April 3, 2011

No. 18 Princeton University Falls to No. 7 Michigan, Trips Up St. Francis

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The No. 18-ranked Princeton University women's water polo team split a pair of games at DeNunzio Pool, falling to No. 7 University of Michigan, 12-10, and topping St. Francis College (N.Y.), 11-2.

The Michigan game was a crazy back-and-forth affair that saw Michigan build a 6-2 lead in the first quarter and Princeton ahead by two with 4:45 left in the final quarter before Michigan scored the final four goals.

Michigan scored the game's first three goals before Lauren Brunner put Princeton on the board midway through the first quarter. Michigan extended the lead to 5-1 before Brunner scored again, but a Wolverine goal ended the first quarter 6-2. Princeton cut the lead to a goal by half as it didn't allow a second quarter goal and scored three times. Saranna Soroka scored two of the three goals while Brunner had the middle goal.

Katie Rigler tied the score at 7-7 at 4:39 of the third quarter and took its first lead when Brittany Zwirner scored at 2:52 of the period as Princeton held an 8-7 lead through 24 minutes of action. Michigan scored the first goal of the final quarter but successive goals from Soroka and Molly McBee gave Princeton a 10-8 lead with 4:45 left in the game, but the Tigers couldn't withstand a Michigan surge as the Wolverines scored four times in the remaining time for the 12-10 win.

Brunner and Soroka each had three goals and Zwirner added two. Kristen Ward made 10 saves.

Princeton bounced back with a win in the second game, topping St. Francis 11-2. Princeton scored six times in the first period to build a lead and never look back in the win. Laura Martinez scored two goals in the win and nine other added goals. Ward made two saves in the first quarter and Grace du Pont had 11 over the final three quarters.

Release courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications


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