PRINCETON, N.J. — The No. 16-ranked Princeton University women’s water polo secured a split during the third day of the Princeton Winter Tournament as the Tigers took down No. 12 the University of California-Santa Barbara, 10-8, and took a 12-8 setback versus No. 17 Wagner College on the final day of the Princeton Winter Tournament.
Against UC-Santa Barbara, the Tigers started fast with four of the first five goals. The Guachos scored two of the final three tallies of the first half to set the score at 5-3 in favor of Princeton entering halftime.
Both teams scored two goals each in the third quarter before UC-Santa Barbara posted two straight tallies to begin the fourth stanza, tying the game at seven-all. Jovana Sekulic contributed her first goal just 14 seconds after the Gauchos’ tally to put the Tigers back in front, 8-7, with 6:07 remaining on the clock. With two minutes to go, UC-Santa Barbara evened the game before Rachael Carver lobbed in the game-winner with 1:40 left in the final frame.
Facing fellow East Coast program Wagner, the Tigers fell behind early and failed to rally back.
The Seahawks began the contest with four of the first five goals and led 6-2 after eight minutes. There was no scoring in the second frame while Princeton closed the gap to three twice in the third frame. That was as close as the Tigers would get as they got within three tallies two more times in the fourth quarter but fell to Wagner.
Release courtesy Princeton University Athletics Communications