BROOKLYN, NY. In the renewal of a rivalry that over the past decade has been as heated as any in the East, the Princeton men’s water polo team—ranked #11 in the most recent Collegiate Water Polo Association’s men’s varsity poll—will travel to Brooklyn Heights to face #13 St. Francis College at 8pm on October 11.
The Tigers (13-3), who last year joined the Terriers in the inaugural season of the Northeast Water Polo Conference, come to Brooklyn following a successful trip out West to compete in the 2017 MPSF Invitational. Splitting four matches—an 11-8 loss to #7 Long Beach State was followed by 12-11 overtime win vs. #19 Pomona-Pitzer, then a 14-7 loss to #8 UC Santa Barbara before finishing the season’s most prestigious invitational with a 15-14 win over #12 UC San Diego—the Tigers placed 11th of 16 teams.
Since returning from Los Angeles the Tigers have claimed conference wins over Harvard, MIT and Brown to go 3-0 in NWPC play and extend their winning streak to five straight.
The Terriers (6-5) have stayed close to home in fashioning a six-match win streak, including wins over conference foes Iona, Brown, MIT and Harvard, good for 4-0 in NWPC play. Since 2007 St. Francis and Princeton have faced each other ten times, with each winning five—though the Tigers have won the last four, including a 10-8 win in their first-ever visit to the St. Francis pool.