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

BU Home Tournament

After a disappointing winless 1st weekend at Wesleyan College, the BU Men’s Water Polo is hoping to prove themselves this weekend at their home tournament. All games will be taking place at Boston University’s Fitness and Recreation Center. Fans are encouraged to show support for their Terriers as the men duke it out with some of the best New England has to offer. The schedule for the weekend is posted below:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

12:20 Boston University vs. Middlebury College

1:30 Dartmouth College vs. Wesleyan University

2:40 Boston College vs. Yale University

4:00 Middlebury College vs. Dartmouth College

5:10 Boston College vs. Wesleyan University

6:25 Middlebury College vs. Yale University

7:30 Boston University vs. Dartmouth College

8:50 Wesleyan University vs. Yale University

Sunday, October 7, 2012

12:20 Middlebury College vs. Boston College

1:30 Boston University vs. Wesleyan University

2:40 Yale University vs. Dartmouth College

4:00 Boston University vs. Boston College

Beginning of Year News

Yesterday, marked the semi-offical start of the BU Men’s Water Polo Fall season with the beginning of the semester team meeting. Here is some quick information from the meeting in case you missed it.

Teams
This year BU will once again compete in the New England Division of the CWPA. The teams they will be competing against are as follows:
-Boston College
-Dartmouth College
-Middlebury College
-Yale University
-Wesleyan College

Officers
This year’s club officers are as follows:
President-> Kyle Schulns
Vice President-> Brian Domanowski
Secretary-> Colin O’Neill
Treasurer-> Sean Hughes


League Tournaments

Our three league tournaments will take place during the months of September and October during the following weekends:
September 22/23 @Wesleyan College
October 6/7 @Boston University
October 20/21 @Middlebury College

We will also be scrimmages in the Fitrec Diving-well on the following dates:

-9/16 vs BC
-9/30 vs Metro
-10/14 vs. Tufts

Practices

As during previous semesters we will be practicing at
Monday 7-9pm
Wednesday 7-9pm
Friday 6-8pm
Sunday 5-7pm

All practices will take place in the FitRec Diving-well.

Dues

Dues for this season will be $150. Dues cover the cost of traveling and participating in tournaments. We ask that dues be payed in either cash or check(made out to Boston University). Please give dues to our Treasurer Sean Hughes. Any questions about dues can be directed to Sean or our Vice President Brian.

Summer 2012 Updates

As someone who has always loved the freedom and promise that only the summer months seem to offer, I find it odd how much I am looking forward to this upcoming fall. Maybe it’s because Mumford and Sons is releasing a new album in September; or maybe it’s because for the first time I’m facing adulthood and working full time in an office and am ready to return to the innocence of undergraduate life; or it could even be the small unair-conditioned apartment I’ve been living during this sweltering Boston summer.

Ok… so those are all the small reasons, but the main reason I’m excited for the fall is for the start of the BU Men’s Water Polo 2012-2013 season. Coach Konrad, the team officers, and myself have been working hard the past couple of weeks to pull things together so we can start the season running. We are all stoked for the season to begin, and have just a few important updates we wanted to post, before we return to the banks of the Charles River.

The summer months began on a somber note for BU Water Polo community, when we tragically lost one of our own. At 6:00 AM on Saturday May 12, 2012, Austin Brashears lost his life in a tragic car accident, that also took the lives of two other BU Students and left five others hospitalized. Austin and the other students had been studying abroad in New Zealand at the time and were driving to visit the Tongariro Crossing, known for being the site of the filming of the Mount Doom scene in the Lord of the Rings.

Austin, a native of Huntington Beach, California, was studying mechanical engineering and minoring in energy technologies and environmental engineering. Besides being president and captain of the Men’s Water Polo team, Austin was also a 2011 Orientation Student Advisor as well as a leader in the College of Engineering Community. We will always remember Austin as not only the fiercest and most hard-working competitor to ever don BU Men’s Polo speedo, but also as a kind, light-hearted, and extremely intelligent friend who loved life and lived it to the fullest. The team has decided to dedicate the 2012-2013 season in his honor, and will be retiring his lucky 14 cap at a ceremony on Saturday October 6th from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm. We will post more details, as the ceremony draws nearer.

Austin during a time-out

The practice schedule for the 2012-2013 season has been set and will take place at the following times:

Monday: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Sundays: 5:00 pm- 7:00pm

All practices will take place in the Pool Diving Well at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation center. In addition to the practice schedule, the CWPA New England Conference Schedule has also been set. The Conference league tournaments will take place on the following weekends:

9/22-23 @ Wesleyan University
10/6-7 @ Boston University
10/20-21(Conference Championships) @ Middlebury College

The team is also in the process of scheduling pre-season scrimmages with other local club teams.

If you are an incoming first-year student, or just interested in becoming involved with the team, make sure you check us on September 2nd out at SPLASH on Nickerson Field. We will be there actively recruiting new players, answering questions, and maybe even having a catch.

Hot pic of Colin from SPLASH 2011

That’s all now, but continue to check back here for updates as the season draws nearer, and be sure to follow @BUWaterPolo for the most up to date water polo news and witticisms.

Mid-Spring Update

Remember that time Colin(Club Secretary) forgot to write a new blog post for 6 months?

Yeah, neither do I.

Well anyway, the Boston University Men’s Club Water Polo Team is more than halfway through their Spring season and as active as ever. Even though our CWPA New England Conference Season is over by November, the team has been training and working hard to improve our skills for next fall.

At the end of last semester, the club elected it’s new officers for the 2012 season. The results are as followed:

President: Austin Brashears(ENG ’13)
Vice-President: Kyle Schluns(CAS ’13)
Treasurer: Brian Domanowski(SED ’13)
Secretary: Colin O’Neill(SED ’14)

Congratulations to the new officers and good luck!

Over the weekend of January 28th-29th, the team participated in the Webster Aquatic Center Invitational. The tournament brought both collegiate and master teams from across the east coast and Canada to Rochester for a weekend of intense water polo action. Although, the team did not succeed in our goal of winning the tournament, the weekend proved to be a valuable learning experience for our young player. The tournament also proved to be major bonding weekend, as the team endured a grueling six hour drive through upstate New York.

This past Sunday (March 25th), the team hosted Northeastern for an off-season scrimmage. Thanks in part to the efforts of freshmen goalies Ron Glandian (CAS 15) and Braydon Hummeldorf (CAS 15), the Terriers were able to defeat the Huskies with a score of 11-3. David Saxon(CAS 12), Andrew Matsas(CAS 12), Jeremy Butz (SAR 11/13), and Jonathan Freedman (MED 15) all contributed goals.

The team is also planning to travel to Troy, New York over the weekend of April 14th-15th for a tournament at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

In addition to the RPI tournament, the Men’s Water Polo Team has also organized the 2nd Annual Boston University Alumni Game. The game will take place on Saturday April 28th, from 6-9PM at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center (Fitrec). All alumni and family are invited to play in two games against the current water polo teams. After the games, participants will be invited to celebrate the end of the 2011/2012 season with the current team. A donation of $10 is requested. All proceeds will benefit the men’s and women’s BU teams, and will assist with league dues, transportation costs, and equipment.

If interested, please RSVP to Kyle Schluns at kschluns@bu.edu.