No. 17 Princeton Grounds Johns Hopkins 9-6 in Southern Division Championship Semifinals

Mike Merlone
Mike Merlone

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 17th-ranked Princeton University men's water polo team scored four straight goals to overcome a fourth quarter deficit and defeat Johns Hopkins University 9-6 in the Southern Division semifinals on Saturday afternoon at the United States Naval Academy. 

With the win, Princeton will advance to the Southern finals for the third straight season and will look for its first title since the 2008 season. Princeton will face Bucknell University, the tournament's fourth seed in the final, which defeated top-seeded Navy in the semifinals.

Princeton led 2-0 after a half but the score was deadlocked after the second and third quarters. Johns Hopkins scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to lead 6-5 but Princeton finished the game with four unanswered goals, two with the man advantage and two on counters, for the win.

Tommy Donahue led the Tigers with three goals in the win while Kurt Buchbinder scored twice. Four others scored goals in the win.

Goalie Mike Merlone aided the Tigers' cause by stopping 10 shots to preserve the win and put defending conference champion Princeton within one game of the Southern Division Championship and the No. 1 seed at the Eastern Championship.

Release courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications

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