Sometimes Third Place Feels Like First Place

Wow, it is hard to believe that it has already been a month since our last tournament. Between the papers, exams, practices, projects, and games this fall has really flown by. Along with Autumn, so too has the New England’s Conference Season sped by before our eyes.

Two weeks ago (October 15th and 16th) the Terriers journeyed up to Middlebury, Vermont to compete in the second New England Conference regular season tournament. Despite a 6:00 am departure from Boston, the team entered the majestic state of Vermont ready to play.

The Terries first faced the weekend’s host Middlebury College. Although Middlebury put a bit of a fight in the first quarter, the Panthers were simply unable to generate goals against BU’s aggressive press defense. BU coast to an easy first victory of the weekend with a score of 14-6. Unfortunately this would be the Terrier’s only victory of the weekend.

Next the BU faced the B-Line rival Boston College. The two teams had previously faced off in a pre-season scrimmage at BU’s Fitrec Center. BC dominated the scrimmage winning with an unofficial score of about 12-4. At the Yale tournament, BC proved that they were the team to beat going 4-0 beating Yale and Dartmouth in decisive battles. Despite the Eagle’s recent success, the Terriers came into the game prepared for battle. Throughout the first three quarters, BU and BC remained in a deadlock, often exchanging leads. Despite the Terrier’s best defensive efforts, the Eagles were able to pull away in the fourth quarter, leading BU to lose 8-6.

Exhausted from their battle with BC, the Terriers returned almost less than an hour later for their third game of the day, this time against Wesleyan University. The Cardinals took advantage of the Terriers’ weariness and jumped to an early 3-1 lead in the first quarter. The Terriers, surprised by Wesleyan’s renewed aggressiveness, attempted to make up their deficit. Unfortunately the Cardinals were just too much for the tired Terriers and BU lost their second game of the day to Wesleyan 9-6.

After some Indian food and a goodnight’s rest, the Terrier returned to the pool Sunday morning to play Dartmouth. Due to a car accident on their way to the game, Dartmouth was left with only about half of their team. Despite their lack of substitutes, Dartmouth still made a formidable opponent for the Terriers. Once again BU and Dartmouth spent the game exchanging leads. Unfortunately BU was just simply unable to produce goals and lost their third game of the weekend 7-5.

With only a week until the championship, many across the New England Conference saw BU’s 1-3 weekend as death sentence. But the Terrier’s took pain from the weekend and turned into motivation to prove themselves as one of the elite teams in the area. After a week of intense practice and film sessions, BU returned to Connecticut ready to compete in New England Championships.

BU open their championship weekend with a game against new foe, Wesleyan. After losing to the weekend’s host only a week prior, the Terriers were hungry for revenge. With a fast moving offense and debilitating defense the 4th seeded BU was able to shut down the 5th seeded Wesleyan early and win their first game of the championships 10-5.

Feeding off the energy from their Wesleyan victory, the Terriers came into their next with high energy and determination to knock off Yale University, the tournament’s 1st seeded team. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs also came into the game looking for a victory. Throughout the game, Yale used its players speed to score quick counter-attack goals. Unable to control the Bulldogs’ counter-attacks the Terriers fell to Yale for the second time this season 12-4.

After a restful evening, BU returned to New England Conference action Sunday morning energetic and determined to qualify for the championship final. The only thing standing in their way was a game against Dartmouth. Once again the evenly match teams participated in a defensive battle in which neither team seemed able to score. After a tough game, Dartmouth was able to pull ahead in the match’s waning minutes beating BU with a score of 5-3. With the victory, Dartmouth earned a berth to the championship final where they would face ivy rival Yale. BU, on the other hand was exiled to the third place game where they would face none other than rival BC.

Determined to prove themselves as a legitimate team, the Terriers entered the game with all guns firing. BU jumped to an early 5-0 lead over the Eagles in the first quarter. By halftime the Terriers had expanded the lead to 8-1. Determined not to go down without a fight, BC charged in the second half. Fortunately thanks to skillful defense and careful offensive strategy the Terriers were able to hold their lead and earn a final victory over BC 10-7. This victory marked the second straight year the Terriers finished in Third Place at the CWPA New England Conference Championships.

Were we disappointed that we did not win the whole championship? Maybe a little, but not only had we placed in an league that had grown competitively by leaps and bounds. We had also beaten our rival who had beaten us mercilessly less than a month earlier. Sure, first place and a berth to the national championships in Atlanta Georgia would have been awesome. All I know is that I have never been so happy as I was at that moment when we were all jumping around in the warm-up pool with my teammates, waiting for someone to take a picture to commemorate our victory. It’s amazing how sometimes a third place victory over Boston College can feel like an Olympic gold medal.

CWPA New England Conference 3rd Place!

CWPA New England Conference 3rd Place!

Sadly our third place victory also marked the final official CWPA tournament for seniors Andrew Ajemian(CAS 12), Andrew Matsas(CAS 12), David Saxon(CAS 12), and Biomedical-Engineering Grad Student Kevin Schwann. These players will be sorely missed. Once again thank you seniors(and Kevin) for your time, dedication, and friendship to the Boston University Men’s Water Polo Club.

