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38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Water Polo

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/29/2013
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. A new post will be added each day Monday through Friday until the first Princeton athletic event on Aug. 31.

 Princeton Men's Water Polo: Five Numbers to Know
1996 First varsity season 12

ACWPC All-Americas

7 Southern Championships 4 NCAA Apperances 3 CWPA Eastern Championships

 Head Coach

Luis Nicolao
16th season as head coach in 2013-14
• Head coach of the men's and women's water polo teams
With the men:
• coach of the year honors
• NCAA tournament appearances
• 11 All-America selections
• Southern Players of the Year
• Eastern Championship MVPs


Two to Watch

Drew Hoffenberg
2013 co-captain
 Two-time All-America
• 2011 Eastern Championship MVP
• Two-time All-Southern and Eastern Championship All-Tournament selection
• 2011 NCAA All-Tournament Team
• Member of U.S. gold medal team at 2013 Maccabiah Games


Kurt Buchbinder
• 2013 co-captain
2011 Southern Rookie of the Year
 Two-time CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team and ACWPC All-Academic Team honoree


 Five Princeton Men's Water Polo Facts

• Men’s water polo became Princeton's 36th sport when it was elevated to full varsity status for the 1996 season.

• Princeton has played in four NCAA Tournaments (1992, 2004, 2009, 2011). Princeton won its first tournament game in 2009 when it topped Loyola Marymount for third-place. The 2009 Championship was hosted at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. Princeton finsished third again in 2011.

• Princeton has had four perfect CWPA seasons. Those have come in 1999 (8-0), 2001 (4-0), 2003 (4-0) and 2004 (10-0). 

• In 2004 the Tigers set a program record with 25 wins in a season.

• Princeton had a final ranking of ninth in the 2004 CWPA Division I poll. It was the first time Princeton finished the season ranked inside the top 10. Princeton also received a ranking of ninth early in the 2005 season. The Tigers were ranked 10th in the final poll of the 2009 and 2011 seasons. 


July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug. 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug. 5 - Wrestling
Aug. 6 - Women's Indoor Track
Aug. 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug. 8 - Women's Outdoor Track
Aug. 9 - Men's Swimming
Aug. 12 - Women's Hockey
Aug. 13 - Men's Lightweight Crew
Aug. 14 - Women's Soccer
Aug. 15 - Men's Indoor Track
Aug. 16 - Softball
Aug. 19 - Men's Fencing
Aug. 20 - Women's Fencing
Aug. 21 - Sprint Football 
Aug. 22 - Women's Golf
Aug. 23 - Men's Squash
Aug. 26 - Women's Water Polo
Aug. 27 - Men's Soccer
Aug. 28 - Women's Lightweight Rowing
Aug. 29 - Men's Water Polo

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