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#3 Thomas Nelson
Position: Center/Center Defender
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Walnut Creek, Calif.
High School: De La Salle

Thomas Nelson played in 32 games as a Princeton freshman and made an immediate impact with 34 goals, eight assists and 38 steals. His steal total led the team while his 34 goals ranked fifth overall. He also ranked third with eight assists. Nelson scored goals in five of his first six games at Princeton, netting two goals against Brown and Iona and one each against Santa Clara, Fordham and Harvard. Nelson finished the season with 11 multiple-goal games with his season-highs of three coming in both games of the NCAA Championships. Nelson netted three of Princeton's four goals in the semifinal loss to USC and then scored three more times, including the deciding goal, in Princeton's win over UC San Diego for third place. Nelson became the first Princeton player to receive first-team all-tournament honors at NCAAs. The NCAA performance finished a strong postseason run for Nelson who scored in seven of eight postseason games at Southerns, Easterns and NCAAs. He had two goals in the Southern championship game and one each in the three Eastern wins.

Nelson hails from Walnut Creek, Calif., and graduated from De La Salle High School in 2011. He led his water polo team as captain his senior year with 106 goals, 97 steals, 31 blocks and 35 assists and was voted the teams Most Valuable Player. He was named first-team All-East Bay Athletic League in 2009 and 2010, second-team North Coast Section 2009, and first-team NCS and first-team All-East Bay in 2010. Nelson helped lead the DLS team to two NCS semifinal appearances and one championship match. An All-America in both water polo and swimming in 2010, Nelson was the captain of the DLS swim team in 2011 and was an all-league performer. Nelson also was a starter on the Lamorinda water polo club that placed fourth in both the 2008 16U Junior Olympics and the 2010 18U Junior Olympics. His academic achievements include USA Water Polo Academic All-America with Outstanding Achievement for 2009 and 2010, Commended National Merit Scholar and NCS Scholar Athlete.

Career Stats

 Season GP Goals Shots Assists Steals Sprints (W-L)
Ej. Drawn
Ejections Blocks
2011 32 34 97 8 38 9-5 12 22 8
Career 32 34 97 8 38 9-5 12 22 8

   Career Highs
 3, 2 times, Most Recent vs. UC San Diego (12/4/11)
 Assists  2, 2 times, Most Recent vs. Johns Hopkins (11/5/11)
 4, vs. Johns Hopkins (11/5/11)
 Ejections Drawn
 2, 2 times, Most Recent vs. Iona (10/22/11)
 Blocks  2, at Johns Hopkins (9/2311)

Awards and Honors

- NCAA First Team All-Tournament (2011)

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