-Colin O’Neill
Club Secretary

Yale Tournament Recap

Judging by the cooler weather, increase of school work, and emergence of pumpkin spice flavored iced-lattes it appears that fall as finally arrived in Boston. This means one thing: CWPA New England Conference Men’s League Play!

This season, the New England Conference is looking as strong as ever with the reemergence of Boston College after their one year hiatus and the departure of Williams College. As usual Yale, Dartmouth and BU are all contending for the top spot, with Wesleyan and Middlebury not far behind. As usual, BU left the first weekend of competition with a record of 2-2

The Terriers’ first game was against the weekend’s host, Yale. As always Yale proved to be a formidable foe for the Terriers on Saturday. BU was able to stay close for most of the game, but unable to convert valuable 6-on-5 opportunities into goals Yale eventually won the game 12-6.

A little over two hours later, BU was back in the pool this time facing Dartmouth. Despite Dartmouth’s superior speed, BU was able to keep the game extremely close with an aggressive press defense. After exchanging the lead multiple times during the first three quarters, Dartmouth finally pulled away in the fourth quarter beating the aggressive terriers 11-7.

Not disheartened by their first two losses, BU returned back to the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool for their third game of the day. Playing a self-coached Wesleyan, BU jumped to an early 4-0 lead in the first quarter. Wesleyan, not one to go down easy, sprang back in the second quarter to shut down BU’s offense and take the lead 5-4. After a half-time pep talk from new Head Coach, Konrad Szupinski, the team returned to pool determined to garner their first victory of the season. Through an increased offensive effort and intense press defense, the Terriers were able to regain the lead and hold it, winning 12-8.

After a good night’s rest, BU finished their season opening weekend with an early Sunday morning game versus Middlebury College. Looking to clamp down on malicious game-play, the referees punished BU early for their aggressive style of defense. With hole-set Austin Brashears rolled-out, and Assistant Coach, Rebecca Crastnopol issued a yellow card, both within the first 2:30 of the game, things were not looking bright for BU. But, through the offensive efforts of David Saxon, Andrew Matsas, Kyle Schluns, Jeremy Butz, as well as superb hole-defense by Kevin Chu, BU was able to pull through and gain a second victory besting Middlebury 13-7.

BU returns to play next weekend, when they travel back to the Nutmeg State, this time to participate in the Connecticut College Invitational. Be sure to check back here for updates as well as follow us on Twitter at @buWaterPolo #iswearitsworthit.

First Tournament at Yale University

First tournament of the season this weekend!
Follow us @buwaterpolo to get updated scores.

Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Friday, September 23, 2011
8:30 Yale University vs. Wesleyan University
Saturday, September 24, 2011
2:20 Yale University vs. Boston University
3:25 Dartmouth College vs. Middlebury College
4:30 Boston College vs. Wesleyan University
5:35 Dartmouth College vs. Boston University
6:40 Middlebury College vs. Boston College
7:45 Boston University vs. Wesleyan University
8:50 Yale University vs. Dartmouth College
Sunday, September 25, 2011
8:20 Middlebury College vs. Boston University
9:25 Boston College vs. Dartmouth College
11:20 Middlebury College vs. Wesleyan University
12:25 Yale University vs. Boston College

New Season

Welcome back!
Sorry for the late update.
The Terrier’s scrimmaged against Boston Metro last week and did well. This week on Friday (9/16) we have a friendly scrimmage with BC at FitRec. Game will start around 6:30pm. The remainder of the fall schedule will be posted on this blog soon. For now you can check out the CWPA website for game info.

Also, remember to follow us on twitter @buwaterpolo!

Annual Boston University Alumni Game Fundraiser

Dear Terriers,

On Saturday, April 30, BU Water Polo would like to invite alumni and family to play in two games against the current water polo teams. After the games, participants will be invited to eat with the team to celebrate the end of the 2010/2011 season.

Annual Boston University Alumni Game
6-9pm Saturday, April 30

Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center
915 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA

A minimum donation of $25 is requested. All proceeds will benefit the men’s and women’s BU teams, and will assist with league dues, transportation costs, and equipment.

We look forward to seeing you in the water!
- BU Water Polo

Please RSVP to: Konrad Szupinski at szup@bu.edu

Updates

Administrative cleaning:
– The women’s team have a new site: http://blogs.bu.edu/h2opolo/ Check it out!
– Our twitter account is changing to @BUWaterPolo. @BUMPolo will be discontinued.

Army Tournament

BUMPolo is traveling to West Point for a tournament during the weekend of March 5th. We will be playing three games on Saturday with the potential to play a fourth game on Sunday.

LaSalle University Invitational

The team will be traveling to Philadelphia, PA the for Fall Explorer Invitational at LaSalle University on November 6. This will be the last tournament of the fall semester.

Update: BU won all their games!

Issue 2 of the BU Water Polo Newsletter

BUMPolo has issued its 2nd newsletter on November 2nd. Please enjoy.

First Issue of our Newsletter

Sorry a little late. Our first issue came out on October 4th, 2010.
BUMPolo Newsletter Issue No. 1