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