April 5, 2012
Former Troubadour goalie's career at Princeton winding down

Kristen Ward's brilliant Ivy League women's water polo career at Princeton is winding down.

The senior from St. Francis has helped the Tigers to a 21-4 record heading into their final regular season match on Friday against visiting Hartwick.

Next up will be the Southern Championships April 13-15 in Lewisburg, Pa., and the CWPA Eastern Championships April 27-29 in Providence, R.I.

Ward has 177 saves for the Tigers this season, including 12 on Saturday in a 7-6 loss at Maryland and 12 more on Friday in a 13-9 win over conference rival George Washington in Washington, D.C.

She twice has been named her league's "Defensive Player of the Week" this season.

Princeton is ranked No. 14 nationally by the Collegiate Water Polo Association, one of four non-California teams in the top 15.

Ward become a starter at Princeton as a freshman and is a three-time Southern all-league goalie - first team as a freshman and second team as a sophomore and junior.

At St. Francis, she also was a four-year starting goalie and helped lead the Troubadours to two Division I section titles.

She is one of two area players on the Princeton team.

Junior Rachele Gyorffy from Rio Americano also competes for the New Jersey university.

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