First Tournament at Wesleyan: Summary and More!

Happy Spring Break BU! Our girls are enjoying wonderful spring breaks skiing on the slopes of Lake Tahoe, soaking up the sun in  Puerto Rico, exploring the windy hills of Ireland, or embracing their inner couch potato at home. It has been a wild start to the semester academically and aquatically.

Fun fact, we had a tournament and here are the highlights:

Saturday, Febuary 25th 2017 – Our ladies left early Saturday morning for Wesleyan University to play their first game that afternoon against Wesleyan. Freshman sprinter Mary Cerkvenik dominated in her debut game (and the games to follow), leading the team at the start of the whistle. It was a tight battle for all four quarters but BU came out with a 13-10 win over Wesleyan. Unfortunately, the second game against Dartmouth proved less successful with a 10-2 loss for BU. Our terriers fought hard but did not have the endurance and speed to keep up with Dartmouth’s offense.

On Sunday morning our girls faced off against UMass Amherst, losing by one point in the final seconds. Despite many shot opportunities, our girls could not get past UMass’s goalie, yielding a low scoring first three quarters. Freshman and retired goalie Madie Janik lead BU with an outstanding offensive surge, scoring two quick goals at the start of the fourth. Our terriers made up a five goal deficit but were unfortunately defeated 7-8 in the last shot clock. In our final game of the weekend, BU overcame last year’s champions, Middlebury, in an 11-7 win.

wesleyan results
League standings as of February 2017

The weekend ended with two wins and two loses. Senior and captain Ashley Reischman rounded up eight goals for the weekend, leading the team in scoring. Our 5th string (yes, you read that correctly) goalie Mia Kato gave a tremendous four performances this weekend and our team couldn’t be prouder.

Despite the setbacks faced early on in the season, our cheetahs have the spirit and the potential to rock this semester. After a well-deserved and restful Spring Break, we’ll be back in the water with plenty of leg sets and drills to prepare us for our April tournaments.

February 26, 2017

In other news,

  1. The 5th Annual Austin Brashears Memorial Alumni Tournament will be on Saturday March 25th at 3:00PM to 7:00PMCome join the Boston University Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Teams as we welcome our Alumni back to campus and play a few friendly games of polo!RSVP on our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/170498356752607/
  2. DONATIONS: It’s that time of the year again and we would love any support you can give.Please donate to our wonderful team on #BUGivingDay and help us get funds for new equipment :)You can find the link here:https://givingday.bu.edu/ 




Fall Semester Recap

Hello water polo lovers, family, friends, and alums!

Happy New Year! Curious about some fun updates on your favorite group of terriers? Check out our fall newsletter by clicking this link: buwwp_fall2016newsletterpologirls

We also have a newly updated tournament schedule. If you’re in the neighborhood, come watch us play!

Tournament Dates 2017:

o February 25-26 at Wesleyan University
o April 8-9 at Boston University
o April 22-23 Championship at Williams College
*Austin Brashears Memorial Alumni Tournament will be on March 25th, at Boston University’s Fitrec*

We are thankful to be entering the competitive season with such strong support from you all. Super excited to get back in the pool and play some polo!


BU Women’s Water Polo


The Early Weeks

What’s up BU and all interested in reading about Women’s Water Polo!

BU Senior, Roslyn Harold, captured recruiting at SPLASH

Life under the water has been great, and getting to know our 15 new members has been awesome. We total to 33 amazing young women and we definitely will make a huge splash once the Spring season begins. This is not only because we have our cannonballs mastered, but because Splash was super successful…as if all the fantastic new recruits were not indicative of this fact. They have taken to the water, sport, and team naturally, and the past two weeks have been incredibly fun and rewarding for both new and old fishies. Teaching and team development has also been bolstered thanks to the coaching efforts of Adrienne Ingalla and Sean Hughes, who grace us with their immense polo knowledge. Through plenty of leg/swim sets as well as some good old fashioned scrimmaging, the girls are shaping up well in these early weeks.

