San Diego, Calif. – Two very good water polo teams faced each other in the pool during rainy Saturday morning first round action at the San Diego State Invitational.
The Matadors had entered the game ranked 12th in the nation and holding a six-game winning streak. On the other side was Princeton University from the Ivy League. The Tigers were ranked 18th in the nation with a 16-1 record.
Both teams fought on even terms from start-to-finish, but Princeton prevailed in the end with a 4-3 victory over Cal State Northridge.
In a game marked by strong defensive play on both sides, Princeton held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but the Matadors evened the match at 1-1 at halftime.
Both teams each scored twice in the third period to knot the game at 3-3 entering the final stanza.
However, Princeton scored the only goal of the final period to earn the 4-3 verdict.
Freshman Marisa Young scored twice for the Matadors to increase her team-leading scoring lead to 40 goals. Jenny Jamison accounted for CSUN's other goal. Jamison is the second-leading scorer for CSUN with 37 goals.
Dana Harvey earned nine saves as CSUN's goalkeeper.
The competition doesn't get any easier for Cal State Northridge on Saturday afternoon. The Matadors will continue play at 3:45 p.m. against Wagner College. The unranked Seahawks opened the Aztec Invitational with a 7-6 upset victory over 14th-ranked Hawaii in their opening round game on Saturday morning to increase their season record to 8-13.
Despite the rainy, cold weather, the game will be played at the Aztec Aquaplex on the San Diego State campus.
Princeton (17-1) 1 0 2 1 = 4
CSUN Scorers: Marisa Young 2, Jenny Jamison 1
PU Scorers: Molly McBee 2, Taylor Dunstan 1, Katie Rigler 1
Goalie Saves: Dana Harvey (CSUN) 9; Kristen Ward (P) 6