PRINCETON, N.J. — The 2018 Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Champions are set to defend their title with the release of the 2019 Princeton University men’s water polo schedule.
“We are looking forward to an exciting 2019 season that will challenge us from the very beginning as we face UCLA (University of California-Los Angeles) and Stanford (University) in the first weekend of play,” said head coach Dustin Litvak.
“We will continue to be tested throughout our first month culminating in the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) Invite in Southern California, which will prepare us for the extremely competitive Northeast Water Polo Conference games, beginning in October. Every opponent this season will test us in a variety of ways as we work to improve each day and peak at the right time.”
Princeton open the 2019 season at the Navy Invitational (September 7-8) at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Tigers begin versus La Salle University and UCLA before contests against Austin College and Stanford. Stanford was the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship runner up, while UCLA reached the national semifinals.
The Tigers host the annual Princeton Invitational (September 13-15) at home in DeNunzio Pool with games versus the University of California-San Diego, Johns Hopkins University, Bucknell University and George Washington University. The week after, Wagner College and Navy come to DeNunzio on September 21. It will be the first time that former head coach Luis Nicolao returns to Princeton since leaving in 2018 to accept the position at Navy.
Litvak’s team goes to the MPSF Invite (September 27-29) in Los Angeles before going home to start the month of October. The opponents for the invite have not been announced at this time.
NWPC action gets started at DeNunzio with Harvard University (October 5), Brown University (October 6) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (October 6). The next weekend, the Tigers head to Iona College (October 12) and St. Francis College Brooklyn (October 12). Princeton travels to New York for a game at Fordham on October 19.
The squad heads back to California for the Santa Clara Invite (October 26-27) at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif. The Tigers battle San Jose State University (October 26), Loyola Marymount University (October 26), Ottawa University (October 27) and the Broncos (October 27).
NWPC road action finalizes at Brown (November 2), MIT (November 3) and Harvard (November 3). The regular season comes to a conclusion with two at home versus Iona and St. Francis Brooklyn on November 9.
The league championship will be decided on November 22-24 at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., at the NWPC Championship. The victor of the tournament receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.
Information courtesy Princeton University Athletics Communications