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Men's Water Polo Gets by Hopkins; Will Face Navy Sunday for Southern Title

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/05/2011
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Drew Hoffenberg had a season-high five goals in the win.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
PRINCETON (11/5/11) - The 15th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team defeated Johns Hopkins 10-4 on Saturday afternoon in the semifinal round of Southern Championships at DeNunzio Pool. With the win Princeton advances to Sunday's championship game where it will face 16th-ranked Navy.

Princeton jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a quarter and allowed just one Blue Jay goal over the first three quarters in claiming Saturday's win. The top-seeded Tigers got five goals from Drew Hoffenberg and two from Thomas Nelson, while four others scored single goals.

Nelson and Sam Butler both added two assists in the win, while Nelson led the way with four steals. Ben Dearborn went the distance in goal and made 15 saves, including five in the first and third quarters.

Princeton scored once on seven man-up chances and converted on one of two 5-meter shots. Hopkins was three of nine with the extra man and missed a 5-meter shot.

The Tigers will meet Navy in tomorrow's championship game at 2 p.m. The Tigers are the defending Southern Champions and have claimed the title in two of the past three seasons. Princeton and Navy met for the 2009 title, which was won by Navy. Princeton beat Bucknell in last season's title game. Princeton is now 20-7 overall.

Princeton 3 3 2 2 - 10
Hopkins 0 1 0 3 - 4

Goals: Hoffenberg 5, Nelson 2, Helou, Still, Weber, Wenzlau
Assists: Butler 2, Nelson 2, Shannon, Wenzlau
Saves: Dearborn 15 (32:00)

Tournament Results


Princeton 16, W&J 5
JHU 16, GW 11
Navy 19, Notre Dame 8
Bucknell 18, Mercyhurst 9


JHU 14, Gannon 3
Navy 16, Salem 3
Bucknell 14, PSUB 1
GW 16, Gannon 3
Notre Dame 22, Salem 6
Mercyhurst 15, PSUB 0
Princeton 10, JHU 4
Navy 11, Bucknell 4








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