Our ladies broke out the polo suits at this year’s SPLASH

Last weekend we supported Hub On Wheels, and helped hand out refreshments to the cyclists participating in the event. Cleaning up afterwards was great for team bonding, and we did our part to help fund raise for the year.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday evening and we’ll be keeping you all posted on the goings-on at BUWWP!

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Successful team bonding with the new recruits!

6:00AM lighting was crucial for this photo-op



Hello Terrier Nation!

The Fall semester is fast approaching and we are ready to kick-off a new school year. Interested in joining a sport? Try Women’s Water Polo! We are excited to welcome all newcomers regardless of experience level. If you wanna check us out here are some events to lookout for:


Saturday, September 10th 12:00pm-2:00pm at BU’s Nickerson Field. Representatives from most of BU’s clubs and organizations will be tabling and promoting their teams


Monday, September 12th 8:00-9:00pm at Fitrec’s pool classroom (located behind the hot tub). We will be having our first practice after the meeting!


Check us out on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for more updates! Or email us at bugirlswaterpolo@gmail.com!


Terriers leave their mark at Middlebury

This past weekend the Terriers drove up to Middlebury for their second league tournament. The Terriers played three games on Saturday and one game on Sunday. With their seed for the championship tournament on the line the girls left everything in the pool and walked away with their heads held high after four gutsy performances.

The first game of the tournament saw BU matched up against UMASS Amherst. UMASS Amherst was quick and looked to counter but BU’s defense proved strong and was able to shut down the counter. Balanced with a strong offensive attack the Terriers pulled out a win 10-2.

The second game of the tournament matched BU vs. Middlebury. Middlebury came out of the whistle quick, ready to play. The Terriers were able to keep up defensively but struggled offensively in the beginning of the game. BU continued to play tough defense and hung around keeping the score 3-2 Middlebury at half time. In the second half of the game BU was able to get things going offensively and ultimately led the game 6-4 with 3:00 remaining in regulation. Unfortunately Middlebury’s offense was too much for the Terriers to handle and the Panthers were able to force overtime and win the game 9-6.

The final game on Saturday featured a tough match up between BU and cross-town rival BC. Knowing that BC is always a tough opponent the girls came out strong both offensively and defensively. BC began to come back in the fourth quarter but BU held strong defensively and walked away from the pool with a 6-4 win.

On Sunday the Terriers returned to the pool to face Dartmouth. This was the first match up of the season for BU against Dartmouth. The Terriers were able to play a strong press defense and shut down Dartmouth’s offense. Matched with BU’s good passing and movement on offense the Terriers finished the tournament with a 10-2 victory.

The Terriers will return to the pool next weekend at BU for the championship tournament. As the number 2 seed the BU will be battling for its first New England division championship and a trip to Nationals. We hope to see you there cheering us on!





Another Season Begins!

The Cheetahs are excited to be back in the pool and working hard again in preparation for their upcoming league tournaments! This season, BU returns to the New England Division alongside Boston College, Middlebury, Dartmouth, UMass, Northeastern, and Williams. The club is really looking forward to taking advantage of this challenging opportunity. The girls will be playing in 2 league tournaments at Middlebury College in Vermont, followed by the BU-hosted championship tournament in April 16 and 17th.

Senior captains Cat Xenakis and Katy Cooke are excited about the upcoming season, with the team committed to making this season one of the best in club history. With the support and dedication of coaches Joanna Chan and Sean Hughes, the girls expect to go into their first tournament confident and equipped to tackle any challenge.

In Other News…

This past weekend, the team volunteered at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb where they cheered on firefighters from all over Massachusetts as they climbed up the 41 stories of One Boston Place. Community engagement has always been a great part of this team’s culture, and we are incredibly thankful to have been given the opportunity to participate in this event.

