PRINCETON, NJ., Feb. 17. THE Arizona State women's water polo team closed out its four game stand at the Princeton Invitational Sunday with a pair of victories to bring their season record to an even 6-6.
The day started with the Sun Devils rebounding from a tough loss to No. 15 Princeton the night before (11-4) with a 6-4 defeat of Bucknell. ASU capped the day with a 7-2 upset of No. 19 Harvard in the finale.
In the game with the Bisons, the alma mater of Sun Devil head coach Vicki Gorman, ASU came out with a 3-0 lead after the first period and cruised to a 5-1 lead at the intermission.
Lauren Jacobson (So., League City, Texas) led the offense with two goals in the game while four others, Bryn Kuech (So., Bonsall, Calif.), Gili Kollan (So.,
Kiriat Bialik, Israel), Ashley Orzalli (Jr., Acampo, Calif.) and Tessa Wyborny (Fr., Walnut Creek, Calif.), each adding a goal in the victory. Kuech, Orzalli and Wyborny joined Catharine Taber (Jr., Clayton, Calif.), Daya Mau (Fr., Honolulu, Hawaii) and Lena Soghomonian (So., Belmont, Calif.) with assists in the win.
In goal, Lizzie Houck (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) and Kristie Meyer (Fr., Reno, Nev.) allowed two goals each while making nine saves. Houck led the way with seven stops.
With the man advantage, ASU scored twice on the eight attempts while the Bison tallied three of their goals with the advantage.
In the nightcap, the Sun Devils scored their second upset of a nationally ranked team this year with a 7-2 thrashing of No. 19 Harvard.
ASU again rolled to a 5-1 halftime lead on the strength of two Katie Davis (Jr., Riverside, Calif.) goals. Taber, Mau, Heather Rempfer (Fr., Lodi, Calif.), Kim Stevens (Fr., Lodi, Calif.) and Adriane Mota (Fr., Long Beach, Calif.) joined in the scoring with one goal each. Assisting on the goals was Orzalli, Stevens and Elaine Bentley (Fr., San Diego, Calif.) each notching one apiece, while Houck, from her goalkeeper position, tallied two assists as the Sun Devil transition game was clicking.
Defensively, Houck played the entire game, allowing two Crimson goals and stopping a career-high-tying nine saves. The Crimson drew 11 ejections to the Sun Devils' four, with each team allowing only two goals.
With their 3-1 record over the weekend and improvement to 6-6 on the year, the Sun Devils are off to a better 12-game start than the 5-7 mark they forged a year ago.
The Sun Devils return to action this weekend with a pair of games in Irvine, Calif. ASU will battle Cal State Northridge at 12:45 p.m. PST Saturday before facing No. 17 UC Irvine at 5:15 p.m.
1 2 3 4 F
Bucknell 0 1 2 1 4
Arizona State 3 2 1 0 6
Lauren Jacobson (2), Bryn Kuech, Ashley Orzalli, Gili
Kollan, Tessa Wyborny
Catharine Taber, Bryn Kuech, Ashley Orzalli, Daya Mau, Lena Soghomonian, Tessa Wyborny
Lizzie Houck (7), Kristie Meyer (2)
1 2 3 4 F
#19 Harvard 1 0 0 1 2
Arizona State 3 2 1 1 7
Katie Davis (2), Catharine Taber, Daya Mau, Heather
Rempfer, Kim Stevens, Adriane Mota
Lizzie Houck (2), Ashley Orzalli, Elaine Bentley, Kim Stevens
Lizzie Houck (9)