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Undefeated No. 18 Women's Water Polo Heads to Harvard Invite for Weekend Slate

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 03/02/2012
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Rachele Gyorffy and the Tigers hit the road for the Harvard Invite this weekend.
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The undefeated No. 18 Princeton women's water polo team travels to the Harvard Invitational for its biggest test of the young season. The Tigers (13-0 overall, 1-0 Southern Division) will face Brown, Harvard, Mercyhurst and No. 12 San Jose State from Mar. 3-4 in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard Invitational Schedule

Saturday, Mar. 3 vs. Harvard @ 11:40 a.m.

Saturday, Mar. 3 vs. No. 12 San Jose State @ 3:40 p.m.

Sunday, Mar. 4 vs. Mercyhurst @ 11:40 a.m.

Sunday, Mar. 4 vs. Brown @ 2:40 p.m.


Hooks Named CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week: Freshman utility Camille Hooks helped propel the nationally-ranked Tigers to a 5-0 weekend at home. She tallied 15 steals, five assists, two drawn ejections, two blocks, a goal and won her lone sprint. She posted a career-best five steals versus Wagner on Feb. 26.

This is the third week in a row that a Princeton player has earned a conference weekly honor.

Nicolao Reaches Coaching Milestone: Head coach Luis Nicolao earned his 300th career victory at the helm of the women's water polo program in Princeton's 12-6 win over Bucknell on Feb. 24. Over 14 seasons, Nicolao has guided the program to six Southern titles and an Eastern Championship.  He is 300-116 all-time as coach of the women's program.

Nicolao is also the head coach of the men's water polo program; bringing his all-time combined coaching record at Princeton is 577-237.

Scouting Harvard: The Crimson (7-2) enters weekend action riding a five-game winning streak. This season the Tigers dropped Harvard 9-6 at the Princeton Invitation on Feb. 11 in the first meeting between the two squads. The Crimson are led by Aisha Price, who's tallied 31 goals, 11 assists and 17 steals. Goalies Ariel Dukes and Jasmine Griffin have 46 and 28 saves, respectively. The game at Harvard marks Princeton's second conference contest of the season.

Scouting No. 12 San Jose State: The Tigers toughest challenge of the year will be versus No. 12 San Jose State. The Spartans are the first team Princeton will face in the top-20 national poll. SJSU (8-7) has played 13 ranked opponents this season and enters weekend action following a 2-2 weekend at the UC Invite. Dani Curran leads the Spartan offense with 17 goals, while in the cage goalie Meagan Minson has 73 saves and a 9:30 goals against average.

Scouting Mercyhurst: The Lakers of Mercyhurst (3-4) have dropped their last two games, splitting weekend action at the Chapman Invitational. Updated stats were unavailable for Mercyhurst.

Scouting Brown: Southern Division rival Brown (5-4 overall, 1-0 Southern) has fallen in its last three games. In their last outing at the RPI, the Bears fell 12-7 to Maryland and were edged 12-11 by Indiana on Feb. 25. On the day, Madison Pepper had a team-best four goals. Complete statistics were unavailable for Brown.

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