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Tifft Scores Game-Winner to Propel Men's Water Polo Past Bucknell, 10-7

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 10/06/2012
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer
Billy Tifft scored the game-winner Saturday versus Bucknell.
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After playing its last 11 games on the road in two different time zones, the No. 16 Princeton men's water polo team employed a fourth quarter rally to defeat Bucknell, 10-7, in its return to DeNunzio Pool Saturday evening. The Tigers improve to 9-8, 3-1 Southern behind the conference victory.

Drew Hoffenberg would notch a pair of goals in the first quarter, as Princeton opened the game with a 2-1 advantage.

Hoffenberg led the offense with three goals and assists apiece, while also adding three steals and drawing three ejections.

Bucknell would challenge the Tigers for control of the game, rallying back with a 3-2 second quarter to even the score, 4-4, entering halftime.

In the third quarter, freshman goalie Alex Gow came up big with four saves, as both sides would remain even, 6-6.

Gow would tally 10 saves and a steal, earning his fourth career victory.

With the end of regulation in sight entering the fourth quarter, a Tiger rally was necessary to propel them past the Bison.

Kurt Buchbinder would break the tie 16 seconds into the quarter, 7-6, but Bucknell would respond 21 seconds later. A composed Princeton side would deflect the Bison's ensuing drives, as the offense found a way to get it done. Billy Tifft converted on a 6-on-5 to score the eventual game-winner, and Tim Wenzlau and Jamie Kuprenas added insurance goals to wrap up the game.

In addition to his goal, Buchbinder had two assists and won all four sprints. Sam Butler had two steals and Kuprenas finished with a pair of goals.

The Tigers remain at home, hosting Navy and Johns Hopkins next Saturday, Oct. 13 in conference action. Princeton faces the Midshipmen at 12 noon, before squaring off with the Blue Jays at 7:30 p.m.

No. 16 Princeton: 2 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 10
Bucknell: 1 - 4 - 2 - 1 - 7

Goals: Buchbinder 1, Donahue 1, Hoffenberg 3, Kuprenas 2, Shannon 1, Tifft 1, Wenzlau 1
Assists: Buchbinder 2, Donahue 1, Hoffenberg 3, Wenzlau 1
Steals: Butler 2, Donahue 1, Gow 1, Hoffenberg 3, Kuprenas 1, Shannon 1, Weber 1, Wenzlau 1
Saves: Gow 10 
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