No. 15 Menís Water Polo Captures Ivy League Championship
The 15th-ranked Princeton men’s water polo team captured the Ivy League Championship title in thrilling fashion, defeating Brown 13-12 Sunday in Philadelphia, Pa. The Tigers topped Penn, 20-15, in the semifinals to advance to the first-place contest earlier in the day.
Only the win over Brown counts towards Princeton’s overall record, improving the Tigers to 14-4 on the year, as Penn is a club program. Princeton resumes league play at home next weekend, facing George Washington on Friday, Oct. 25 and Fordham and Iona the next day.
A two-goal first quarter deficit was not enough to derail the Tigers in their semifinal victory over Penn. Down 5-3, Princeton responded with a rousing 14-7 run over the second and third quarters to put away the contest versus the host-Quakers.
Along with seeing six players record multi-goal outings, both Butler and Nelson made three steals, while goalie Tyler Amina notched 11 saves, three assists and two steals.
In a much more hostile championship game, the Tigers were forced to employ a fourth quarter rally to overcome the Bears.
Princeton opened with a 3-2 lead in the first, but Brown countered with a 4-3 run in the second quarter to knot things up six-all at halftime. The Bears’ carried over their offensive run through the third to go up 10-9.
Fink tied things up, 10-10, with 5:02 to play in regulation, but Princeton was unable to retake the lead on a man-up opportunity.
Brown responded with a goal of its own at 3:01, but it was not enough to corral control for good. Goals from Jeremic, Buchbinder and the game-winner from Nelson over the final 2:30 edged Princeton past Brown for the victory.
No. 15 Princeton: 3 – 8 – 6 – 3 – 20
Penn: 5 – 4 – 3 – 3 – 15
Goals: Nelson 4, Fink 3, Wachtell 2, Butler 3, Buchbinder 4, Jeremic 3, Kuprenas 1
Assists: Nelson 2, Galainena 2, Fink 2, Butler 2, Buchbinder 2, Jeremic 1, Amina 3
Steals: Kermode 1, Nelson 3, Galainena 2, Wachtell 1, Butler 3, Buchbinder 1, Jeremic 1, Amina 2
Saves: Amina 11
No. 15 Princeton: 3 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 13
Brown: 2 - 4 - 4 - 2 - 12
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