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Navy Water Polo Drops Pair at Princeton Invitational

Sept. 13, 2008

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 11th-ranked Navy water polo team had a disappointing first day at the Princeton Invitational, falling to 3rd-ranked Stanford, 13-4, and Johns Hopkins, 9-8. The losses drop Navy's record to 3-3 overall, entering tomorrow's matches against Iona and ninth-ranked UC San Diego.

The loss to Johns Hopkins marked the first time in 31 meetings that the Blue Jays had beaten the Midshipmen.

"It was a fairly disappointing day with disappointing results," said Navy head coach Mike Schofield. "Obviously, we are not very happy about losing to Johns Hopkins for the first time in 27 or so years, but hats off to them. We have a lot of things to work on obviously."

In the loss the Stanford, Schofield was pleased with the effort, but too many lapses did the Midshipmen in.

"We played fairly well with them. We wrestled, swam and defended very hard," said Schofield. "But we couldn't score or guard the goal. That was the story of the game."

Stanford led 4-0 after one period and pushed the margin to 8-2 at halftime, before coasting in the second half.

Navy got goals against the Cardinal from Zack Anderson, Luke Baldwin, Kevin Bell and Michael Mulvey. Brett Rajchel stopped three shots in goal.

In the second game of the day, the Blue Jays took advantage of man-up opportunities to defeat the Midshipmen for the first time ever. JHU went 7-of-15 in man-up chances, while Navy was just 1-of-5. Johns Hopkins led 6-5 at halftime, and held on for the victory.

"We did a poor job defending, on man-up chances, on man-down defense and just shooting the ball," said Schofield. "It was just not a good effort on our end."



Chuck Baker and Mulvey led the Mids with three goals each, while Marek Malik and Alex Kofsky netted one goal each. Rajchel made eight saves in goal.

The Mids will battle Iona at 8:00 am on Sunday and will conclude the tournament with a tilt against No. 9 UC San Diego, beginning at 3:00 pm.


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