Former preps take a shot at NCAA water polo field


Nationally No. 16 Navy scored four unanswered goals in the second half to break open a one-goal game and defeat the 15th-ranked Princeton men's water polo team, 10-5, on Sunday in the Southern Championship game at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Ben Dearborn made 11 saves in three-plus quarters of action for Princeton (19-9), which had defeated Navy in its two regular-season meetings this season. Menlo School grad Jack Finch plays for Navy while Paly grad Tim Wenzlau, SHP grad Connor Still and Gunn grad Kevin Zhang play for Princeton.

Princeton will have the No. 2 Southern seed at the CWPA Eastern Championships, which will be played from Nov. 18-20 at Harvard.

In the CWPA Northern Championships this past weekend, Brown fell to St. Francis College, 10-9, in five overtimes -- the last three in sudden death.

Brown, with senior Toby Espinosa from Menlo School, qualified for the Eastern Championships. The Bears won their semifinal, 18-9 over Harvard. Atherton's Grant Villeneuve had three goals while Espinosa had five assists and two steals.

Also advancing are Harvard, coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis and featuring John Holland-McCowan from Menlo. Harvard finished fourth at the Northern Championships.

Also advancing to the Eastern championship are Bucknell, with Paly grad Ken Wattana, and Johns Hopkins, with SHP grad Alex Whittam. Johns Hopkins (16-14) dropped a 10-4 decision to top-seeded Princeton and a 10-7 match to Bucknell in the third-place match at the Southern Championships. Whittam, a junior, had a goal against Princeton.

Dearborn went the distance in goal against Johns Hopkins and made 15 saves, including five in the first and third quarters. Wenzlau and Still each had a goal for the Tigers.

Menlo-Atherton grad Alexandre Popp was a standout for Harvard as he had 13 blocks in a 13-11 loss to Iona in the third-place match. He also had 13 stops in two earlier matches.

Women's volleyball

Swarthmore College (Pa.) junior Allison Coleman from Palo Alto High has been named to the All-Centennial Conference second team. Coleman led the team in assists (1,000) and assists per game (9.80), with the total assists breaking the school's previous single-season record of 949.

Coleman registered 79 percent of the team's assists this season and, Oct. 25, she personally out-assisted Bryn Mawr College, 34-18. Currently, Coleman is in second place on the school's all-time list for career assists with 2,439.

On the other side of the country, Coleman's younger sister, Megan, earned first-team honors on the All-SCIAC squad.

Megan, a freshman libero out of Palo Alto High, was one of three players from Claremont Mudd Scripps to earn first-team all-league honors. In SCIAC action, Coleman had 229 digs in 14 matches and controlled the backcourt with her speed and versatility. For the season, she had more than 400 digs. She helped Paly to the CIF Division I state title last season.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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