2019 New England Championships

November 3rd, 2019

The time has come – the moment that every Terrier has been waiting for… New England Championships! The winner of the tournament moves on to compete at the National Championships at Pennsylvania State University.

Heading into the tournament in 3rd seed, BUMPOLO had some making up to do. Their first game was against Tufts University. The Terriers made sure to bring focus for warmups and intensity during the game. This led to a successful 14-6 win over Tufts!

Moving forward in the bracket, BU played Dartmouth next. Third time is the charm … right? This seemed to be the case as BU pulled an early four point lead over Dartmouth. The crowd was roaring and the energy was visible. Senior Nick Rosenberger and Sophomore Hoku Eggertsen tracked some gnarly goals. Dartmouth quickly caught up and the game was even all the way until the last few plays. Senior John Li’s saves kept BU in the game. Unfortunately, this was not enough as Dartmouth clinched two final shots in the last minute, winning 9-7.

The loss to Dartmouth was devastating and unexpected for the Terriers, but they put up a great battle. Finishing off the tournament strong, BUMPOLO won their final game against Yale University 26-6.

Although the season did not finish where the BU team wanted, they are proud of the training, focus, and teamwork they put in. Thank you to the Seniors for providing skill and leadership that have defined BUMPOLO over the past 4 years- we will miss you a lot.

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2019 Boston College Tournament

October 12th, 2019

Now that’s what I’m talking about! The Terriers were lucky enough to break-in the new Boston College Pool for their second tournament of the season. BUMPOLO faced some tough teams this weekend: Tufts, Northeastern, Dartmouth, and Boston College.

The tournament kicked off with a 17-6 win over Tufts. This time, the Terriers meant business. Sophomore Johnny Salamy and Junior Pablo Kurzan showed off their swim skills in their second game against Northeastern as they won sprints and scored on fastbreaks.  Junior Max Sapoxhkov also blocked some quick corner shots. The first quarter was 7-1 BU. Since the entire BU team travelled to Boston College, everyone got to play against Northeastern. The final score was 14-11.

Unfortunately, two starters were still unable to play against Dartmouth. This left BU with less subs and stamina to keep up with Darmouth’s fast players in the second half. Some highlights of the Dartmouth game include Matt Weiser’s (Grad Student) and Nick Rosenberger’s (Senior) assortment of goals. In the end, Dartmouth won 13-7.

The final game of the BC tournament was one to remember: a competitive cross-town rivalry against Boston College. Gaining a few starters back, the Terriers were the most amped they have been all season. It also helped that the stands were filled with BU fans and the entire BU Women’s Polo team (thank you!). In fact, BU got an early 3-1 head start against BC after converting some savvy 6-on-5’s. Junior Pablo Kurzan scored several goals along with Grad student Matt Weiser. The game was back-and-forth all the way through the 3rd and 4th quarter; however, BC was able to pull away in the last minute with a score of 12-9.

Although the tournament ended with a loss, the Terriers were motivated by the teamwork and training they showed in the pool. They are looking forward to putting in even more work to hopefully win Champs!

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2019 Yale Tournament Recap

October 6th, 2019

That’s one start to the season. The Terriers had quite the weekend at Yale University, leaving with a record of 3-1. And nobody got Triple E virus so might as well say 4-1!

The Terriers took on Yale University, Dartmouth College, University of Connecticut, and Tufts University for the first tournament of the fall season. The first game against Yale University began a little shaky, but overall set a focused tone for the rest of the tournament. The game was excellent experience for starting lines to learn how to competitively work together outside of practice. When the Terriers found a way to defend Yale’s driving offense in the third quarter, they were able to pull away and win 14-8. Bringing a similar intensity to the next game, BUMPOLO had a great start in defending Dartmouth’s offensive line. At the start of the second quarter, things were looking promising for the Terriers. Unfortunately, after two BU starters got injured and removed from the game, the momentum shifted and the Terriers were not able to keep up, resulting in a 15-8 loss.

Having a night to sleep on the Dartmouth game, the Terriers were eager to make the most of their next two games against University of Connecticut and Tufts University. BUMPOLO won both games and were able to play their entire team. Although having a rocky first day, the Terriers learned how to work together and put their extra two weeks of training to use. Thank you Yale University for hosting us!

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2019 Hub on Wheels

September 15th, 2019

BUMPOLO caught some early sun on this one! The weekend after Splash, we volunteered at Boston’s 15th annual Hub on Wheels citywide ride. The Terriers had a great time helping out at one of the rest stops handing out granola bars, fruits, and water. Several enthused bikers gained a second wind after being motivated by the team members like Thor Breitbarth, Mike Xu, Sebastian Boussard, and Grayson Wiggins. Shout out to Water Lam for even helping out a couple bikers who had flat tire!

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Splish, SPLASH 2019

September 7th, 2019

Who would have thought that BUMPOLO would do it again? That’s right, BU Men’s Water Polo brought back their world-renowned calendars to SPLASH 2019!

In addition to selling over 100 calendars in two hours, the Terriers attracted 50 new members.  With the fall season being the longest on-record, everyone is eager and ready to make this our best one yet. We have started practices and well, let’s just say we will surely be ready for our first tournament this October.

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2019 UMass Amherst Invitational

What a great weekend! The Terriers competed at the UMass Invite and were hungry… they left with a 4-0 record and even some #goldmedals! With a short bench, every Terrier (and even Coach Gerard) played their fair share against teams like UVM, Coast Guard, and Northeastern. BUMPOLO saw success in every aspect of their games and made significant improvements from their last tournament at West Point. Some highlights include Brandon Coughlin’s first collegiate goal against UVM, Thor Breitbarth’s impressive fast-break goals against Coast Guard, and Super-Senior appearances from Michael Lopez and Curtis Hon against Northeastern. Wait, I almost forgot the meat of the sandwich! Both Johnny and Paul Salamy absolutely crushed it in the pool this weekend, racking in over 20 goals together!

Building off this success, the Terriers look forward to show of their skills at the Alumni Tournament on April 27th. Stay posted for more details and if you haven’t, please donate to our Giving Day fundraiser! Every donation is greatly appreciated.

Link: https://givingday.bu.edu/campaigns/friends-of-water-polo-mens55803375_1210476279129919_7637324576757645312_o

2019 BUMPOLO Merchandise Sale

Hey fellow Terriers! Do you need BUMPOLO swag? Maybe… Do you want BUMPOLO swag? Heck yes!

Go check https://bustudentfundraisers.ignitecx.com/bumpolospring19 for the hottest merch on the market. From now until March 31st, you can buy water bottles, t-shirts, and collared shirts! All proceeds will benefit BUMPOLO. Order your merch today and show off your BU team spirit at our next game!