Bucknell Women's Water Polo to Host No. 11 Hartwick, Travel to Maryland on Final Weekend of Regular Season
April 15, 2010
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell women's water polo returns to action in its final regular season games this weekend. The Bison host 11th-ranked Hartwick at Kinney Natatorium in their last home appearance on Friday at 6 p.m. before visiting league foe Maryland in College Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bison can win the CWPA Southern Division crown this weekend with a win against Maryland. This would grant them the top seed at next weekend's Southern Championship in Princeton, N.J.
Bucknell Women's Water Polo Notebook (12-8, 4-1 CWPA)
Bucknell is now 15-3 in its last 18 regular-season league games against conference opponents. The Bison have gone 5-1 in league play each of the last two years. A win at Maryland will allow the team to match that record for a third straight season.
Bucknell is in a slower stretch of its schedule where it will play just six games in a 28-day span leading up to the Southern Championships, which will be held next weekend at Princeton, a pool the Bison have played four games in this year and 12 over the last two years.
Bucknell will hope to garner a second consecutive win against a ranked opponent this season by beating Hartwick on Friday. The Bison won a league matchup with then-No. 19 Princeton on March 27, until which the team was 0-4 against ranked teams this season. Bucknell has not been ranked itself since April 17, 2008, when it was listed 20th nationally. The team was ranked six weeks overall that season.
Senior Valentina Rozas is 19 goals and 49 points shy of equaling the Bucknell career records in those categories. She has 218 goals and 91 assists in her career for a total of 309 points. She is one of just four Bison to register at least 300 points along with junior Kandis Canonica, who enters the weekend with 305 career points.
Alison Carter has registered 187 saves this year, surpassing her 2009 total. She now has 647 stops in her career, ranking her third in program history. She also leads this year's squad with 46 steals and has recorded 10 double-figure save performances in the cage. Her 153 career saves is also in the top 10 in program history.
Valentina Rozas surpassed Meagan Gins for the most ejections drawn in program history in Sunday's matchup against Princeton. Rozas, who leads the Bison with 41 ejections drawn this year, has 272 in her career, one more than Rowe.
Kandis Canonica and Amanda Skonezney are the only two Bucknell players to start all 20 games this year. After last week's loss to Princeton, Canonica is the only Bison to have scored a point in each game this season, netting one of the team's three goals. The junior has a career-high 70 points.
Bison on Career Record Lists
Bucknell's Weekly Awards in 2010
Bucknell vs. Hartwick
Bucknell vs. Maryland