Dec. 19
TAGD
Basketball mm
Article Image
Senior Katie Rigler had seven goals Saturday versus top-15 teams.
Courtesy: Jon Temple

Triple OT Thriller Highlights Invite Day One for No. 8 Women's Water Polo

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/15/2014
Send this article to a friend Print RSS

With 1:46 left in triple overtime, senior Katie Rigler scored the game-winner to edge the eighth-ranked Princeton women’s water polo team past No. 13 UC San Diego, 14-13, Saturday to open the Aztec Invitational and extend the Tigers’ season-opening win streak to 15.

After playing three extra periods to kick off their California road trip, the Tigers were unable overcome a second half rally by No. 10 San Jose State and suffered their first loss of the year, 10-6.

Princeton’s 15 consecutive wins now sits alone as the fourth longest win streak in team history. The Tigers (15-1) will look to get back into the win column Sunday versus Cal Lutheran at 2:45 p.m. ET and host No. 19 San Diego State at 7:45 p.m. ET to wrap up the tournament.

Rigler led the Tigers with seven goals on the day, followed by Jessie Holechek who added five of her own.

Spanning 11 periods between the pipes, sophomore goalie Ashleigh Johnson amassed 28 saves, an assist and a steal in just over 71 minutes of work.

Game One

Like the two previous meetings versus UC San Diego, it was a contentious battle for control. Princeton took the early lead, 5-4, in the first, but the Tritons managed to knot the score six-all entering halftime.

Trailing 11-10 with 2:47 left in regulation, Princeton forced its first overtime period behind its final push and a Holechek goal.

Taylor Dunstan set up the go-ahead goal in the first overtime, drawing a 5-meter penalty and Rigler converted to establish a 12-11 lead. The second extra period saw UCSD retake the lead 13-12 before Princeton’s final surge sent the game into sudden death overtime.

In a 6-on-5 opportunity, Princeton took possession and found Rigler on the near side. After a couple pumps of the ball she slammed in the winning goal high on the near side.

She finished with a team-high four goals, while Holechek added a hat trick, and Ashley Hatcher and Diana Murphy netted a pair each. Hatcher also recorded three assists and Holechek had two.

In the longest game of her career, goalie Johnson posted 15 saves, a steal and an assist.

No. 8 Princeton: 5 – 1 – 3 – 2 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 14
No. 13 UC San Diego: 4 – 2 – 3 – 2 – 0 – 2 – 0 – 13

Goals: Murphy 2, Hatcher 2, McBee 1, Rigler 4, Temple 1, Klein 1, Holechek 3
Assists: Hatcher 3, Klein 1, Holechek 2, Johnson 1
Steals: Hatcher 1, McBee 1, Holechek 1, Johnson 1
Saves: Johnson 15

Game Two

Despite taking an early lead, the Tigers were unable to contain San Jose State over the second half and suffered their first loss of the year.

Rigler recorded a hat trick in the first quarter to put Princeton up 3-2, before the Spartans tied it up, 4-4, at the break.

Coming off its 3-2 run in the second quarter, SJSU maintained its momentum and went on to outscore the Tigers 6-2 over the second half.

Rigler recorded her 12th multi-goal effort, behind her team-high three goals. She has now scored three goals or more in six games this year.

Holechek added two goals and Dunstan accounted for all three Tiger assists in the game.

No. 8 Princeton: 3 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 6
No. 10 San Jose State: 2 – 2 – 4 – 2 – 10

Goals: Rigler 3, Temple 1, Holechek 2
Assists: Dunstan 3
Steals: Murphy 1, Rigler 1
Saves: Johnson 13

SOCIAL MEDIA

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

TIGERBLOG

ENEWS

Hyatt New
SCHEDULE
PNC Schedule
> Full Schedule and Results
December
19
Friday
W. Basketball
vs. Portland State
- 5:30 PM
December
21
Sunday
W. Basketball
at Monmouth
- 2:00 PM
December
29
Monday
W. Basketball
vs. Hartford (Fordham Holiday Classic)
- 3:00 PM
December
30
Tuesday
W. Basketball
vs. Fordham/Savannah State (Fordham Holiday Classic)
- TBA
January
05
Monday
W. Basketball
at Hampton
- 7:00 PM
January
10
Saturday
W. Basketball
vs. Penn
- 2:00 PM
January
30
Friday
W. Basketball
at Harvard
- 7:00 PM
January
31
Saturday
W. Basketball
at Dartmouth
- 7:00 PM
February
06
Friday
W. Basketball
vs. Columbia
- 7:00 PM
February
07
Saturday
W. Basketball
vs. Cornell
- 6:00 PM
February
13
Friday
W. Basketball
at Brown
- 7:00 PM
February
14
Saturday
W. Basketball
at Yale
- 7:00 PM
February
20
Friday
W. Basketball
vs. Dartmouth
- 7:00 PM
February
21
Saturday
W. Basketball
vs. Harvard
- 6:00 PM
February
27
Friday
W. Basketball
vs. Yale
- 7:00 PM
February
28
Saturday
W. Basketball
vs. Brown
- 6:00 PM
March
06
Friday
W. Basketball
at Cornell
- 7:00 PM
March
07
Saturday
W. Basketball
at Columbia
- 7:00 PM
March
10
Tuesday
W. Basketball
at Penn
- 5:00 PM
stop