For the second time in two weeks the eighth-ranked Princeton women’s water polo team will travel to Cambridge, Mass., this time to participate in the Harvard Invitational from Mar. 8-9. The Tigers head to the tournament undefeated at 11-0 and are set to face three teams, including a pair of ranked foes.
Harvard Invitational Schedule
Saturday, Mar. 8 vs. No. 19 Hartwick • 9:15 a.m.
Saturday, Mar. 8 vs. Iona • 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 9 vs. No. 18 Santa Clara • 8 a.m.
Last Time Out:
• Princeton maintained its perfect record, topping Harvard 11-9 live on ESPNU at DeNunzio Pool on Mar. 2.
• After an early battle for control over the first half, the Tigers were paced by three Diana Murphy goals to hold an 8-7 lead at the break.
• The second half was all Princeton, as the defense limited the Crimson to two goals.
• The Tigers will hit the road for Southern California for their annual Spring Break trip.
• Princeton will open the eight-game slate at the San Diego State-hosted Aztec Invitational, before heading to the LMU Zumo Invite in Los Angeles.
• Four teams currently ranked in the top-20 are scheduled over the road swing.
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Murphy Named Player of the Week:
• Diana Murphy earned CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career.
• The sophomore led the offense with four goals versus Harvard, matching her career high.
• After battling Harvard for control much of the opening periods, Murphy posted a first half hat trick to give the Tigers the lead for good and added an insurance goal in the second half.
• Murphy has 18 goals, six steals and a block on the year.
Johnson Named Defensive Player of the Week:
• For the third time this season sophomore goalie Ashleigh Johnson was named CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week.
• After not making a save in the first quarter, she put together a stellar second half effort and finished by posting a 17-save performance.
• The Defensive Player of the Week honor was the seventh of her career and ninth divisional weekly accolade.
• Johnson (10-0) sports a .722 saves percentage with 127 saves, 17 steals and two assists.
• Princeton remains tabbed in the national top-10, slipping a spot to No. 8 with 65 points.
• The Orange and Black also maintain its stance as the No. 1 team in the CWPA Top 10 Poll with 98 points.
• The Tigers are 2-0 when facing ranked teams in 2014.
Trending Now: The Tigers are outscoring opponents 127-63.
Scouting No. 19 Hartwick:
• No. 19 Hartwick heads to Harvard riding a six-game winning streak and owns a 9-5 record.
• The Hawks are 2-4 versus ranked opponents and are coming off a two-week break in play.
• Jemma Dendy Young leads field with 32 goals and 39 steals, while goalie Michaela Davies sports a 10.43 goals against average with 159 saves and 120 goals allowed.
• Hartwick owns the all-time series versus Princeton, 11-8, including an 8-4 advantage in neutral sited contests.
• After a two-week break, Iona (2-8) returns to Harvard for this weekend’s tournament.
• The Gaels went 1-3 at the MAAC/CWPA Crossover from Feb. 22-23, earning their lone win, 11-6, over George Washington.
• Princeton and Iona face off for the third time this season, as the Tigers earned an 11-4 win on Feb. 8 and a 13-5 victory on Feb. 23.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Iona, 13-1.
Scouting No. 18 Santa Clara:
• No. 18 Santa Clara travels to the East Coast with a 4-8 record and is 1-7 over its last eight outings.
• Kaitlin Murphy leads the Bronco offense with 17 goals, while Claire Eadington has a team-high 23 assists and 14 steals.
• Goalie June Afshar has 83 saves, nine assists, five steals and 92 goals against in 11 starts.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Santa Clara, 2-1, including a 1-0 advantage when playing a neutrally sited game.