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The Boston University Mens Water Polo Team is a student run club program. The team competes against other teams in the New England Division of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA). Questions? Contact us at bumpolo@bu.edu or show up to one of our practices.

BUMPolo Home Tournament Re-Cap

And just like that, the weekend is over! BUMPolo had a very eventful start to the season over the weekend facing the top two teams in the league, Boston College and Dartmouth. After playing  very close first halves in both games, Dartmouth and BC  were able to open up a lead in the third and fourth quarters to win the match over BU. They were tough back to back losses, but went  back to the drawing board with an extra touch of motivation. 
In the final game of the night, BU took a victory over Middlebury, with a decisive win 12-4. 

BUMPolo played a very tight game with Northeastern to wrap up the tournament weekend. The match was tied until halfway through the fourth quarter where BU scored back to back goals to take a one point lead. With two minutes remaining, Northeastern came back hard and tied the game. Northeastern scored the game winning goal in the last 60 seconds of play – leaving BUMPolo with a 1-3 record for the opening weekend. We have learned our strengths and weaknesses from this past weekend and look forward to sharpening up all our skills over the next two weeks before we head to Yale for our second tournament of the season.

First Week of Practice Off to a Flying Start!

The BU Men’s Water Polo team had a record setting week as 25 new players to the team came to the first official practice of the season. Among them are student athletes from Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, California, Florida and many other locations around the country! The recruitment table at SPLASH did an outstanding job. 14212722_1145231812179485_3987004923587926465_n

New Head Coach Gerard LaFond has taken over the team and has been whipping all players back into tip-top shape as our first tournament comes closer. We have a lot of talented and hard working athletes on the squad this year, so be sure to come out and watch us play at our home tournament September 24th and 25th at The BU Fitrec! Stay tuned for more information with times and brackets in the next few days.

Prepare for Fall 2016!

With a few weeks remaining until the first day of classes at Boston University, the Men’s Water Polo team is currently hard at work planning, organizing, and training in preparation for another successful season.

Important dates to keep in mind:

9/10/2016, 12PM: Splash @ Nickerson field
Come find us!

9/11/2016, 7PM: Pool Classroom @ FitRec – Team Meeting

9/12/16, 6:45: Tryouts/First Practice @ FitRec Pool

We are excited to meet all of our newcomers and look forward to a successful season!

New England Division Tournament 10/11-12 Results

The Terriers traveled to Yale University on the weekend of October 10-11 for the second New England Division tournament of the season, where they would take on UConn, Dartmouth, Boston College, and Yale.

BU’s game against UConn featured a quick 5-0 lead for the Terriers established in the 1st quarter largely due to the defensive diligence of freshman Austin Vargas and sophomore Andy McClung. Throughout the rest of the game, new players and seasoned veterans alike peppered the UConn goal with shots, many of them reaching their destination. The 14-2 final score accurately reflected BU’s ability to counterattack and work the ball around the offense.

BU’s second game featured the Terriers taking on Dartmouth College. Despite strong team defensive play, Dartmouth was able to capitalize on mistakes and turnovers to establish a first half lead, which they built on throughout the second half, leading to a final score of 16-6.

The third game for BU brought rivals Boston College face-to-face with the Terriers for a third time this season. As in previous games, BC’s depth in offensive firepower proved too much for BU, despite marked improvement in team play by the Terriers from previous games. A 12-4 victory for Boston College was a fair result for both sides.

BU’s last game of the tournament brought BU together with Yale, which produced an instant classic not soon to be forgotten. The first half saw the Terriers establish a 5-2 lead, but Yale finished the half with a strong comeback effort; the half finished at 6-6. In the second half, the lead went back and forth constantly between the two sides. A tense 4th quarter saw senior Joshua McDonough explode with 5 goals, but it wasn’t enough to hold the Bulldogs of Yale off, and regulation time ended at 12-12. Two overtime periods of 3 minutes each were then played, which still wasn’t enough to separate the two teams, as the scoreboard read 13-13. A final period of sudden death overtime saw Yale score within two minutes, which brought this marathon of a game to a close. It was a heartbreaking finish for the BU Terriers, but an incredible game and valuable learning experience.

New England Division Tournament Results

Boston University Men’s Water Polo hosted the first CWPA New England Division tournament this past weekend, September 26th and 27th. Middlebury College, Yale University, Dartmouth College, Boston College, and the University of Connecticut were all in attendance, and each team played 4 games against a selection of the competitors.

The Terriers first game of the weekend was against Middlebury College, which ended in a 14-8 victory for BU. The game was closely and tensely contested through 3 quarters, but a 7-0 shutout 4th quarter from the Terriers saw the team through to victory.

The second game of the weekend saw BU take on Dartmouth, who the Terriers defeated for the first time ever at last year’s New England Championships. A standout performance from junior goalie Thomas Willwerth wasn’t quite enough for BU this year, as Dartmouth took this game 10-5.

Sunday’s first game pitted BU vs. UConn, which the Terriers would go on to win 14-2. Many new players saw game action, with goals coming in from inexperienced players and seasoned veterans alike.

The last game of the weekend was the latest edition of the B-Line Rivalry with Boston College, but the Eagles proved too strong for BU this time, winning 15-2. The Terriers fought and kept things close in the 1st half, but Boston College took the game out of reach throughout the 2nd half.

The men of Boston University will continue to train and prepare for the next New England Division tournament, which will take place at Yale University on October 10th and 11th.

