Behind a 13-9 victory, the No. 13 Princeton men's water polo
team earned a third place finish at the North-South Invite in Cambridge, Mass.
The Tigers bested Bucknell in their tournament finale to improve to 5-3 on the
The Bison took control of the game in the first quarter,
2-1, but a composed Tiger squad rallied back to even the score 4-4 before
After the intermission, Princeton took off for good, jumping
out on a 5-0 run. The Tigers withstood a five-goal fourth quarter from
Bucknell, as Princeton added four goals over the final eight minutes of play.
Sam Butler led the way with three goals and three steals,
while Drew Hoffenberg had a team-best four steals and added two goals and
assists apiece. Connor Still, Billy Tifft and Matt Weber each recorded two
goals and Tim Wenzlau notched an assist, a steal and drew three ejections.
In goal, Ben Dearborn tallied 11 saves, two steals and
allowed only four goals against over his 27:55 minutes of work. Brendan Byrne
had a save during his fourth quarter minutes.
Princeton will face George Washington and Navy on the road
next on Saturday, Sept. 22, before facing Johns Hopkins the following day.
No. 13 Princeton: 1
- 3 - 5 - 4 - 13
Bucknell: 2 - 2 -
0 - 5 - 9
Goals: Butler 3,
Galainena 1, Hoffenberg 2, Still 2, Tifft 2, Wachtell 1, Weber 2
1, Butler 2, Hoffenberg 2, Wenzlau 1
Steals: Butler 3,
Dearborn 2, Hoffenberg 4, Kuprenas 1, Still 1, Tifft 1, Weber 1, Wenzlau 1
(27:55) 11, Byrne (4:05) 1