Water Polo to Host First-Ever MAAC Weekend in Lexington
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LEXINGTON, Va. -- For the first time in program history, the Virginia Military Institute women’s water polo team will be hosting the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams in Lexington, with 12 games slated for this Saturday and Sunday at Clark King Pool.

There will be six games played on each day this weekend at Clark King Pool as VMI and the other six MAAC schools open league play. Action begins on Saturday at 10 a.m. and on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Below is a schedule with anticipated game times. Fans unable to visit historic Lexington can follow the action through a live score sheet via Google Docs. Links to each game’s live score sheet are listed with the schedule below. Fans will not need a Google account to view the score sheets.

Saturday’s Schedule:
VMI vs. Iona - 10 a.m. (Score Sheet) - Iona 15, VMI 6
Marist vs. St. Francis Brooklyn - 11:30 a.m. (Score Sheet) - Marist 19, SFC 8
Siena vs. Wagner - 1 p.m. (Score Sheet) - Wagner 16, Siena 7
VMI vs. Marist - 2:30 p.m. (Score Sheet) - Marist 13, VMI 6
Iona vs. Wagner - 4 p.m. (Score Sheet) - Iona 12, Wagner 11 (Second Sudden Victory Period)
Siena vs. St. Francis Brooklyn - 5:30 p.m. (Score Sheet) SFC 18, Siena 12

Sunday’s Schedule:
Villanova vs. Wagner - 9 a.m. (Score Sheet) - Wagner 10, Villanova 5
Siena vs. VMI - 10:30 a.m. (Score Sheet) - Siena 14-9
Iona vs. Villanova - Noon (Score Sheet) - Iona 18-9
St. Francis Brooklyn vs. Wagner - 1:30 p.m. (Score Sheet) - Wagner 19-5
Iona vs. Siena - 3 p.m. (Score Sheet) - Iona 20-11
VMI vs. St. Francis Brooklyn - 4:30 p.m. (Score Sheet) - VMI 10-9

Parking for This Weekend:
Fans attending the game are asked to park in the North Institute Parking Lot, located next to VMI’s dining facility, Crozet Hall. Additional parking is available across from Cameron Hall by making a right at the light and following the arrows to South Institute Hill.

Directions to Lexington:
The following link are directions to VMI, including a map of the Institute. (Directions/Map)

Accessing Clark King Pool:
To access Clark King Pool from the North Institute Hill lot, fans will need to go through Memorial Gardens, located across from the Washington Arch (featuring a statue of George Washington in front). Once in Memorial Gardens, please head to the right and down a flight stairs. Make an immediate right at the bottom of the stairs. Follow the walkway to Clark King Pool.

To access Clark King Pool from the South Institute Hill lot, fans should walk along the road and under an archway. From there, signage will be visible for guidance to Clark King Pool.

Scouting VMI:
The Keydets will be looking for the program’s first MAAC win, but this weekend is the time to do it as VMI is undefeated at home all-time (2-0) at Clark King Pool. The Keydets will put that record to the test first thing Saturday morning as they take on back-to-back league champion Iona, which currently sits atop the MAAC standings at 13-8.

VMI (9-9) sports one of the top offenses in the MAAC, averaging 9.47 goals per game through 17 games this season. That offensive effort is paced by sophomore captain Celine Lazzaro, who is currently third in the conference (as of Mar. 20) in goals per game, scoring 52 markers in the team’s 17 games (3.06). Lazzaro needs just 12 goals to surpass teammate Mackenzie Perkins’ record single-season mark of 64 goals (2012).

Joining Lazzaro in the offensive ranks is Caitlyn Jackson, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Feb. 12. Jackson has potted 33 goals so far this season, averaging 1.94 per game, ranking her 10th in the conference.

In goal is another rookie standout in Molly Watkins, who like Jackson, has earned a weekly award from the MAAC, being tabbed Defensive Player of the Week on March 12. Watkins has racked up 145 saves in 2013, just 41 shy of Amanda Berrios’ single-season record of 186 (2012). Watkins checks in at the number three spot in the MAAC stats rankings, averaging 8.53 saves per game. She is second in total saves behind Wagner’s Laura Karbach (221).