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No. 17 Men's Water Polo Drops Iona, George Washington in Home Finale

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/20/2012
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Matt Weber led the squad with 10 goals, two steals and assist Saturday.
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In their final home games of the regular season, the No. 17 Princeton men's water polo team went 2-0 to improve 12-10, 5-3 Southern on the year. The Tigers opened the day with an 18-9 win over Iona, before handing conference rival George Washington a 13-6 defeat.

Matt Weber led the offense with 10 goals, while adding two steals and an assist on the day. Drew Hoffenberg followed scoring six goals, three in each game, and tallying five steals and four assists.

Over seven quarters of work, goalie Alex Gow tallied 16 saves, two steals and an assist. Both Brendan Byrne and Tyler Amina saw minutes off the bench in goal, combining for eight saves.

Versus Iona, Princeton opened up the game with an 11-2 first half run, easily holding off the Gael offense.

As the defense worked to not let up in the second half, as the Tiger attack continued to add to its growing lead. Princeton remained in control over the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the Gaels 8-7.

Both Sam Butler and Bradley Wachtell tallied four assists versus the Gaels, with Butler also adding four steals.

Princeton maintained its momentum in game two versus George Washington, en route to its second win over the Colonials this season.

After an even 2-2 first quarter, the Tigers took off on a 7-2 run over the second and third quarters to take control for good. In the fourth, Princeton outscored GWU 4-2 to seal the victory.

The Tigers travel next to New Haven, Conn. for the Ivy League Championship on Saturday, Oct. 28. Princeton plays at 11:30 a.m. versus an opponent to be determined.

No. 17 Princeton: 7 - 4 - 6 - 2 - 18
Iona: 1 - 1 - 2 - 5 - 9

Goals: Buchbinder 1, Butler 2, Donahue 1, Hoffenberg 3, Kuprenas 1, Lebovitz 1, Pugliese 1, Weber 6, Wenzlau 3
Assists: Buchbinder 1, Butler 4, Gow 1, Kuprenas 1, Lebovitz 1, Rafter 1, Wachtell 4, Weber 1
Steals: Butler 4, Donahue 1, Hoffenberg 5, Lebovitz 1, Pugliese 1, Ruth 2, Weber 2, Wenzlau 1
Saves: Gow (18:23) 4, Amina (5:37) 5, Byrne (8:00) 2

No. 17 Princeton: 2 - 2 - 5 - 4 - 13
George Washington: 2 - 0 - 2 - 2 - 6

Goals: Donahue 1, Hoffenberg 3, Ruth 2, Tifft 1, Wachtell 1, Weber 4, Wenzlau 1
Assists: Butler 1, Donahue 1, Hoffenberg 4, Ruth 1, Wenzlau 1
Steals: Buchbinder 2, Lebovitz 1, Gow 2, Tifft 2, Wachtell 1, Wenzlau 1
Saves: Gow (29:30)12, Byrne (2:30) 1


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