Scrimmage vs. Metro Masters, 9/21/14

The Men’s Water Polo team emerged victorious from a scrimmage against Metro Masters on Sunday, 9/21/14 with a score of 8-7. The game was another important stepping stone in BU’s preparations for the CWPA New England Division season.

Scoring contributions from junior Josh McDonough, medical student Curtis Hon, and senior Drew Mutafyan, all with 2 goals apiece, led the Terriers through a strong performance. Junior Kevin Chu, with BU’s lone goal in the 4th quarter, sealed the win after a tightly contested second half.

After the standard 4-quarter scrimmage, 2 additional quarters of exhibition were played, with all members of the Terriers’ squad receiving valuable game time and experience. Freshman Blake Hallisey and sophomore William Pearson each scored 1 goal during these two exhibition quarters.

Boston University’s first competitive games of the season come next weekend at the CWPA New England tournament being hosted by Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. The Terriers will take on the hosts Middlebury College, local rivals Boston College, and defending New England champions Dartmouth College on Saturday, 9/27. On Sunday, BU will face Yale University to round out the weekend.

Scrimmage vs. Boston College, 9/14/14

The BU Men’s Water Polo team lost a hard fought contest to Boston College 9-7 on Sunday, September 14. The team will look to improve upon this result as the New England Division season looms ahead.

Junior Josh McDonough opened the scoring for the game early in the first quarter with a precise lob that caught the opposing goalie out of position. Strong team defense, led by steals and interceptions from McDonough and Freshman Blake Hallisey carried BU to the end of the first quarter with a 2-1 lead.

The Eagles of Boston College held the Terriers scoreless in the second quarter, with the halftime score reading 3-2 to the visitors from BC.

The third quarter saw momentary lapses in BU’s defense lead to four goals from Boston College after the break, with the Terriers scoring two during the quarter as well.

With the fourth quarter beginning at 7-4 to the Eagles, seniors Drew Mutafyan and Avery Watterworth set out to reverse the Terriers’ fortunes by scoring three important goals; however, Boston College added two during the last period to bring the final score to 9-7.

Also contributing to the scoring for Boston University were graduate student Curtis Hon and senior George Skoufalos.

SPLASH 2014

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BU Men’s and Women’s Water Polo took it to Nickerson Field today to announce ourselves to the BU community and Class of 2018.

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Everyone involved had a whole lot of fun, including goalie Tom Willwerth, who manged to make a few friends throughout the day.

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Even Dean Elmore got in to the action and showed off his guns with the team!

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Here, Rhett the Terrier shows his love to his favorite BU Club Sport!

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A big thank you to everyone involved, and even bigger thanks to those who signed up for the club!

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Back In Action!

Summer is over and another school year is upon us! With that, of course, comes another season of competition for BU Men’s Water Polo. After a long summer of training from our team members all over the country, we’re back at it on campus gearing up for a fiercely contested season of competition in the CWPA New England Division. Check out the “Schedule” tab for tournament dates and locations. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming events, meetings, and scrimmages!

Counting Down the Days

Hard to believe that the summer is almost over. Our men have been working hard this summer and we’re hungry for water polo!
A few important dates coming up for all returners and new players interested:

September 2: Club Sports Expo, 12-3 @ FitRec, 915 Commonwealth Ave
If you are interested in joining please stop by, we can’t wait to meet you!

Club Expo @ FitRec!

September 5: First Team Meeting, Time and Place TBD. Be on the lookout!

September 8: First Official Team Practice, Be on the pool deck by 4PM – don’t forget your speedo!

We welcome all and look forward to meeting you!
Let’s Go, Boston University Men’s Water Polo!

GO BUMPOLO!

If you have any questions, please e-mail bumpolo14@gmail.com

NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship 2013

BUMPolo at the NCAAs!

The NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship took place on May 10-12, 2013 at Harvard University. Eight teams participated, six of which were conference champions from the MPSF, WWPA, SCIAC, CWPA, MAAC, and Big West, joined by two at-large bids.

With the conclusion of final exams, members of the Boston University Men’s Water Polo team spent the day at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool experiencing a display of top-notch water polo.

The first game of the day was for seventh place between Pomona-Pitzer and Iona. It was a tightly contested match as points were traded back and forth. A winner was not decided until the very end when a player from Pomona-Pitzer unleashed a devastating buzzer-beater to seal the victory. Final Score: 13 – 12 (Pomona-Pitzer)

The excitement continued in game two, where Princeton and UCSD fought for fifth place. UCSD had led for majority of the game but Princeton staged an excellent comeback that was unanswered by UCSD. Final Score: 12- 10 (Princeton)

The competition heated in the third place game between Hawaii and UCLA. While UCLA finished on top by a sizable margin, it was a fierce battle nonetheless. Hawaii demonstrated exquisite ball-handling skills with quick, clean passes. Hawaii’s number 5 led the team with five astonishing goals. While UCLA did come out on top, Hawaii had the last laugh as a skillfully placed lob met the back of UCLA’s net at the final second. Final Score: 13 – 8 (UCLA)

