CAMBRIDGE, MA - After scoring the game's opening tally, the Iona College women's water polo team was outscored 12-1 over the remainder of the contest and fell to Princeton 12-3 in the consolation round of the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Iona's two goals were scored by junior Erika Lauraitis, who also converted a five meter penalty shot in the third quarter. Junior goalkeeper Marisa Gaynor was credited with six saves for the Maroon & Gold.
Lauraitis started the contest connecting on a lob shot over Princeton goalkepper Ashleigh Johnson to give the Gaels a 1-0 lead with 6:23 remaining in the first period.
From there, the Tigers would end the first quarter on a 3-0 run, before outscoring the Gaels 4-0 in the second quarter to take a 7-1 cushion into the half.
Trailing, 8-1, Lauraitis put away the five meter shot with 4:55 left in the third period, ending a 17:28 scoring draught by the Gaels. From there, Princeton would end the contest with four straight goals.
Princeton was led by three goals by Paige Temple, while Taylor Dunston and Saranna Soroka each scored twice. Johnson led the Princeton defense, making 11 saves.
Iona will complete its weekend Sunday in the seventh place game at noon against the loser of the other consolation game between No. 5 UC San Diego and No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer.