With Palo Alto High grad Tim Wenzlau scoring two goals, the 17th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team topped 20th-ranked Bucknell, 9-6, to claim third-place at the 2010 ECAC Championship on Sunday afternoon at Harvard's Blodgett Pool.
Princeton controlled the game throughout and played very strong defensively. On the offensive side, Tommy Donahue, Tommy Parolin and Wenzlau all had two goals in the contest.
In goal, Menlo School grad Mike Merlone made six saves in the half while freshman Ben Dearborn from Sacred Heart Prep stopped 10 during the second half.
Princeton is now 5-2 overall and picked up its second win of the season over a nationally ranked team.
Princeton opened the tournament with a 6-4 victory over MIT on Saturday. Merlone had six saves while Menlo School grad Matt Hale scored once and Wenzlau had a pair of assists.
In the semifinals, Princeton dropped a 7-6 decision to unbeaten and No. 13 St. Francis. The loss snapped the Tigers' four-game win streak. SHP grad Connor Still had a goal for Princeton while Menlone had 10 goalie saves, matching his season high.
Wenzlau and Merlone were coming off a week during which they received honors from the Collegiate Water Polo Association. Wenzlau, a sophomore, was named the CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week while Merlone, a senior, was named as the league's Top Defensive Player.
Wenzlau scored 12 goals the previous weekend while Merlone had 34 saves in the same four matches as the Tigers went 3-1 to open the season.
Palo Alto High grad Trenton Hart caught four passes for 128 yards during Foothill College's 40-38 victory over College of the Sequoias on Saturday. The Owls improved to 2-0.
Palo Alto High grad Maeve Stewart, a freshman at Tufts, was honored last week as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) co-Player of the Week.
Stewart began her collegiate career by scoring all three goals in a victory over 11th-ranked Middlebury College in a conference match.
The hat trick ties the Tufts record for goals in a game. Stewart joins seven others who have accomplished the feat.