The No. 15 Princeton men’s water polo team concludes the home half of the 2013 schedule this weekend with a three-game stanza. The Tigers (14-4, 6-1 Southern) will conclude Southern Division play versus George Washington (10-7, 3-2 Southern) on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. The next day Princeton will host Fordham (11-10, 3-5 Northern) at 11:30 a.m. and Iona (4-18, 3-5 Northern) at 4:30 p.m.
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Last Time Out:
• Princeton is coming off a thrilling 13-12 victory over Brown to capture the Ivy League Championship on Oct. 20.
• As the No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Tigers earned an automatic berth into the semifinals.
• They defeated club affiliate Penn, 20-15, in the semifinals.
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Southern Division Title:
• The Tigers captured the regular season Southern Division-East title behind their 6-1 record.
• Princeton will enter the Southern Division Championship at Navy from Nov. 8-10 as the No. 1 seed.
• The Tigers have won seven Southern Championships in program history, last winning it in 2011.
Thanks for the Memories!:
• This weekend marks the final home contests for the graduating senior class.
• Prior to their game versus Iona, the program will honor the Class of 2014 in their annual Senior Day ceremony.
• The Class of 2014 features: Tyler Amina, Kurt Buchbinder, Ben Dearborn, A.J. Galainena, Constantine Nakos, Matt Pugliese and Alex Rafter.
The National Scene:
• The Tigers remained tabbed at No. 15 in the national top-20 for the second consecutive week.
• Princeton collected 29 points towards its ranking.
• This season the Tigers are 1-3 versus ranked teams. All three losses came to squads ranked No. 7 or higher at the time of the meeting.
Trending Now: Princeton is outscoring opponents 191-169 on the year.
The Captains: Kurt Buchbinder ’14 and Drew Hoffenberg ’15 are the Tiger co-captains in 2013.
Scouting George Washington:
• Third-place George Washington enters Friday’s meeting with a 10-7, 3-2 Southern record.
• The Colonials have gone 1-4 over their last five games.
• Three GW players have scored 35 or more goals with Daniel Tyner’s 41 leading the offense. He also has 24 assists and 20 steals over 17 contests.
• Connor Dillion has served as the team’s primary goalie, tallying 132 saves, a 0.446 saves percentage, 164 goals against and a 10.75 goals against average.
• In the first meeting this season between Princeton and GW, the Tigers earned a 9-5 win on Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus George Washington, 33-1. The Tigers are perfect at home with a 22-0 record.
• Fordham heads to Princeton holding an 11-10, 3-5 Northern record.
• The Rams have lost their last three games, including a most recent 10-8 loss to Iona on Oct. 23.
• Fordham is 0-5 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Fordham, 10-0, playing nine of those contests at DeNunzio Pool.
• Iona snapped its three-game losing skid with a win over Fordham last week to improve to 4-18, 3-5 Northern on the year.
• Iona is 0-6 versus ranked opponents on the year.
• Jake Lloyd leads the Gael offense with 54 goals, along with 12 assists and 15 steals.
• Goalie Stefen Hill has 186 saves, a 0.42 saves percentage, 253 goals against and an 11.50 goals against average over 21 games.
• In their first meeting this season, the Tigers topped the Gaels 11-6 on Sept. 15 at DeNunzio.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Iona, 18-0, including going 12-0 at home.