limited the Colonials to only two scoring quarters. Molly McBee and Katie Rigler led the offense with three goals apiece, and goalie Ashleigh Johnson had 10 saves and five steals.

On Deck: Princeton heads next to Los Angeles for the LMU Invite from Mar. 22-23 to play matches versus four California-based squads.

Tabbed at 12: For the third consecutive week, the Tigers remain ranked at No. 12 in the CWPA Varsity National Top 20 with 42 points.

Scoring Margin: The Tigers currently are outscoring opponents 173-73. Goalie Ashleigh Johnson already has 161 saves for 13th-best in a single season.

Scouting No. 16 UC Davis: The No. 16 Aggies of UC Davis enter this weekend's tournament with a 10-9, 0-2 WWPA record. Three Aggies have scored 20 or more goals with Carmen Eggert leading the way with 36. In goal, Riane Woods and Jilian Wilding have played in 10 and 11 games, respectively and are averaging over 230 minutes apiece. Woods has a 9.90 goals against average and Wilding had a 6.70.

Scouting No. 13 Cal State Northridge: 13th-ranked Cal State Northridge (13-6, 1-0 Big West) hosts a pair of midweek games before heading to the Aztec Invite. In 18 games, Marisa Young leads the Matadors with 30 goals, 17 assists, 19 steals and 18 blocks. Primary goalie Kiernan Davis has 152 saves and 8.79 saves per game.

Scouting No. 8 Hawaii: No. 8 Hawaii snapped its two-game skid with a 9-3 win over Michigan to improve to 7-5 on the year. Monika Eggens and Paula Chillida Esforzado lead the offense with 19 and 15 goals, respectively. Hannah Hogue and Amy Carlson have played five games each in goal. Hogue has a 1.00 goals against average and Carlosn has a 0.91.

Scouting No. 7 San Diego State: The Tigers head to a familiar location in San Diego State, the location of the 2012 NCAA Championships. The highest ranked opponent Princeton will play this weekend, No. 7 SDSU sits at 11-7, 1-1 Big West. Amber Pezzolla has 41 goals and 34 steals, while goalie Rachel Mitchell has made 224 saves and sports an 8.10 goals against average.

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