No. 2 Seed Women’s Water Polo Looks to Defend Eastern Crown This Weekend
The reigning CWPA Eastern champion Princeton women’s water polo team heads to Michigan this weekend looking to reclaim its crown and earn its second consecutive berth to the NCAA Championship. Following winning the Southern Division championship two weeks ago, the Tigers head to the Eastern Championship as the No. 2 seed.
2013 Eastern Championship Schedule (Michigan's Canham Natatorium)
Friday, April 26
Game 1 - No. 8 Bucknell vs. No. 9 Mercyhurst, 10 a.m.
Game 2 - No. 7 George Washington vs. No. 10 Gannon, 11:20 a.m.
Game 3 - No. 6 Harvard vs. No. 11 Notre Dame College, 12:40 p.m.
Game 4 - No. 5 Brown vs. No. 12 Connecticut College, 2 p.m.
Game 5 - No. 1 Indiana vs. Winner Game 1, 3:20 p.m.
Game 6 - No. 2 Princeton vs. Winner Game 2, 4:40 p.m.
Game 7 - No. 3 Hartwick vs. Winner Game 3, 6 p.m.
Game 8 - No. 4 Michigan vs. Winner Game 4, 7:20 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Game 9 - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 12 p.m.
Game 10 - Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 1:30 p.m.
Game 11 - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 3 p.m.
Game 12 - Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 4:30 p.m.
Game 13 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8, 6 p.m.
Game 14 - Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
11th Place - Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10, 9 a.m.
9th Place - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 10:30 a.m.
7th Place - Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12, 12 p.m.
5th Place - Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 1:30 p.m.
3rd Place - Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14, 3 p.m.
1st Place - Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 4:30 p.m.
Last Time Out: The Tigers (23-5, 5-0 Southern) outscored their three opponents 41-10 en route to their second consecutive Southern championship. Princeton opened the weekend with a 13-4 win over Bucknell and 16-2 victory versus George Washington to advance to the title match. The Tigers met Brown in the finals for the second time in as many seasons, this time displacing the Bears 12-4 to go undefeated, 8-0, in divisional play.
No. 2 Seed: As the winner of the Southern Division, Princeton earned the No. 2 seed at the Eastern Championship. Indiana earned the No. 1 seed as the winner of the Western Division tournament and because the Hoosiers defeated the Tigers earlier this year.
As one of the top seeds, Princeton will have a first round bye. In the second round, the Tigers will open with the winner of the No. 7 George Washington – No. 10 Gannon matchup.
Live From Ann Arbor: Fans will be able to view all games from the Eastern Championship via live video streaming from the CWPA. To stream all games over the weekend, fans can purchase a weekend package for $25 or pay $10 per game.
Get Connected: Follow the Tigers this weekend on Twitter via @PWaterpolo and @PUTIGERS.
Top Ranked Team in the East: Princeton remains the top-ranked team in the East Coast at No. 11 in the nation with 43 points. This weekend the Tigers may face one of the other three East Coast top-20 programs in No. 15 Indiana, No. 17 Hartwick and/or No. 18 Michigan.
A Look at the Year: Princeton has been ranked between No. 10-12 all year, seeing all five of its losses to ranked opponents. The Tigers put together a nine-game winning streak mid-season, while defeating a pair of ranked foes.
As she has done throughout her career, junior Katie Rigler powers the offense with a team-best 56 goals, owning a .509 shooting percentage. Princeton’s defense added a new dimension with the addition of freshman goalie Ashleigh Johnson. In 28 starts, she’s tallied 295 saves, 33 steals, 19 assists, a .674 saves percentage and has allowed 143 goals against.