Bucknell University Falls to No. 7 Michigan & No. 18 Princeton

Kandis Canonica
Kandis Canonica

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the first time this season the Bucknell University women’s water polo team faced a pair of ranked opponents in the same day at Princeton University’s DeNunzio Pool. The Bison lost to No. 7 University of Michigan, 15-6, and dropped a 12-5 decision to No. 18 Princeton. Bucknell, which was playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, is now 9-10 overall and 0-1 in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Western Division play.

Five different Bison ended the day with two goals as Stephanie Ovalle (Chicago, Ill./Fenwick), Julianne Valdes (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) and Kandis Canonica (Burlingame, Calif./St. Ignatius Prep) netted two goals apiece in the opener against the Wolverines, while Hallie Kennan (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) and Haley Prickett (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona del Mar) each scored twice in the nightcap against the host Tigers. Becca Shopiro (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) registered Saturday’s other goal.

In addition to her two goals, Canonica also had two assists (vs. Michigan) and reached the 200 plateau for her career. She also equaled her career high with five ejections drawn.

Bucknell trailed both Michigan (22-4, 4-0 CWPA Western) and Princeton (12-8) by just one goal at the end of the first period in each contest, but the Bison were outscored by a combined 16-5 margin in the middle two quarters.

In a change from recent protocol, the Bucknell goalies each played a full game on Saturday. Brittany Connell (Montebello, Calif./Montebello) got the call against the Wolverines and recorded eight saves, while Rena Heim (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) posted five stops opposite the Tigers.

Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications


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