Volunteer Event

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Terriers Take on Harvard Invitational

This Saturday, January 30, the lady terriers will be heading over to Harvard University for a mini invitational among high level Division 1 teams. The team was invited to play 3 games with an immense learning opportunity!

Don’t miss your chance to see some GREAT water polo and cheer on your fellow Terriers!


9am Iona vs. BU

11:30am Brown vs. BU

2pm BU vs. Villanova

See you there!


Water Polo Abroad

This past spring, Boston University Women’s water polo team had its first undefeated season, first league championship victory, it’s first earned trip to nationals, and received the honor of Club Sports Team of the Year. It was a fantastic season for everyone involved and was an important step for our team to become more competitive in an area of the country where water polo isn’t a prominent sport. However, a few of our key players were abroad for this historic season. And while they missed some of the excitement state side, they decided that just because they were studying abroad didn’t mean that they had to miss the fun of playing water polo. Allison Durkan and Ashley Reischman, both sophomores at the time, joined a men’s water polo team in Madrid, Spain at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and had an exciting season of their own.

[Allison Durkan, current junior in Computer Engineering]

Allison Durkan









As a freshman at BU, I joined the women’s water polo team with the hope of meeting a motivated group of young women that would inspire and encourage me to learn how to play a fun and exciting new sport. Not only did the team support me in the pool, but also the girls helped me with other parts of my life. I fell in love with the sport that year. During spring of 2015, my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Studying in Madrid had been a dream of mine since the beginning of high school and was one of the reasons I chose to come to BU. So when I was accepted to the program, I was over the moon. However, studying abroad in the spring would mean that I would have to miss the tournament season for water polo. While in Madrid, the staff talked all the time about getting out of our BU bubble of friends, immersing ourselves in the culture and making Spanish friends. With this in mind, I decided to find a water polo team. I reached out to a few programs around the city, and tried out a few teams before I found one that clicked. There was a men’s recreational team at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, where I was taking classes, that I decided to join and it was without a doubt the best part of my abroad experience.

Practices were four nights out of the week, but like every other part of Spanish culture, the team was relaxed and it was not a big deal if you missed practice. At first when we joined, the guys were tentative with their defense and didn’t pass to us, probably because they weren’t used to playing with some fierce cheetahs. However, once we started pushing them around and kicking their butts, they loosened up and we began to actually be able to play water polo together as a team without restraint.

Everything about Spain was different than the USA, but the way they played water polo was one of the biggest differences. What would have been an ejection in our league was ignored and shooting from the top happened more than set shots. At practice, we would have shooting competitions and play with giant exercise balls. On the weekends, we would meet up for tapas and cervezas and the guys would laugh and help us with our Spanish. We would chat about politics and the differences between our cultures. That group of young men changed my view of Spaniards, helped expand my mind and made my passion for the sport grow more than I ever thought it could. Joining that team was the best decision I have ever made and I would not give up those memories for anything.

[Ashley Reischman, current junior in Mechanical Engineering]

Ashley Reischman

I started playing water polo my freshman year of high school as an off-season sport to competitive swimming. I had never played a sport that required such a wide variety of individual skills but also was extremely dependent on teamwork; I loved how important each player was and how much freedom the rules granted you to make something happen. After the first year with my high school team, I went on to play in major national tournaments where I learned so much about the sport by playing against the top teams across the nation. Although losing by a large margin of points in a game is no fun for anyone, playing these teams that were light years ahead of my own skill taught me new tricks and taught me how to play well when it’s seemingly pointless to try. Water polo has been a big part of my life since I was fourteen, and I was excited to find out that I could continue to play in college at BU without the extra pressure of being in a D1 team.

