The No. 14 Tiger men’s water polo team will open the 2013 season this weekend hosting their annual Princeton Invitational from Sept. 13-15 at DeNunzio Pool. The Tigers will kick off the year on Friday with No. 16 Santa Clara live on ESPNU at 6:30 p.m.
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Friday, Sept. 13 vs. Santa Clara at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Penn (exhibition) at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14 vs. Harvard at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15 vs. Iona at 5 p.m.
• Princeton went 17-12, 5-3 Southern last season, earning third-place finishes at both the Southern Division and CWPA Eastern championships.
• The Tigers return 15 letterwinners from a year ago, while welcoming four freshman and sophomore Thomas Nelson, a 2011 All-America who missed last season, to the lineup.
• Princeton returns four 20-goal or more scorers, including two-time All-America Drew Hoffenberg who posted team-highs in goals (63) and steals (65) in 2012.
• In goal, the Tigers will be able to rely on the veteran tandem of senior Ben Dearborn and sophomore Alex Gow. Dearborn missed much of 2012 due to injury, allowing Gow to garner valuable experience in the cage. Gow went 8-7 with a .505 saves percentage.
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• The Tigers will host 10 contests at DeNunzio Pool this season, with Senior Day coming on Saturday, Oct. 26 versus Iona at 8:30 p.m.
• The squad has a top-heavy schedule, hitting the road for a 10-game road span following the Princeton Invitational on both coasts.
• Princeton will face six nationally ranked teams, along with two opponents currently receiving votes towards a ranking during the upcoming year.
• The Southern Division Championship is scheduled for Nov. 9-10 in Annapolis, Md. and the CWPA Championship will run from Nov. 22-24 in Providence, R.I.
• The NCAA Championship format has been adjusted this year, with the conference champions from the SCIAC and CWPA facing off in a Play-In Game on Saturday, Nov. 30. The Final Four will be played at Stanford from Dec. 7-8.
The Captains: Senior Kurt Buchbinder and junior Drew Hoffenberg will serve as captains in 2013.
On Deck: The Tigers’ 10-game road swing begins with a two-day trip to Maryland and Washington, D.C. to face Johns Hopkins, Navy and George Washington to commence Southern Division play from Sept. 21-22.
Scouting Santa Clara:
• Santa Clara heads east after opening the year with a 19-7 loss at Pacific on Sept. 7.
• Casidhe McClone and Theo Nasser lead the offense with two goals apiece.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Santa Clara, 5-2. The Tigers are 3-2 when hosting SCU at DeNunzio.
• The Tigers defeated the Broncos 13-8 in their last meeting on Sept. 30, 2012 in a neutral sited match in Southern California.
• Current SCU head coach Keith Wilbur ’96 is a former Princeton goalie.
• Harvard enters the weekend riding a 1-4 record, seeing its lone victory, 17-10, over Washington and Jefferson at Brown’s Bruno Fall Classic on Sept. 7.
• In goal, Jimmy Field and Colin Woolway have split time. Field has 17 saves, while Woolway has tallied 29 with a pair of assists and a steal.
• Noah Harrison is the Crimson offensive leader with 13 goals and six assists, and Blake Lee has a team-best 12 assists.
• The Tigers own the all-time series versus the Crimson, 18-3, and Princeton is 12-2 versus Harvard at home.
• In the last meeting, Princeton defeated Harvard 13-7 on Sept. 8, 2012 at the Princeton Invite.
• The Gaels of Iona enter this weekend’s tournament with a 0-3 record, falling to Bucknell, Johns Hopkins and Navy at the Navy Open last weekend.
• Jake Lloyd and Zach Presto lead the offense with seven and five goals, respectively.
• Goalie Stefen Hill has made 11 or more saves in all three games, amassing 34 on the year.
• The Tigers are undefeated all-time versus Iona, owning a 17-0 record, including an 11-0 record at DeNunzio.
• The Tigers swept their meetings versus the Gaels in 2012, topping Iona 16-6 on Sept. 15 and 18-9 on Oct. 20.