Menís Water Polo Remains Unbeaten in Southern Play, Bests Bucknell 14-9
Paced by three goals apiece from Kurt Buchbinder and Jovan Jeremic and a well-executed defensive effort, the No. 13 Princeton men’s water polo team defeated Bucknell, 14-9, Sunday afternoon at DeNunzio Pool. The win preserves Princeton’s undefeated Southern Division record, while improving the Tigers to 11-3, 4-0 Southern on the year.
Goalie Ben Dearborn limited the Bison to only four goals over his three quarters of work, including a shutout first. The senior had 10 saves in the winning effort to move to 6-1 on the season.
Thomas Nelson scored twice and Jeremic added the first of his trio in the first quarter, setting up a 7-0 run over the first two periods for the Tigers.
Dearborn nearly had a pair of shutout quarters to open the game, but Bucknell connected with 1:05 left in the first half to send Princeton into the break with an 8-1 advantage.
Princeton maintained its momentum through the second half, extending its lead to 11-4 in the third quarter.
Tyler Amina took over duties in the cage in the fourth, making two saves and a steal.
The Tigers finished with eight steals in the match, led by Buchbinder and Galainena’s pair each.
The Tigers will remain at home next weekend hosting Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m. and Navy at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.
No. 13 Princeton: 5 – 4 – 1 – 2 – 14
Bucknell: 0 – 1 – 4 – 5 – 9
Goals: Nelson 2, Galainena 1, Butler 1, Shannon 1, Hoffenberg 2, Buchbinder 3, Jeremic 3, Kuprenas 1
Assists: Nelson 3, Galainena 1, Fink 1, Hoffenberg 3, Kuprenas 3
Steals: Nelson 1, Galainena 2, Butler 1, Buchbinder 2, Kuprenas, Amina 1
Saves: Dearborn (24:00) 10, Amina (8:00) 2