When I got my acceptance letter for the study abroad program in Madrid, I was ready to kiss water polo good-bye for a semester and I was anticipating losing a lot of my ability to play over the five months that I would be in Europe. But when I got to Europe, I heard that my teammate, Allison Durkan, was looking around for a chance to play in Spain and I tagged along with her to check out the team at the university we were attending. After the first practice with only four other players that showed up because it was what they called “advanced day” (a practice where they worked on developing skills rather than scrimmaging), it became clear to me that water polo in Spain was going to be very different from water polo in America. Pretty much all of the practices consisted of Allison and I floating around in the pool, pretending like we understood what the coach was saying to us, and then making things up as the practice proceeded. During the scrimmages, we had to learn how to play a lot rougher because a very small number of the rules were actually followed. Games were more about getting to play for the longest amount of time with the fewest interruptions. The coach even allowed us to referee a game because he wanted to play and he thought we knew the rules better than anyone else in the pool. Being on that team was by far the best part of my experience abroad. It fueled my desire to learn Spanish more than anything else, it kept me active, and it taught me so much about what it’s like to be a young adult in Spain. Those friendships and the memories of laughing as we struggled to understand each other are the moments that made my semester in Spain my best semester at BU.


BUWWP Takes Hub On Wheels!

This past weekend, the cheetahs volunteered their time to Hub on Wheels, an annual city wide bike race where hundreds of bikers race distances varying from 10 to 30 to 50 miles! Our ladies set up camp at a rest stop where they sliced bananas, oranges and stacked potato chips for bikers who needed a little pick me up at mile 13. It was a great way for the team to bond while giving back to the greater Boston area! Great work ladies!

Freshman Pure, Maddie, and Nisha manning the water station!

Varsha, sophomore, and Katy, senior, proving polo players can be coordinated in and out of the pool!

Juniors Steph, Tessa, and Ashley slicing and stacking at the snack station.


BUWWP Wants You!

After a successful Splash the Terriers are excited to meet all the new players. Remember if you signed up at Splash that we will be having our beginning of the year meeting on Wednesday 9/9 at 7:30 pm, in the pool classroom. If you weren’t able to make it to Splash but are interested in water polo feel free to join us too! Immediately following the meeting we will be jumping in the water for our first official practice of the year. Can’t wait to meet all the new Terriers.

Splash 2015



Informational Meeting

Make sure to check us out at Splash, September 5th at 12 p.m on Nickerson field! In addition to Splash, we will be holding our beginning of the year informational meeting on September 9th at 7:30 p.m in the pool classroom on the lower level of Fit Rec . Following the meeting we will have our first practice with returning and new players so make sure to bring your suit to the meeting. As always if you have any questions email us at bugirlswaterpolo@gmail.com.



New season, new Terriers!

After coming off a 2015 North Atlantic League Championship and a trip to Nationals, the Terriers return to Boston this fall more motivated than ever. With the summer coming to a close, everyone is eager to hop back in the water, some in better shape than others. We are especially excited about the start of the season because with a new year always comes a new bunch of cheetahs!

If you have any interest in water polo make sure to stop by and chat with us at Splash on 9/5 at 12 pm on Nickerson field. No previous experience is required, however it is helpful that you know how to swim, even though that hasn’t stopped previous players before!

To read more about our team you can also check out our Facebook page or our Twitter. If you are also looking for a player’s perspective about the team you can email us with specific questions at bugirlswaterpolo@gmail.com. We hope to see lots of new faces at Splash!

men’s and women’s team at Splash 2014



Thank You Alumni

As another year of polo is coming to an end, we mark the conclusion with our always entertaining Alumni Tournament in honor of Austin Brashears! Thank you to the collaborative efforts of the Men’s and Women’s teams for making this year another fun filled tournament! Every season our teams look forward to welcoming back our alumni and sharing in the game we have all come to know and love! Many thanks to all the alumni that came from near or far to show us college kids how to really play polo!

A HUGE thanks goes out to OTTO Pizza in hosting and donating a portion of the funds earned to our teams! At the end of the day, is there anything better than polo, pizza and alumni? No.

Keep an eye out for updates as the Cheetahs take Middlebury THIS weekend for the National Collegiate Club Tournament!

