No. 14 Princeton University Looks to Seal Southern Division-East Region Crown this Weekend
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The first-place and No. 14-ranked Princeton University men's water polo team hosts three games this weekend at DeNunzio Pool against George Washington University, Fordham University and Iona College.
Princeton went 3-0 last weekend with wins over Bucknell University, Johns Hopkins University and the United States Naval Academy to move into first place in the CWPA Southern Division standings with one league games remaining on the docket. That game comes on Friday night against George Washington and a Princeton win will clinch the division's regular season crown for the second time in the past three seasons.
led Princeton last weekend with 10 goals in the three wins and was named the Southern Player of the Week. He made key contributions in the Tigers' overtime wins at 15th-ranked Bucknell and against 17th-ranked Navy at home. He also had three goals in the win over Johns Hopkins as Princeton avenged earlier losses to both Bucknell and Hopkins over the weekend.
also had a big week in goal on his way to Southern Defensive Player of the Week honors. He had a combined 32 saves in the two overtime wins, including a career-high of 18 in the Navy win. Dearborn has made 12 or more saves in five of his six starts this season after returning from injury earlier this month.
, who scored four goals over the weekend, leads the Tigers with 30 goals. Five Tigers have crossed the 20-goal mark this season. ranks second with 26, one ahead of Wenzlau and two up on , who scored three goals last Friday at Bucknell. has 20 goals this season.
Princeton now sits atop the Southern Division standings with a 5-2 record and one game remaining. Bucknell has completed its Southern slate with a 5-3 record, while Navy is currently 3-3, but a game behind the Tigers in the loss column. Princeton also leaped two spots to 14th in the latest national poll. The Tigers highest ranking this season has been No. 13.
Princeton begins the weekend on Friday night against George Washington. The Tigers topped the Colonials 14-8 earlier this season in Washington behind a three-goal performance from Hoffenberg.added two goals and an assist in the game and made eight saves.
Princeton and GW will each play Fordham and Iona in crossover games on Saturday. Princeton has already played both opponents this season, beating Fordham twice by scores of 14-6 and 13-6, and Iona once by a score of 15-4.
Release courtesy Princeton Athletic Communications