No. 15 Men's Water Polo to Open Conference Slate This Weekend
The No. 15 Princeton men's water polo team will remain on the road, as the Tigers open up CWPA Southern Division play this weekend. The Tigers (5-3) will open the conference slate on Saturday, Sept. 22 with George Washington (5-6) at 2 p.m. in D.C., before heading to Annapolis, Md. to face Navy (10-2) at 7:30 p.m. The following afternoon, the Tigers will head to Baltimore, Md. for a 2 p.m. game at Johns Hopkins (11-2).
Last Time Out: Princeton finished in third place at the Harvard-hosted North-South Invite from Sept. 15-16. After defeating Iona, 16-6, to open the weekend, the Tigers were edged 10-9 by then-No. 19 Brown in the semifinals. Behind a first half rally, Princeton bested Bucknell, 13-9, to conclude the tournament and earn a top-three finish.
The Wins and Losses: The Tigers are 5-3 on the year, seeing their three losses to top-20 teams, including two of the top-three squads in the nation in UCLA and Cal. All five victories on the year have been by four goals or more.
Hoffenberg Continues to Pace Tigers: Sophomore Drew Hoffenberg has picked up where he left off last season, as the attacker already has scored 21 goals over eight games. He's also gotten in on the defensive game, tallying a team-best 22 steals.
Butler Shines at North-South Invite: Sophomore Sam Butler put together a solid weekend at the North-South Invite, tallying seven goals to lead the Tigers. He also had eight assists, five steals, a block and drew six ejections.
Scouting George Washington: The Colonials of George Washington (5-6) currently are riding a 1-6 losing skid entering this weekend's game. Prior to hosting Princeton, GWU will travel to Johns Hopkins for its conference opener. Nate Little leads the offense with 17 goals, while the field defensive attack is headlined by Bogdan Petkovic's 26 steals. In goal, Cameron Illes has 67 saves, a 10.33 goals against average and has allowed 62 goals against over 24 quarters.
Scouting Navy: Navy currently is 10-0, playing all of its games thus far at home. The Mids host Bucknell in their conference opener prior to facing the Tigers on Saturday. Paul Pedrotty leads the offense with 32 goals and 14 assists for 46 points over nine games played. Seven different players have seen minutes in goal, with Anthony Gutierrez taking the bulk of Navy's time in the cage. Over six games, he has a .646 saves percentage, 31 saves and has allowed 17 goals against.
Scouting Johns Hopkins: Johns Hopkins enters this weekend following its perfect 5-0 performance at the Navy Invitational from Sept. 15-16. The Blue Jays (11-2) are 1-1 versus ranked teams this season, defeating then-No. 18 Brown, 9-8, and falling 21-4 to then-No. 2 UCLA at the Princeton Invitational. Johns Hopkins has yet to move into the national top-20 poll, but received votes towards a ranking last week. Ross Schofield leads the JHU offense with 30 goals and 24 assists, while Alex Whittam has a team-high 36 steals in the field. Danny Ovelar leads the Blue Jay quartet in goal with 70 saves, allowing 49 goals against.