Water Polo Travels to New Jersey for Princeton Invitational
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy water polo team ventures away from Annapolis for its first road trip of the season as the Midshipmen are set to play in the 2017 Princeton Invitational this weekend in Princeton, N.J. The Mids will play Wagner (8:00 a.m.) and St. Francis Brooklyn (8:45 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 9, before concluding play on Sunday afternoon against Santa Clara (2:45 p.m.).
Navy enters the weekend with a 5-2 overall record after an impressive showing in the annual Navy Open. Wagner, who is receiving votes in the College Water Polo Association national poll, is 1-3, while No. 18 St. Francis Brooklyn enters the weekend with an 0-4 mark and Santa Clara is 0-1. Wagner leads the all-time series with Navy, 2-1, while the Mids hold a 21-13 advantage on St. Francis Brooklyn and a slight 6-5 edge on Santa Clara in the all-time series.
Last weekend, the Mids began play against No. 18 George Washington, falling 15-11. The Midshipmen rebounded on day one of the Navy Open with victories against Cal Lutheran (W, 12-8) and Salem International (W, 16-9). On day two of the tournament, Navy posted a 23-5 victory over La Salle, before batting hard, but falling short against No. 11 Princeton (L, 17-11). The Mids split the squad and picked up a pair of wins against Iona (W, 9-8) and Gannon (W, 13-10) to close out the tournament.
In the tournament, the Midshipmen used a balanced attack to generate 95 total goals. Twenty-four different players scored goals on the weekend with every position player on the team recording at least one point. Senior Jared Castillo (League City, Texas) and plebes Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) and Andrew Shashin (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) led the team with nine goals apiece. Castillo led the way on day one with eight goals, while Shashin and Lee paced the team on day two with seven and six goals apiece, respectively.
Defensively, the Mids used a trio of goalies on the weekend -- Francis Kim (Houston, Texas), Brandon Shields (Lake Forest, Calif.), and Ronan Williams (Severna Park, Md.). All three backstops picked up at least one victory on the weekend, with Kim and Williams each being credited with two wins apiece. In addition, junior Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.) posted a team-high 11 steals over the weekend.