Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 25, 2011

Sports Shorts

LOCAL COLLEGIANS . . . With Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn playing a starring role in the cage, the 19th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team captured its second CWPA Eastern Championship in the past two seasons with a 10-7 win over Navy on Sunday afternoon in Cambridge, Mass. Princeton (22-9) never trailed in the victory as the Tigers claimed the CWPA's bid to the NCAA Championships in two weeks in Berkeley. Dearborn stymied Navy in goal with 14 saves in the game. His performance included five saves in the momentum-shifting third quarter that saw Princeton take an insurmountable four-goal lead. Drew Hoffenberg led the Tigers with three goals while Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau added one goal and one assist. Wenzlau's goal gave Princeton a 1-0 lead with 6:11 left in the first quarter.

At the tournament's conclusion, three Tigers were selected to the Eastern All-Tournament Team. Dearborn and Hoffenberg were named to the first team while Wenzlau was a second-team selection. Princeton now advances to the NCAA Championships at Cal. It will be Princeton's fourth NCAA appearance and second in the past three seasons. Host Harvard, coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis, finished seventh following a 13-10 win over Iona. Menlo School grad John Holland-McCowan scored a goal for Harvard and tallied four times in a 13-11 overtime loss to Bucknell in the semifinals. He also scored in a 20-5 first-round loss to Navy. St. Francis finished third with a win over Brown, which saw Menlo School grad Toby Espinosa play his final college game. Bucknell was fifth following a 15-8 win over Johns Hopkins. Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Whittam of Johns Hopkins was named to the All-CWPA Southern Division Second Team.

CARDINAL CORNER . . . Former Stanford cross-country and track standout Kate Niehaus has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Niehaus finished her track eligibility last spring as she was pursuing her master's degree in bioengineering. The Columbia, S.C., native earned a bachelor's degree in biomechanical engineering in 2010 and a master's degree in bioengineering in 2011 — both at Stanford. Her class and research work focused on biomechanics and her interests lie in its applications to high technology entrepreneurship. She plans to pursue a doctorate of philosophy in systems approaches to biomedical science at Oxford. Niehaus was a member of the 2006 and 2007 NCAA title cross-country teams for Stanford and a national qualifier on the track at 5,000 meters. She won the 2010 MPSF title in the indoor 5,000 meters and earned the NCAA Elite 88 Award for having the top GPA at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

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