Matching its 2012 record with a 14-game season opening winning streak, the No. 8 Princeton women’s water polo team topped No. 18 Santa Clara, 14-11, to sweep the Harvard Invitational.
The 14 straight victories match the fourth-longest win streak in program history and Princeton improves to 4-0 on the year versus top-20 opponents with the win over SCU.
Similar to their first two games at the tournament, the Tiger offense quickly set the tone and pace to build a 7-4 halftime advantage.
Down 10-6 entering the fourth quarter, the Broncos attempted a late run and finished the game outscoring Princeton 5-4.
Multi-goal efforts applied to all six Tiger goal scorers, led by junior Ashley Hatcher and sophomore Diana Murphy’s hat tricks. Hatcher was a perfect 3-for-3 on attempts and had an assist.
Seniors Molly McBee and Katie Rigler posted three assists apiece, serving as team highs, with McBee also notching a pair of goals and a steal. Freshman Morgan Hallock contributed two goals, an assist and a steal, while junior Taylor Dunstan added two goals and an assist.
In just shy of four full quarters, sophomore goalie Ashleigh Johnson amassed 10 saves and a shutout second quarter.
The second half of the regular season will send the Tigers next to Southern California for an eight-game slate from Mar. 15-22.
No. 8 Princeton: 3 – 4 – 3 – 4 – 14
No. 18 Santa Clara: 4 – 0 – 2 – 5 – 11
Goals: Murphy 3, Hatcher 3, McBee 2, Dunstan 2, Hallock 2, Klein 2
Assists: Hatcher 1, McBee 3, Dunstan 1, Rigler 3, Hallock 1
Steals: McBee 1, Hallock 1, Gross 1
Saves: Johnson (30:18) 10, Coffey (1:42) 0