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Princeton Invitational Next for Men's Water Polo

Max Eliot leads the Crimson with four goals this season (Gil Talbot).

The Crimson men's water polo team heads south to Princeton, N.J., for four games in the two-day Princeton Invitational Sept 10-11. Harvard will square off against George Washington and No. 17 Princeton on Saturday before facing Johns Hopkins and Fordham on Sunday.

Schedule
Sept. 10
12:45 p.m. vs. George Washington
5:45 p.m. at No. 17 Princeton

Sept. 11
9:10 a.m. vs. Johns Hopkins
12:40 p.m. vs. Fordham

Complete Princeton Invitational Schedule

Watch From Home
 Fans have the opportunity to watch Saturday night’s game between Harvard and Princeton live via Princeton’s pay-per-view website, GoPrincetonTigers.tv.

Popp – Player of the Week
Senior Alexandre Popp was named the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 6 after leading the Crimson to a 1-1 record at the MIT Invitational. Popp made 18 saves during the two-game invitational, including 13 against Cal Baptist. 

Click here for the full release on Popp's Player of the Week award.

About Harvard
The Crimson went 1-1 at last weekend's MIT Invitational. The squad opened the year with a win over the host Engineers, 13-5. In game two, the Crimson lost to No. 17 Cal Baptist, 13-9.

Harvard went 1-2 at the tournament in 2010 and is 4-10 since 2002.

Junior Max Eliot leads the team with four goals while sophomore William Roller and senior Luka Babic have chipped in three apiece.

About George Washington
Harvard will open the Princeton Invitational with a George Washington team that is riding a three game winning streak. After losing to No. 20 Concordia (Calif.) to start the year, GW rebounded with wins over Penn State Behrend, Notre Dame (Ohio) and Fordham at the Navy Labor Day Open. The 3-1 start is the team’s best since 2006.

The Colonials’ Daniel Tyner scored 14 goals on just 18 shots last weekend.

About Princeton
The Tigers were ranked No. 16 in the CWPA preseason poll but fell to No. 17 after being idle through the first week of the season. Princeton returns its top four goal scorers from 2010 when the Tigers finished 19-8 overall and were CWPA Southern Division champions.

Princeton will be without returner Jeff Cole for the 2011 season as the co-captain is suffering from a reoccurring shoulder injury.

About Johns Hopkins
Like George Washington, the Blue Jays opened 2011 with a 3-1 record at the Navy Labor Day Open with their only loss coming to No. 20 Concordia (Calif.). Johns Hopkins recorded wins over Vanguard, Diablo Valley and Iona at the tournament.

Kielan Crow had 11 goals and Alex Whittman and Ross Schofield added 10 to lead the Blue Jays.

About Fordham
The Rams are 2-2 on the season after splitting four games at the Navy Labor Day Open. Fordham picked up wins against Mt. St. Antonio and Penn State Behrend while falling to Mercyhurst and George Washington.

Freshman Eric Minowitz was named the CWPA’s Northern Division Rookie of the Week after tallying six goals and five steals in four games. Minowitz’s six goals are one behind team leader Jack Bakas’ seven.

Up Next
Harvard will travel to Annapolis, Md. for the North vs. South tournament Sept. 16-17. The Crimson is set for two challenging matches on Friday against No. 16 Bucknell at 1:30 p.m. and No. 15 Navy at 7:30 p.m. The team will finish the tournament with Gannon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.