9/13 Scrimmage Round Robin Results

The Terriers faced the Eagles of Boston College in their first scrimmage of the season on Sunday, September 13. After two weeks of tough physical conditioning, BU was ready for the challenge, but never matched BC’s intensity and physicality during the game. The first 3 quarters of the game saw the Eagles establish and steadily increase their lead, with many goals coming off quick counterattacks that split the defense and left junior Thomas Willwerth exposed. The 4th quarter, however, saw senior Joshua McDonough and sophomore Blake Hallisey come alive, leading the Terriers to a 5-0 shutout quarter. The 18-5 final score was indicative of the incisive BC offense and the situational defensive work that needs to be practiced by BU.

Many new players, including those with no prior water polo experience, were given game time during the scrimmage vs. Boston College. This game was a great first experience for these players and returning players alike, and it highlights the work that still needs to be done for BU.

Boston University’s second scrimmage of the season came later in the afternoon on Sunday, September 13 vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The newly formed WPI team showed great team spirit throughout the afternoon, and BU learned valuable game lessons after its scrimmage with BC, which were applied in the game against WPI. Senior Joshua McDonough and sophomore Blake Hallisey once again led the scoring for the Terriers, with contributions also coming from the whole complement of the team. The final score of 15-9 was a fair reflection of BU’s explosive 2nd and 3rd quarters, with WPI pulling a few goals back in the 4th quarter.

The Terriers will return to the pool this week for more conditioning work, with more time devoted to game drills and scrimmaging in the near future.

Gearing Up for Fall

With only two weeks remaining until the first day of classes at Boston University, the Men’s Water Polo team is currently hard at work planning, organizing, and training in preparation for another successful season.

Important dates to keep in mind:

9/5/2015, 12PM: Splash @ Nickerson field
Come find us!

9/6/2015, 7PM: Pool Classroom @ FitRec – Team Meeting

9/9/15, 6:45: Tryouts/First Practice @ FitRec Pool

Brace yourselves, water polo season is coming.

History-Making Finish for Terriers

BU Men’s Water Polo finished their season in historical fashion with their best ever finish, earning 2nd place in New England.

The weekend began with the 3rd-seeded Terriers defeating the 6th-seeded Wesleyan Cardinals 9-5. It wasn’t the best performance, but it was enough to see BU through to the semifinal match against defending New England champions Dartmouth College.

The match against Dartmouth was a tense, nail-biting affair, which saw the Terriers grab an early lead and fight relentlessly to hold on to it. BU never lost its lead, but Dartmouth hung tough the entire game, and the game ended 8-7. The win vs. Dartmouth was BU’s first victory over the Big Green in program history, and guaranteed BU a spot in the championship game for the first time.

The championship game was another edition of the B-Line rivalry, with BU facing the undefeated Eagles of Boston College. Boston College grabbed the lead off a penalty shot, and scored their next two goals on 6-on-5 powerplay opportunities. After a hard-fought 1st half, the score read 4-2 in BC’s favor. The second half saw BC take further advantage of powerplay opportunities, with 5 of their 9 total goals coming from man-advantages. The final score read 9-2 in favor of BC, but the Terriers left with their heads held high after a tough performance and history-making weekend.

Busy Weekend for the Terriers

The Men’s Water Polo team continued a recent trend of successful weekends with victory in another scrimmage and volunteering experience alongside the BU Women’s Water Polo team.

On Friday, October 3rd, BU hosted Northeastern University for a friendly scrimmage at BU’s FitRec Center. Highlights include: 5 goals for graduate student Curtis Hon, 4 goals netted by freshman Blake Hallisey, and a hat trick (3 goals) from senior George Skoufalos. A standout 2nd quarter featuring 4 blocks and an assist from senior goalie Ron Glandian helped the Terriers forge a lead, and a combined team effort from everyone on the squad saw the Terriers through to victory. Final score: Boston University 18 – Northeastern University 13.

On Saturday, October 4th, members of the club teamed up with counterparts from the women’s team to cheer on and volunteer at the 3rd Annual Run Like an Antelope 5K, benefitting Metastatic Breast Cancer Research conducted at UMASS Medical School. The early drive out to Worcester, MA was worth it, as everyone involved had a good time supporting a great cause.

Tournament Success for the Terriers

The Men’s Water Polo came out undefeated from their first New England Division tournament of the season, posting wins over Middlebury College, Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the University of Connecticut.

Medical student Curtis Hon led the Terriers in scoring through the first game, posting 3 goals in an 11-6 win over Middlebury. Freshman Blake Hallisey contributed 4 steals on defense to keep BU on top.

Hallisey continued his breakout weekend in BU’s 17-12 win over Yale, scoring 5 goals and posting a whopping 7 steals. Junior Joshua McDonough continued his usual productivity on both offense and defense, by chipping in 4 goals and 2 steals to ensure the Terriers’ victory.

Curtis Hon continued his excellent form in the 9-4 win over Wesleyan, notching 4 goals and dishing out 1 assist. Senior Sean Hughes had his share of the distribution with 2 assists, while also demonstrating his trademark defensive prowess.

BU’s last game of the tournament saw the Terriers notch a 12-2 victory over league newcomers UConn. Sophomore goalie Thomas Willwerth had a rock solid game with 8 saves and 3 steals to keep BU’s foundation strong. The Terriers thus had the opportunity to explore their squad depth, with junior Stephen Yale posting 2 goals, and sophomore Cameron Curtiss registering a hat trick.

All in all, it was a very promising start to the season for BU, with tougher tests yet to come during the season, namely against New England heavyweights Boston College and Dartmouth College.