MAKING A SPLASH: Princeton University women’s water polo player Amy Castellano unloads the ball in a game this season. Junior star Castellano has scored a team-high 71 goals this season to help No. 15 Princeton go 19-8 overall and enter the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) tournament this weekend in Providence, R.I. as the No. 2 seed. The Tigers face Saint Francis in a quarterfinal contest on April 26 with the victor facing the winner of Bucknell/George Washington matchup the next day in the semis and the championship game slated for Sunday. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)
By Justin Feil
The Princeton University women’s water polo team will open the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) tournament in Providence, R.I. this weekend as the No. 2 seed, the same seed it earned last year.
But this year’s Tiger team is a far different group from a year ago, and over the last three years there has been quite a lot of change in the program.
It graduated last year’s All-Americans Chelsea Johnson and Haley Wan, who were two of the best at scoring and drawing ejections. Two years ago, Princeton was headlined by Johnson’s sister, Ashleigh, an Olympic gold medalist goalie for the United States national team.
“I think we’re like some small fish in a big pond in a way,” said Princeton junior star Amy Castellano, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif. who has the No. 15 Tigers post an overall record of 19-8. more