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Pacific Drops Two At Aztec Invitational

Mar 18, 2012

Playing its fifth and sixth matches in three days, the Pacific women's water polo team fell to both No. 18 Princeton and Wagner Sunday, Mar. 18, as part of the Aztec Invitational at the Aztec Aquaplex on the campus of San Diego State.

The losses drop the Tigers to 9-10 on the year. Princeton and Wagner improve to 19-1 and 10-14, respectively.

In its first game, a first-half run by No. 18 Princeton put Pacific in an early hole that it was unable to dig its way out of, falling to Princeton, 10-6.

Sophomores Elise Martin and Malena Prlain scored two goals apiece for the Tigers. Sophomore goalkeeperMichele Relton blocked nine shots in a complete-game outing.

Prlain gave the Tigers an early one-goal lead on a power-play goal at the 4:44 mark. It would be short-lived, however, as Princeton ended the quarter with three consecutive goals, owning a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.

Princeton's run continued into the second frame as it scored the first two goals of the quarter, going up 5-1 with 5:18 remaining in the half. Prlain stopped Princeton's run with a goal at the 5:01 mark before Adair converted a 6-on-4 opportunity to bring Pacific back to within two, 5-3, with 4:21 remaining. A Princeton goal at the 3:52 mark gave Princeton a 6-3 lead heading into halftime.

Martin scored her first goal of the game at the 4:06 mark of the third quarter, but Princeton answered with a goal of its own at the 2:52 mark. Sophomore Rebecca Wright found the back of the cage on a power play with 1:39 left before Princeton scored with just one second remaining in the frame to take an 8-5 lead into the fourth.

Princeton extended its lead to four, 9-5, with a goal at the 5:03 mark before Martin tallied for a second time 30 seconds later. Princeton would add a late goal, resulting in the final margin.

Princeton was paced by Molly McBee and Brittany Zwirner, both of whom recorded hat tricks. Kristen Ward notched six saves in the cage.

In their second game, the Tigers saw Wagner score with just 15 seconds left, turning a tie game into a 7-6 win.

Senior Kim Kay and freshman Brydie both tallied two goals to pace Pacific. Relton registered X saves in four quarters of action.

The Tigers wasted little time in the first quarter, taking a 3-0 lead on a pair of goals from Kay that sandwiched a score from freshman Noelle Mann. Kay's second goal came with just 28 seconds remaining, but Wagner finished with eight seconds on the clock, trimming Pacific's lead to two, 3-1, at the end of the first.

The Seahawks scored the first goal of the second period at the 5:51 mark to pull to within one, 3-2. Pacific responded with two more goals, one each from Adair and Pye, to go back up by three, 5-2, heading into the break.

The third quarter saw Wagner step up its defensive effort, holding the Tigers scoreless. The Seahawks also executed on the offensive end, using three goals to tie the match at 5-5 with eight minutes left to play.

Pye broke the tie and put Pacific back on top with a goal at the 7:16 mark, but Wagner quickly tied it back up on its next possession. The two teams played even the rest of the way before the Seahawks scored with just 15 seconds left to complete their comeback and win the match.

The Tigers return home for a match with No. 10 Maryland on Saturday, Mar. 24, as part of the Pacific Invitational. 

Game One - No. 18 Princeton 10, Pacific 6
Princeton 3 - 3 - 2 - 2 -- 10
Pacific 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 -- 6 

Pacific - Martin 2, Prlain 2, Adair, Wright
Princeton - McBee 3, Zwirner 3, Rigler 2, Soroka 2 

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific - Relton 9
Princeton - Ward 6 

Game Two - Wagner 7, Pacific 6
Wagner 1 - 1 - 3 - 2 -- 7
Pacific 3 - 2 - 0 - 1 -- 6 

Pacific - Kay 2, Pye 2, Adair, Mann

Goalkeeper Saves
Pacific - Relton 12

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