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Men's Water Polo Falls in Southern Title Match to Navy

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 11/06/2011
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Thomas Nelson had two goals and two steals in the loss.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
PRINCETON (11/6/11) - No. 16 Navy scored four unanswered goals in the second half to break open a one-goal game and defeat the 15th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team 10-5 on Sunday in the Southern Championship game at DeNunzio Pool. Thomas Nelson scored twice in the loss for the Tigers.

Neither team gained a lead of more than a goal through the first half of the game. Princeton scored first, but Navy answered with two goals, before Princeton countered with another two. The Midshipmen built a 5-4 lead at the half and extended it to 6-4 with the first goal of the third quarter.

Princeton trimmed the lead back to a goal and had a chance to even the score on an ejection with two minutes gone in the quarter, but Navy stole a pass during the possession and went the other way, scoring on the counter. That gave Navy a 7-5 lead and Princeton could not recover as Navy would score the remaining three goals of the game.

Thomas Nelson scored two goals for the Tigers, while Tommy Donahue, Matt Weber and Kayj Shannon added single goals in the loss. Ben Dearborn made 11 saves in three-plus quarters of action. Princeton scored three goals on seven man-up chances while Navy had goals on three of eight tries, and converted on a 5-meter shot.

The loss drops Princeton to 19-9 overall. Princeton had defeated Navy in its two regular season meetings this season. Princeton will have the second Southern seed at the CWPA Eastern Championships, which will be played from Nov. 18-20 at Harvard.

Princeton 1 3 1 0 - 5
Navy 2 3 3 2 - 10

Goals: Nelson 2, Donahue 1, Shannon 1, Weber 1
Assists: Butler, Hoffenberg, Tifft
Saves: Dearborn 11 (29:36), Amina 1 (2:24)

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