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Women Undefeated after First Tournament!

BU women’s water polo completed their first tournament of the season 3-0 bringing down Yale, Wellesley, and Bowdoin. The Terriers hosted the tournament, playing two games on Saturday and one Sunday afternoon. BU came out strong in their first game against Yale with a convincing 18-4 victory dominated by the offense of Maeve O’Connor and Allie Delillo. Yale was one of BU’s biggest competitors last year, but with a few key players graduated, the Terriers had no problem shutting them down.

The second game of the day, featured BU against Wellesley College, who could not field a full team so had to forfeit. Although BU received a 5-0 win for the forfeit, the two teams still played for practice with Wellesley borrowing some BU players to fill a team. We also had a surprise visit from two alumni who happened to bring suits with them and hopped in the pool to join in the polo fun! Shout out Julia Zurek and Bridget Eastes.

The cheetahs, energized from their two wins on Saturday, faced a strong Bowdoin team Sunday afternoon. Bowdoin is the defending North Atlantic Champions and the girls knew they had to score first and play tough defense if they wanted to win. With a slow first quarter, BU came back in the end to defeat Bowdoin 10-9. A real nail biter!

Congratulations to all the fresh babies on competing in their first league tournament! The team is headed down to Yale February 28-March 1 for the second tournament of the season. The girls hope to carry their momentum and dominate once again!



It’s #GivingTuesday! Please consider BUWWP

Today is #GivingTuesday, a movement responding to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you plan on participating, please support your favorite sports team! We need help funding travel to our tournaments next semester, which will cost us more than $2500.

You can donate to our club by selecting “Friends of Women’s Water Polo” (we’re at the bottom of the list) here.

We really appreciate any support you can provide! Every bit helps us reach our funding goals.

Junior Katy Cooke prevents an opponent from making a pass. Photo by Page Wood (pagegwood.com).
Junior Katy Cooke prevents an opponent from making a pass. Photo by Page Wood.










Cheetahs Dominate in Last Scrimmage of Semester

BU Women’s Water Polo rounded off our final scrimmage of the semester with a solid win! In previous contests, the Cheetahs had barely lost to Northeastern, losing 9-10 both times. Finishing off our season with a handy defeat was fantastic.

The game started well with the lady Terriers scoring 3 goals in the first few minutes. Northeastern was able to catch up and the first quarter ended at 3-3 tie. The Terriers regained momentum in the second quarter and were able to finish the half strong, leading by a score of 7-4.

During halftime Lia, our assistant coach, reminded us that it would be our last game with Phoebe Katelaris (our Australian exchange student) and our Spring 2015 study abroad students (Olivia Wade, Christie Tang, Ashley Reischman, and Allison Durkan). With the ignition lit, the Terriers ran up the score. Both new and old players made major contributions to the goal-fetching. A strong defense, lead by Varsha Srivastava and Shireen Kheradpey in goal, blocked and stole the ball frequently, which fed out a strong counter attack. In the end it was a 16-6 BU win! A special shout out goes out to all the new players who really stepped up despite having been playing water polo for only three months!

Thanks to BU Men’s Water Polo members who helped officiate the game and live-tweeted. Next semester looks to be a fun and exciting season! In the spring, the Cheetahs will be playing in two league tournaments and one championship tournament in the hopes of qualifying for Nationals! Stay tuned for updates on our spring schedule and ways you can help support the team!

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photo credit to our lovely fans!




First win of the semester!

Today’s scrimmage was our first win of the semester! We beat Boston College 13-8 in a friendly scrimmage. Despite the unfortunate weather, we had a few vocal fans come out to support us.

Quite a few players managed to score this afternoon. Maeve O’Connor scored an impressive four goals off of drives and outside shots. Hat tricks by Elena Quijano and Shireen Kheradpey pushed our team ahead. Tessa Chapman, Olivia Wade, and Kelia Cowan topped off BU’s goal count. Our team held a strong against BC’s aggressive attacks. Freshman goalie Varsha Srivastava ran a tight defense and made a number of incredible saves.

