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Nelson, Mitrovic Named to ACWPC Honorable Mention All-America Team

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 12/18/2015
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PRINCETON, N.J. – Thomas Nelson and Vojislav Mitrovic added to their growing list of postseason accolades by each earning a spot on the 2015 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-America teams.

Earning his fourth honorable mention selection, Nelson turned in a stellar senior season, racking up a team-high 72 goals to go along with 19 assists, 39 steals, 36 drawn ejections, and 11 blocks. A first-team CWPA All-Southern honoree and the division’s Player of the Year, Nelson’s 72 goals rank fourth on the program’s single-season charts.

Piecing together a career year, Nelson found the back of the opposing cage in all but two of his 27 appearances and netted at least three goals in a game on 12 occasions. A three-time Player of the Week this season, Nelson wraps up his career with 199 goals, 59 assists, 153 steals, 78 drawn ejections, and 38 blocks. Nelson’s 199 goals rank sixth in the Tigers’ record book.

Securing his second honorable mention All-America nod, Mitrovic followed up an impressive rookie season with an equally strong sophomore campaign. Posting a 20-5 overall record, Mitrovic turned away 301 of the 502 shots he faced en route to a 0.600 save percentage.

A five-time CWPA Southern Defensive Player of the Week honoree this season, Mitrovic joined Nelson as a first-team all-conference pick. Making at least 10 saves in 19 of his 25 outings, Mitrovic tied a single-game school record with 20 stops against Johns Hopkins on Nov. 8. Two weeks later, Mitrovic tied the mark with 20 saves against Harvard in the CWPA Championship semifinals (Nov. 21).

Mitrovic’s 301 saves in 2015 are the most in any single-season in program history, surpassing Gregory Stoll’s mark of 266 in 1997. Also posting the third-highest single save total in school history as a freshman (253), Mitrovic already ranks second on the Tigers’ charts in career stops with 554. Michael Merlone currently owns Princeton’s all-time save record with 732 stops from 2007-10.

Behind Nelson and Mitrovic, the Tigers posted a 22-5 overall record in 2015 en route to their ninth Southern and fourth CWPA Championship. Punching its ticket to a fourth NCAA Tournament as a varsity squad (the Tigers 1992 club team also earned an NCAA berth), Princeton finished 10th in the final CWPA Varsity Top-20 as the only non-California based institution.

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