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Diana Murphy had a team-high four goals Sunday versus Harvard.
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Undefeated No. 7 Women's Water Polo Tops Harvard 11-9 on ESPNU

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/02/2014
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Led by Diana Murphy’s four-goal effort, the No. 7 Princeton women’s water polo team topped Harvard, 11-9, live on ESPNU Sunday at DeNunzio Pool. The victory extends the Tigers’ season-opening win streak and improves them to 11-0 on the year.

Princeton has now completed its very brief home schedule and will play the remainder of its games on the road, beginning with a return trip to Cambridge, Mass. for the Harvard Invitational for three games from Mar. 8-9.

Harvard did not let down throughout the contest, managing the scoreboard five times through the first half. After a Katie Rigler goal tied things up with 33 seconds left in the first quarter, the Crimson responded with a 2-0 run into the second to hold a 6-4 advantage. It would be the largest deficit the Tigers would climb out of for the remainder of the outing.

Murphy showcased her strength in the center, posting back-to-back goals with a man-on, to set up a 3-0 run and lift Princeton to a 7-6 advantage at 4:07.

Princeton was unable to corral control for good, as Harvard knotted things up before Murphy put in the hat trick to close out the half and give the Tigers an 8-7 lead.

Murphy’s four goals matched her career high.

In a tale of two halves, it was Princeton’s defense to highlight the final two quarters. While scoring came at a premium, as the Tigers outscored the Crimson 3-2, it was all Ashleigh Johnson over the final 16 minutes.

After not making a save in the first quarter, Johnson was nearly impenetrable in the second half and finished with 17 saves and two steals. Her 17 stops are third-best this season for the sophomore goaltender.

Rigler recorded her third hat trick in four games, along with two assists and a steal, while Molly McBee added two steals, a goal and an assist. Jessie Holechek netted twice and had two assists, and Ashley Hatcher had two assists, a goal and a steal.

No. 7 Princeton: 4 – 4 – 2 – 1 – 11
Harvard: 5 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 9

Goals: Murphy 4, Hatcher 1, McBee 1, Rigler 3, Holechek 2
Assists: Hatcher 2, McBee 1, Dunstan 2, Rigler 2, Temple 1, Holechek 2
Steals: Hatcher 1, McBee 2, Rigler 1, Temple 1, Johnson 2
Saves: Johnson 17

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February
06
Friday
W. Water Polo
vs. CAMO (Exhibition) (Princeton Invitational)
- 7:00 PM
February
07
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. Villanova (Princeton Invitational)
- 11:30 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Harvard (Princeton Invitational)
- 7:30 PM
February
08
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Indiana (Princeton Invitational)
- 10:00 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Iona (Princeton Invitational)
- 4:00 PM
February
14
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. Wagner (Bison Invitational)
- 3:00 PM
W. Water Polo
vs. Long Beach State (Bison Invitational)
- 8:00 PM
February
15
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. St. Francis (Bison Invitational)
- 1:00 PM
February
21
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (Ivy League Championship)
- TBA
February
22
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. TBA (Ivy League Championship)
- TBA
February
28
Saturday
W. Water Polo
at Bucknell
- 9:00 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Hartwick
- 2:20 PM
March
01
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Gannon
- 11:40 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. Mercyhurst
- 5:30 PM
March
07
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. Marist (Harvard Invitational)
- 10:15 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. VMI (Harvard Invitational)
- 5:30 PM
March
08
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Iona (Harvard Invitational)
- 11:45 AM
March
14
Saturday
W. Water Polo
vs. Pacific (Aztec Invitational)
- 7:45 AM
W. Water Polo
vs. San Diego (Aztec Invitational)
- 12:45 PM
March
15
Sunday
W. Water Polo
vs. Hawaii (Aztec Invitational)
- 12:45 PM
W. Water Polo
at San Diego State (Aztec Invitational)
- 5:45 PM
March
20
Friday
W. Water Polo
at TBA (LMU Invitational)
- TBA
March
21
Saturday
W. Water Polo
at TBA (LMU Invitational)
- TBA
March
28
Saturday
W. Water Polo
at George Washington
- 1:00 PM
April
10
Friday
W. Water Polo
vs. Indiana
- 7:30 PM
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