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No. 12 Women’s Water Polo Hosts Final Home Games, Senior Night This Weekend

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 04/05/2013
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The 12th-ranked Princeton women’s water polo team hosts its final home matches this weekend at DeNunzio Pool. The regular season concludes with three conference games versus Mercyhurst at 1:30 p.m. and Harvard at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 6 and Bucknell the next day at 11 a.m. The program will also honor its graduating Class of 2013 prior to Saturday evening’s game versus the Crimson.

Last Time Out: The Tigers (17-5, 2-0 Southern) are coming off week break in play entering their final trio of home contests. Prior to the break, Princeton went 3-1 at the LMU Invite in Los Angeles from Mar. 22-23. The Tigers handed Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay and Sonoma State defeats, before suffering a two-goal loss, 7-5, to then-No. 14 Loyola Marymount to conclude the weekend.

On Deck: Princeton heads to the Southern Division Championship from Apr. 13-14 in Providence, R.I. The Tigers will play three games in hopes of getting a top seed at the Eastern Championship two weeks later in Ann Arbor, Mich. from Apr. 26-28. Princeton entered 2013 as the reigning Southern and Eastern champions.  

Watch Live: Fans will be able to tune into all three games this weekend live via video streaming packages on GoPrincetonTigers.tv.

Get Connected: Are you following Princeton on Facebook and Twitter? Follow the athletics department at Facebook.com/PrincetonAthletics and  Twitter.com/PUTIGERS, and the Princeton water polo team at Facebook.com/PrincetonWaterPolo and Twitter.com/PWaterPolo.

Thanks for the Memories!: The Princeton women’s water polo program will recognize and honor the contributions of the graduating senior class in its annual Senior Night ceremony. This weekend’s home finale features the final games at DeNunzio Pool for the Class of 2013: Rachele Gyorffy, Laura Martinez, Saranna Soroka and Brittany Zwirner. The ceremony will be prior to Princeton’s 7 p.m. match versus Harvard on Saturday.

A Look at the Division: Princeton is the only undefeated team in the Southern Division at 2-0 and is in second place, behind 3-2 Brown. The Tigers defeated the Bears in their conference opener, 15-4, on Feb. 22.

Hooks Earns First Career Player of the Week Honor: Sophomore Camille Hooks earned her first career CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honor on Mar. 27 after the Tigers 3-1 weekend at the LMU Invite.

Hooks put together a five-goal, eight-assist and six-steal performance at the tournament. She established new career single-game highs in goals, with four versus Cal State Monterey Bay, and assists, with four versus both Sonoma State and then-No. 14 Loyola Marymount.

Scouting Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst heads to Princeton riding two-game winning streak. The Lakers are 12-8, 0-3 Southern and in last place in the division. Cailin Jope leads the field players with 34 goals, 34 steals, 19 assists and nine blocks, all team-highs. In the cage, Jesse Sworden (11-8) has been the Lakers’ primary goalie, tallying 169 saves, 160 goals against and 45 steals over 19 appearances. This will be the first meeting between the Tigers and Lakers this season.

Scouting Harvard: The Crimson of Harvard enter Saturday’s meeting on a six-game skid. Harvard sits at 13-10, 2-1 Southern and in third place in the division. Three Crimson players have scored 45 or more goals with Aisha Price’s 51 leading the way. Goalie Ariel Dukes has 180 saves and 25 steals. Princeton and Harvard have faced each other already once this year, with the Tigers earning an 11-7 win on Feb. 9 at the Princeton Invite.

Scouting Bucknell: Bucknell has lost 13 of its last 14 games and is 4-14, 1-2 Southern. The fifth-place Bison offense is powered by freshman Hannah Sunday’s 27 goals and primary goalie Rena Heim has 168 saves. This will be the first meeting between the Tigers and Bison in 2013.

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