The No. 20 Princeton men's water polo team concluded the
2012 campaign with a third-place finish at the Eastern Championship, defeating
No. 17 Mercyhurst 13-9 Sunday at DeNunzio Pool.
Kurt Buchbinder led the offense with three goals, while
freshman goalie Alex Gow was solid in the cage making 11 saves. He also had two
assists and steal in the game.
Mercyhurst opened with a 2-0 run, before Billy
Tifft scored on a 6-on-5 play at 5:11 and Buchbinder evened the game at 2:20.
Princeton took its first lead with 58 seconds left in the first, with Tim
Wenzlau finding the back of the net to lift the Tigers to a 3-2 advantage.
From that point forward Princeton never relinquished its
lead, holding off Mercyhurst for the remainder of the game.
Goals from Wenzlau and Tommy Donahue at 3:39 and 2:15,
respectively, in the second quarter helped the Tigers' lead swell to 6-3.
Princeton remained in control of the game after halftime,
taking off on a 5-0 run off a pair of goals from Buchbinder. The scoring rally
spanned the third quarter and into the fourth to hold a 12-5 advantage.
The game wrapped up with Mercyhurst going on a final 2-1
Donahue, Wenzlau and Tifft each had a pair of goals apiece, and
Jamie Kuprenas, Matt Pugliese, Jack Ruth and Matt Weber each found the back of
the net once. Weber also led the team with three steals.
Wenzlau was named to the Eastern All-Tournament First Team
and Drew Hoffenberg picked up second team honors.
Princeton: 3 - 3 -
3 - 4 - 13
Mercyhurst: 2 - 1
- 2 - 4 - 9
3, Donahue 2, Kuprenas 1, Pugliese 1, Ruth 1, Tifft 2, Weber 1, Wenzlau 26
1, Butler 2, Donahue 2, Kuprenas 1, Ruth 1, Wenzlau 2
Saves: Gow 11,
Byrne (3:39) 2