Saturday, October 10, 2009

Men's Water Polo and Field Hockey Seek Victories on the Road

While the football team does not play this weekend, several other Princeton teams have important weekend matchups, including the No. 14 men's water polo team.

The Tigers (7-5 overall, 4-1 CWPA) are traveling to California to face a few of the nation's top-ranked teams: No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 USC and No 7. Pepperdine or No. 9 UC Irvine.
On offense, Princeton is led by senior utility Mark Zalewski, who paces the team in both shots (61) and goals (30). For his recent efforts, Zalewski was also named the CWPA Southern Player of the Week.

While the men's water polo team is in California, battling against top-ranked teams, the field hockey team will has a crucial game a bit closer to home.

After falling 3-2 in overtime to No. 1 Maryland, the Tigers (9-2 overall, 3-0 Ivy League) will attempt to rebound against American in Washington DC on Sunday afternoon.

“I know that our team is only going to get better and that Maryland is going to get better, too,” head coach Kristen Holmes-Winn said, after Wednesday evening's loss to the Terrapins. “It’s hard to predict, obviously, but one thing I can count on is that the Tigers will compete and do everything in [their] power to win. We saw where our strengths are and we definitely know what we have to get better at. That is really good information moving forward.”

If Princeton can knock off American, it should have some confidence heading into the last portion of its season, which includes matchups against Ivy League foes Brown, Harvard, Cornell and Penn.