Friday, December 5, 2008

365 Days and Counting Down

This weekend at Stanford, the NCAA men's water polo championship will be contested between USC, Navy, Loyola Marymount and Stanford, which reminded TigerBlog that exactly a year from now, Princeton's DeNunzio Pool will play host to the championship event.

Princeton has appeared in two NCAA tournaments, most recently in 2004 when the championship was also held at Stanford. That year Princeton dropped a pair of heartbreakers, losing to UCLA in overtime in the first game and dropping a one-goal decision to Loyola Marymount in the third-place game. Princeton came within a half of representing the CWPA in this season's tournament, before Navy rallied in the second half of the Eastern championship game.

DeNunzio Pool will become the third Princeton facility to host an NCAA championship event. The 1975 and 1981 NCAA wrestling championships were hosted at Jadwin Gymnasium and were both won by Iowa. Princeton also hosted the NCAA women's lacrosse championship at Princeton Stadium in 2004, which was won by Virginia. Several other facilities at Princeton have hosted early round NCAA tournament events in sports including field hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball and cross country. Already this year, Princeton has hosted an NCAA Play-In Game in field hockey and the Mid-Atlantic Regionals for cross country.

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