#17 Water Polo Set To Compete In Princeton & Brown Invitationals This Weekend
Sept. 12, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After a strong opening weekend of play at the Navy Open, the #17 Navy Water Polo team will take its undefeated 5-0 record on the road with a pair of competitions, the Princeton Invitational and the Bruno Fall Invitational at Brown University.
Following a full-team contest versus Iona at Princeton on Friday, Sept. 13 at 8 p.m., the Mids will then split their squad for the rest of the weekend with half traveling to Providence for Brown’s Bruno Fall Invitational where they will face the likes of #18 Brown (Sept. 14), Cal Lutheran (Sept. 14), Connecticut College (Sept. 14), #3 Pacific (Sept. 15) and #12 St. Francis (Sept. 15), while the second group will stay at Princeton and compete against Harvard (Sept. 14) and #16 Santa Clara (Sept. 15).
Last Time Out
The Mids went a perfect 5-0 in their season opening weekend and outscored their opposition at the Navy Open 97 to 44. Sophomore Will Weggeland (Riverside, Calif.) and classmate Garrett Sabesky (Lakeside, Calif.) highlighted Navy’s performance in the pool as Weggeland finished with a team-high 16 goals and six assists in five games, while Sabesky made double digit saves in goal versus both Fordham (11) and Diablo Valley College (10).
All-Time Versus the Competition
Navy will look to carry over its momentum against a slate of opposition this weekend whom it has a combined 125 wins and 86.2 winning percentage against in the past …
Most Recent Meeting Iona: 42-0 (1.000) Sept. 7, 2013 ... W, 16-9 Brown: 26-18 (59.1) Nov. 18, 2012 ... L, 8-9 Cal Lutheran: N/A First Meeting Connecticut Col.: 2-0 (1.000) Sept. 15, 2012 ... W, 25-7 Pacific: 4-6 (40.0) Sept. 15, 2007 ... L, 11-15 St. Francis: 19-12 (61.3) Nov. 16, 2012 ... L, 10-14 Harvard: 26-2 (92.9) Nov. 18, 2011 ... W, 20-5 Santa Clara: 6-2 (75.0) Sept. 18, 2010 ... L, 7-11
Quoting the Coach
Coach Schofield on this weekend’s slate of competition…
“This weekend we're going to take a page out of baseball's playbook and split our squads on Saturday and Sunday. We'll all travel to Princeton for our Friday night game with Iona, then leave half the team at Princeton for some great games against quality teams, and take the other half to Brown for more of the same. All of these games will count, and both groups know that this will be a great chance for each player to step up and show what they can do under pressure. Sunday night we'll know a lot more about our team than we do today. The guys are all working hard and competing every day in practice, but as in any sport, the intensity level gets raised when you play another school that badly wants to beat you. Over the course of the weekend, we'll play four top 20 teams: Pacific, St. Francis, Santa Clara and Brown. This should be a great test for our team.”