Paly grad Wenzlau helps Princeton men's polo team

He scores 12 goals as Tigers go 3-1 in their own tournament

Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau scored 12 goals to help nationally No. 18-ranked Princeton open its men's water polo season with a 3-1 record at the Princeton Invitational last weekend.

After going scoreless in an 11-5 loss to Cal Baptist to open the tourney, Wenzlau scored five goals in an 11-9 upset of No. 13 Santa Clara, added two in a 9-5 victory over Fordham and finished the two-day event with five goals in a 14-9 triumph over Harvard.

Trailing Harvard by 7-6, Wenzlau scored to tie the game start a five-goal run by the Tigers. Menlo School grad Mike Merlone had eight saves in goal for the winners.

In the win over Santa Clara, Princeton fell behind 2-0 with less than 90 seconds gone before the Tigers rallied. Freshman Connor Still from Sacred Heart Prep tied the match at 2 for Princeton. Wenzlau, a sophomore, scored the second of his five goals to give the Tigers a 5-3 advantage in the second quarter. After the teams went into halftime tied at 6, Wenzlau scored to start the third quarter and Princeton never trailed. Merlone had 10 saves for the winners.

In the win over Fordham, Wenzlau provided two goals while Menlo School grad Matt Hale added one. Hale also had two goals in the loss to No. 17 Cal Baptist. Merlone led the team with three assists. He played three quarters before SHP grad Ben Dearborn replaced him and made six saves in 6:35 of the fourth quarter. One of the saves was on a five-meter penalty shot.

Harvard, coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis, went 1-3 and now stands at 2-4 on the season. Harvard lost to Santa Clara, 17-3, and beat George Washington, 9-8, on Sunday, in addition to losing to Princeton and Cal Baptist (15-12) on Saturday.

"We learned a lot of lessons today," said Minnis. "We exerted a lot of energy yesterday (and) played a tough game against Princeton."

Menlo-Atherton High grad Alexander Popp, Harvard's junior goalie, had eight saves in the win over George Washington.

"I think we learned a lot of lessons this weekend and we're growing as a group and as a team," Minnis said. "It was good weekend."

Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Whittam scored three goals to pace Johns Hopkins to an 8-3 win over Iona in another Princeton Invitational match.

Women's soccer

Freshman Maeve Stewart from Palo Alto started her collegiate career with a hat trick to lead the Tufts University Jumbos to a 3-0 NESCAC victory over the 11th ranked Middlebury College Panthers in women's action at Kraft Field on Saturday afternoon in Somerville, Mass.

Senior co-captain Carrie Wilson had the ball in the back and put a pass through to Stewart, who beat her defender and blasted a shot to the lower left corner past the keeper to open the scoring for the Jumbos in the 10th minute.

Stewart added her second of the contest just 1:36 into the second half of action. She collected a volley pass from junior Lauren O'Connor, beat her defender and chipped a shot. A little less than nine minutes later, Stewart added her third of the contest. Junior Jamie Love-Nichols made a move on the endline to beat her defender and fed Stewart at the six-yard box and she chipped a shot into the open net. Sarah Nolet from Los Altos High would have given Tufts a 4-0 lead, but had her penalty shot blocked.

Women's volleyball

Gunn High grad Teresa Skelly and Castilleja grad Taylor Docter helped Harvard go 1-3 at the Fordham Invitational during the weekend in the Bronx, N.Y.

After compiling a 1-1 record on the opening day, Harvard dropped decisions to Stony Brook and Syracuse on Saturday and fell to 2-5 overall this season.

Against Stony Brook, Skelly had five blocks. In the loss to tourney champion Syracuse, Docter chipped in with three blocks.

On Friday, Harvard lost to Fordham in three games but posted a 3-1 victory over Rider. Docter led the Crimson with 12 kills and two aces against Fordham while Skelly hit .538 with seven kills and a team-high five blocks. Against Rider, Docter provided 11 kills and 12 digs.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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