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NCAA BOUND! Princeton Knocks Off #11 Indiana to Capture CWPA Championship
PRINCETON, N.J. – For the third time in four seasons, the 12th-ranked Princeton University women's water polo team laid claim to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) crown, ousting defending champion Indiana University in a thriller at DeNunzio Pool, 7-6.
Having dropped seven-straight match-ups (including two by one goal this season) to the 11th-ranked Hoosiers since a 10-5 win in 2007, Princeton avenged last year’s 11-10 setback against Indiana in the CWPA finale. Winning their fourth CWPA championship, the Tigers earned the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Anchoring the Tigers’ defensive efforts, Ashleigh Johnson recorded 17 saves, surpassing CWPA Hall of Fame inductee Goga Vukmirovic (990) for the most career saves in program history. Now with 1,003 saves, Johnson is the only player in Princeton women’s water polo history to stop at least 1,000 shots.
Netting four goals, Ashley Hatcher upped her season total to 78, while moving into fifth-place on the program’s career charts (194). Emily Smith and Haley Wan accounted for the Tigers’ other three scores.
After Pippa Temple hit the left post just inside of the six-minute mark of the opening period, Wan took advantage of an Indiana exclusion, staking the Tigers to a 1-0 lead. Coming right back, the HoosiersKelly Matthews netted the equalizer at 4:30.
Approaching the three-minute mark, Hatcher took advantage of another Indiana exclusion, netting her 74th goal of the season. Once again pulling the Hoosiers even, Matthews put away her second of the contest to make it 2-2.
Forcing Johnson to make a lunging save at the far post and another stop from point-blank range, Indiana looked to take its first lead early in the second quarter. Successfully converting a 5-meter penalty, Matthews did just that, putting the Hoosiers up 3-2.
Once again tested inside of the five-minute mark, Johnson turned away another good Indiana scoring opportunity before starting a Princeton counter. Racing forward with numbers, Smith rifled a shot into the Hoosier cage at 4:16 to momentarily tie it at 3-3. Retaking the lead, Indiana corralled a rebound in front before putting it away with 2:04 left in the half.
Winning possession early in the third, Hatcher wasted little time pulling Princeton even, putting her first shot of the period into the left corner of the Hoosier net. Drawing a Princeton exclusion, Indiana regained the lead, recording the go-ahead goal at 5:13. With less than two minutes to go in the quarter, Smith picked an opportune time to notch her second of the game, beating Indiana goalie Mary Campbell on the near post to make it 5-5.
Going on the offensive, Hatcher helped the Tigers go back on top with a goal at 6:55. Racing forward on a counter-attack moments later, Hatcher again beat Campbell, giving Princeton its first two-goal lead of the final. Candyce Schroeder brought Indiana back within one with a goal at 2:23, but that was as close as the Hoosiers would get with the Orange and Black doing just enough down the stretch to lock-up the victory.
Johnson, Hatcher and Jessie Holechek each earned a spot on the CWPA All-Tournament first team for their efforts, while Taylor Dunstan was named to the second team. Hatcher had eight goals, four steals and three assists in three CWPA games, while Dunstan and six goals and four helpers. Holechek collected four helpers, while Johnson finished with 29 saves and a 0.725 save percentage.
Goals: Hatcher 4, Smith 2, Wan 1
Assists: Holechek 3, Dunstan 2, Hallock 1
Steals: Hatcher 3, Wan 2, Temple 1, Holechek 1, Smith 1
Ejections Drawn: Hatcher 3, Holechek 2, Dunstan 1, Lapkin 1, Hallock 1
Blocks: Smith 1
Saves: Johnson 17
These dried strawberries might be better than Twizzlers?!?!
Not everyone has access to a dehydrator but not to worry, your oven and a few tips will result in some deliciously tasty dried strawberries.
This isn’t an exact recipe because there are many variables that impact cook time and final out come. You just have to experiment a bit until you get it right using your own oven.
The size and ripeness of the berries, how thin they are sliced, the consistency of your oven temp. and even relative humidity of your climate can all play a role in how your berries turn out. Some will take longer to dehydrate than others so keep a close eye on them.
Dried strawberrries can make a great snack to satisfy a craving for something sweet. Just like most fruits they do contain a lot of sugar so should be eaten in moderation and my diabetic readers should consider how much sugar they’ve had throughout the day before opting for these.
Two Pints Of Fresh Strawberries
Rinse fresh strawberries
Slice the berries so that they are about 1/4″ thick
Spread berries flat on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet
Place them in the oven using low heat. I use 200 -210 F
Turn on oven’s hood vent and crack the oven door to allow moisture to escape
Keep a close eye on your berries but I usually cook mine for about 3 and a half hours
When they appear to be mostly dried, remove from oven and allow then to cool
Use a spatula to carefully remove the dried berries (some will still be a bit sticky)
Be sure to wait until berries are completely cooled.
Can be stored in zipped plastic bag or sealed jars.
Best to store in a dark, dry location at about 60 degrees F
They can be stored in the fridge but when removed there may be some condensation and become stickier but still tasty.
Hope you enjoy this project and the delicious dried strawberries. They are a perfect treat for the kids as an alternative to candy too.
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