The championship game between No.1 USC and No.2 Stanford was an absolute thriller that kept everyone on the edge of their seats through to the FIFTH overtime period. Stanford stole the early lead with two goals to end the first quarter at 2-0. At half, Stanford maintained the two goal lead and was still ahead after the third quarter. USC had managed to pull ahead for a one goal advantage in the fourth quarter. So, with the clock ticking down in the final possession, Stanford drew an ejection for a man-up opportunity. A first attempt was made as a pass from the wing connected with a backhand redirect from the post. The goalie handled this as the ball was knocked out of bounds. Stanford maintained composure, working the ball around the perimeter. In the last seconds of the game, the ball found its way inside again but this time to the back of the net. Tie game.
As if the game had not been close enough, the winner of this game remained undecided even after the double overtime periods. It was not until the fifth overtime (sudden death) that USC snatched the victory on a shot off of a foul.

An exciting day and a wonderful learning experience – the NCAA championship at Blodgett Pool was an absolute treat. Please visit the Media page for clips from the championship game!

To Metro We Go

The Sun Sets On the Way to METRO

As the spring season wraps up and finals wind down, we are greeted with sunshine and warm breezes. Summer is coming…along with MORE WATER POLO!
Locals on the Boston University Men’s Water Polo team look forward to practicing with the Metro Water Polo team in Cambridge this summer.
While Club Sports and affiliated programs are not officially running during the summer, rest assured the BUMPolo men will be working hard.
And remember, please contact us with any questions regarding the upcoming Fall 2013 season at bumpolo14@gmail.com !!

Special Olympics Swim Meet!

Colin and Curtis at the Special Olympics Swim Meet!

For the fourth consecutive year, Boston University hosted the Massachusetts Special Olympics North Section Aquatics State Games Qualifier at FitRec this past Saturday.

The event, organized by BU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, featured 300 Special Olympic athletes from different swim teams across the region. Members of the Boston University Men’s Water Polo team were among many of the student-athletes who assisted in everything from setting up for the event to recording the official times of the swimmers and handing out medals.

It was an absolute joy to be apart of such a wonderful event. The competitors are truly inspirational and it was such a pleasure to witness their smiles, friendliness, and competitive spirit. The Boston University Men’s Water Polo team is excited to be apart of next year’s Special Olympics again!

Austin Brashears Invitational Wrap-Up

When we initially decided to put together this tournament, our goal was to create a competitive end of the year tournament that would pay honor to our teammate Austin, and perhaps raise some money for the scholarship fund that had been created his name. Unfortunately, the dates for the tournament were too close to finals for most of the teams we invited to compete, but in the end it was still a weekend of competitive water polo, friendship, and most importantly remembering a great friend whom the BU Water Polo will never forget.

For the BU Men’s team, the tournament opened on Saturday with a game against the BU Men’s Alumni Team. For the first time in memory, the Alumni Team actually fielded a team larger than the regular club team. Despite the Alumni Team’s size advantage in numbers (and waist) the Terriers were able to best their predecessors by 15-4. Captain Curtis Hon lead the team in goals, with contributions by Sean Hughes and Josh McDonough.

Next, BU faced their B-line rivals Boston College. In what quickly became a heated defensive battle, the Terriers and Eagles constantly traded leads. Down three-goals in the final few minutes of the last quarter, BU fought back furiously to the last second. Unfortunately, Boston College was able to hold-on and beat BU 11-10. Even though they were sadden by the loss, the Terriers took the competitive match as a sign of great improvement and a marker for what needs to be fixed for the fall.

On Sunday, BU lost two physical games against local Boston master water polo team, Metro. Always looking for ways to improve, BU took the games as learning experiences and used the games as a chance to learn from much more experience players, as well as another opportunity to play the game we love.

The team would like to thank the Brashears, Jamie Drahos, fellow alumni, Fitrec Aquatics, the Women’s Water Polo team, and everyone else who helped us put this tournament together. We would never have been able to do this without all of you.

We would also like to thank our seniors Kyle Schulns, Brian Domanowski, Andreas Kapfhammer, as well as our graduating graduate student Jeremy Butz for all of their years of dedication to BU Water Polo.


Finally, a big thank you to Kelia Cowan for taking these amazing photographs – more will soon be available at the following link!

The Austin Brashears Invitational

Boston University Men’s and Women’s Water Polo hosts the first ever Austin Brashears Invitational in honor of our dear and remembered friend Austin Brashears.
On the Men’s side, the BU men take on Boston College, a Boston Mixed team, and the formidable power-house Metro Water Polo. The Women face MIT, Boston College, and the Masters team.
Both teams welcome back our alumni with alumni games on Saturday at 4:20pm for the ladies and 5:20pm for the men.
Please find a biography of Austin at the following link: Retired Cap#14 – Austin Brashears
Stay tuned for results and updates, hope to see you all there!

Austin Brashears Invitational