Two-Game Weekend Awaits Water Polo at Villanova
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com  
Release: 03/29/2013
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VILLANOVA, Pa. -- After hosting four Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games last weekend, the Virginia Military Institute women’s water polo team will have a relatively light weekend, competing just twice on Saturday. The Keydets square off with Wagner College and Villanova University in the Philadelphia suburb.

The Keydets (11-12, 1-3 MAAC) will play Wagner at 11:30 a.m., followed by a game with the weekend’s host school, Villanova, at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be held at the Villanova Swim Complex.

Fans unable to make the trip to Villanova can watch the 2:30 game between the Wildcats and Keydets through a live video stream. Those wishing to watch the video stream will need CBS Sports Network access.

The Keydets are coming off of back-to-back wins, including the program’s first-ever MAAC win on Sunday over St. Francis College Brooklyn (10-9) followed by an 11-7 win over Grove City College on Tuesday.

So far this season, the Keydets have logged 203 goals in 22 games, averaging just over nine goals an outing. That offensive production is led by sophomore Celine Lazzaro, who set the single-season goals record on Tuesday and currently has 67 in 2013. She averages three goals per outing, ranking her in the top five in the league.

Lazzaro will be looking to extend her season second-best nine-game scoring streak. Should she score in the Wagner game, she will tie her career high (10) and if she scores in both games, she will surpass her personal mark. The program’s record for consecutive games with a goal is 10, held by Lazzaro earlier this season and current sophomore Mackenzie Perkins, who hit the mark last season.

Freshman Caitlyn Jackson is a key contributor on offense with her 41 tallies, which includes a pair of hat tricks in the last five games. The rookie has nine such games this season, including a career-best six in her very first outing in the Red and Gold (vs. Notre Dame College).

Between the pipes, VMI is led by Molly Watkins and her 195 stops. The 6-1 freshman carries a goals against average of 9.49 during her 560 minutes of action. She helps lead the Keydets as one of the top defensive teams in the MAAC, holding teams below double digits on average.


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