ONEONTA, N.Y. – The No. 10 Princeton Tigers reached the 20-win milestone with two victories at Moyer Pool on Saturday. The Tigers defeated the No. 14 Indiana Hoosiers, 10-6, and the Brown Bears, 11-8.
It’s the fifth time in the last six years that head coach Luis Nicolao‘s team has won at least 20 games. Nicolao has won 20 games in all but three of his 19 seasons as head coach.
No. 10 Princeton 10, No. 14 Indiana 6
Haley Wan continued her wonderful season as she recorded her ninth hat trick in the last 10 games. Lindsey Kelleher and Chelsea Johnson each had two tallies while Ashleigh Johnson made 13 saves in the win.
Trailing 4-2, Indiana scored a goal at the 5:48 mark of the second quarter to get within one for the third time. Ashleigh Johnson then showed why she’s the best goalie in the world as she held the Hoosiers without a goal for the next 13 minutes and 15 seconds of game action. By the time, Indiana scored again, the Tigers had a 9-4 advantage.
Indiana would cut its deficit to four on two occasions in the fourth quarter, but never threaten Princeton. It was the Tigers’ 10th victory over a ranked opponent and its first win over the Hoosiers since the 2015 CWPA Championship game. The previous four matchups between these two teams had been decided by one goal.
Goals: Wan 3, C. Johnson 2, Kelleher 2, Hallock 1, Britt 1, Blake 1
Assists: Kelleher 3, Britt 2, C. Johnson 1, Wan 1, Cheong 1, A. Johnson 1
Steals: A. Johnson 4, C. Johnson 2, Blake 1, Saxe 1, Kelleher 1
Drawn Ejections: Hallock 1, Britt 1, Blake 1, A. Johnson 1
Blocks: Wan 1
Saves: Johnson 13
No. 10 Princeton 11, Brown 8
The Tigers had three players record hat tricks in Chelsea Johnson, Sydney Cheong and Wan. Wan 56 goals are now two shy of her career high (58) set last season. Johnson now has a career best 37 tallies this season. Ashleigh Johnson stopped 11 shots in the victory.
Brown had two one-goal leads in the first quarter before Wan’s tally with 18 seconds left tied the score at 3-all after eight minutes of play. Each team recorded a goal in the second frame.
The Bears scored the first goal of the second half at the 4:56 mark and then were held without a tally for the next four minutes and 28 seconds. Princeton ripped off four consecutive goals during that stretch to take an 8-6 lead after three quarters. Nicolao’s squad recorded the first two goals of the fourth stanza to put the game away.
Princeton improves to 20-3 this season and 5-1 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). The Tigers finish the weekend against Hartwick tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Goals: C. Johnson 3, Cheong 3, Wan 3, Saxe 1, Turetzky 1
Assists: Wan 3, C. Johnson 1, Grayson 1, Hallock 1, Kelleher 1
Steals: C. Johnson 2, Wan 2, Cheong 2, Britt 2, A. Johnson 2, Lapkin 1, Blake 1, Saxe 1
Drawn Ejections: Hallock 4, C. Johnson 2, Saxe 1
Blocks: C. Johnson 1
Saves: Johnson 11