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Undefeated No. 13 Menís Water Polo to Open Southern Division Play

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 09/19/2013
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The No. 13 Princeton men’s water polo team will look to remain unbeaten this weekend on the road. The Tigers (3-0) kick off CWPA Southern-Eastern Division play with Johns Hopkins and Navy on Saturday, Sept. 21, followed by a visit to George Washington the next day. All three teams currently are receiving votes towards a national ranking in the top-20 poll.

Weekend Schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 21 at Johns Hopkins • 12 noon • Live Streaming
Saturday, Sept. 21 at Navy • 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 at George Washington • 3 p.m. • Live Streaming

Last Time Out:
• The Tigers opened the year going a perfect 3-0 at their own Princeton Invitational from Sept. 13-15, outscoring opponents 35-20.
• Princeton opened with a 9-7 win over then-No. 16 Santa Clara live on ESPNU.
• The Tigers concluded the weekend with a 14-7 win over Harvard and an 11-6 victory versus Iona.

On Deck:
• Princeton’s road swing takes the team to California for a seven-game trip in the Los Angeles region.
• The Tigers are set to play three ranked teams in Southern California, UCLA and Long Beach State over the trip.

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Southern, CWPA and NCAA Tournaments:
• The Southern Division Championship is scheduled for Nov. 9-10 in Annapolis, Md. and the CWPA Championship will run from Nov. 22-24 in Providence, R.I.

• The NCAA Championship format has been adjusted this year, with the conference champions from the SCIAC and CWPA facing off in a Play-In Game on Saturday, Nov. 30. The Final Four will be played at Stanford from Dec. 7-8.

Rookie Debuts:
• Three of Princeton’s four newcomers made their debut last weekend, all contributing in the stat line over the Tigers' three-game opening homestand.
Curtis Fink and Jovan Jeremic each have three goals, while Lachie Kermode has dished an assist.

Nelson’s Back:
• After missing the 2012-13 academic year, sophomore All-America Thomas Nelson is back in the lineup without skipping a beat.
• He paced Princeton with three goals and five assists in its 9-7 win over then-No. 16 Santa Clara on Sept. 13.
• He finished the weekend with six goals, seven steals and two assists.

Chasing 300:
• 16th season head coach Luis Nicolao is approaching his 300th win, as he currently sits at 299-133 (.692) at the helm of the men's program. He will look to reach the milestone this weekend on the road.

Scouting Johns Hopkins:
• Johns Hopkins enters this weekend with a 7-1 record, including recording wins over club or community college teams.
• Johnny Beal leads the offense with team-highs in both goals (17) and assists (20), while Matt Fraser leads the way on the defensive end with 13 steals.
• In goal, both Danny Ovelar and Erick Henrikson have played 16 quarters apiece. Ovelar has 51 saves and allowed 41 goals, and Henrickson has 47 saves and allowed 33 goals.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus Johns Hopkins 34-4, including going 9-3 on the road.

Scouting Navy:
• Already 13 games into the year, Navy sports an 8-5 record entering Saturday’s meeting, recording victories over community college programs as well.
• Carl Dowzicky guides the offense with 22 goals. Sean McDonald and Will Weggeland have dished a squad-best 11 assists each.
• The Mids have employed seven different goalies, with Garrett Sabesky taking the bulk of the work. Over nine games, he has 69 saves, 70 goals against and a .496 saves percentage.
• Navy owns the all-time series versus Princeton 34-22, holding a 14-6 advantage in Annapolis.

Scouting George Washington:
• George Washington (6-1) hosts the Tigers after suffering its first loss of the year, 12-7, to Santa Clara at last weekend’s Princeton Invitational.
• Daniel Tyner and Brian Mojica headline the offense with 19 goals and 19 assists, respectively.
• Connor Dillion has played 23 quarters in the cage, tallying 47 saves, 46 goals against, an 8.00 goals against average and a .510 saves percentage.
• Princeton owns the all-time series versus GW 32-1, going a perfect 10-0 on the road. The lone loss to the Colonials came at a neutral site.

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