On November 16, we are scrimmaging Northeastern University Women’s Water Polo Team. Hope to see you there!

Thank you, Scott Flickinger (our awesome club advisor), for taking the photo!

Planning our strategy


Second Round Robin & update on preseason

Last Sunday the girls held their second round robin tournament with Northeastern and Boston College. The Terriers played a hard game against Northeastern, but unfortunately lost by one point (10-9). Despite this loss, the team showed some serious improvements during the game. A few girls deserve some special recognition: Kelia Cowan played amazing defense and offense throughout the night, scoring in each game and making fantastic defensive saves. Phoebe Katelaris also played an incredible two games. She scored at least twice in each game and was often times beating everyone down the pool to score a few points off fast breaks. Camilla Stejskal had a break through game as her speed allowed her to make several defensive saves.

BU and BC faced off in the second game, and although the Terriers played another great game, tiredness got the best of us and we lost to BC 7-5. We saw some more great plays during this game including several great shot blocks by our goalie Varsha Srivastava, and Shireen Kheradpey demonstrated extreme ball handling skills as she repeatedly stole the ball from BC. All in all, it was a great night for the Cheetahs.

For the remainder of the preseason, the Cheetahs will work more on endurance training and focus on ball handling skills. This upcoming Sunday (November 2), we will scrimmage BC again so we can practice playing in a game-like scenario. This helps us learn our weaknesses so we can fix them before the competitive season rolls around. Come out to support us! And if you can’t make it, not to worry; we will make another blog post next week.


First Scrimmage & More

The Cheetahs have been very busy these past few weeks. Regular practices have continued as part of preseason training. The Cheetahs also hosted a round-robin tournament with Boston College and Northeastern University on Sunday, Sept. 28th at FitRec. Their record stood 1-1 at the end of the day, as they fell 10-9 to Northeastern, but through hard work and mental strength they were able to #BeatBC 6-5! For many girls on the team it was their first time playing in a water polo game, and everyone did a fantastic job. A special shout out to our freshman goalie Varsha Srivastava who blocked several difficult shots.

On Oct. 4th, the Cheetahs traveled to Worcester, MA, to volunteer and run in the Megan Lally Memorial 5K. The girls helped direct and cheer runners on throughout the race. It was also one of the first bonding activities they had out of the pool. A special thanks to Tessa Chapman, Katy Cooke, and Steph Borgestein who fundraised $175 and ran the 5K. Here’s a picture of the team in Worcester:



And finally, a big thank you to all of the fans who came out  to support us during our scrimmage and to those of you who cheered us on via Facebook and Twitter. We really appreciate it! Stay tuned for more updates as the girls look forward to another preseason scrimmage on 10/26.

Scrimmage post pic



Back to Boston!

The summer is coming to an end and we’re finally making our way back to BU!

The team had a great season last year complete with great new players, challenging tournaments, and a second place finish in the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s North Atlantic League. With school approaching quickly, the Cheetahs are excited to meet new players and begin training in September!

To any players interested in our team: please keep checking our blog for new information. We’ll be posting more frequently as the school year starts. You can also keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter. We welcome players of all skill levels!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email bugirlswaterpolo@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Polo Flex



Info Meeting and First Practice of 2013

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the Boston University Club Sports Expo! We hope you learned all about our team and are excited about joining us in the fall! Our first informational meeting and practice will be held on Wednesday September, 11 at 8 PM in class room 221 in FitRec. We will be getting into the pool at 9 so make sure you come prepared with a swim suit (one-piece), cap and goggles!
We can’t wait to meet everyone!


Happy Summer to All!

We hope every one is enjoying a nice summer break and getting much needed rest before classes and the water polo season start again!

The Cheetahs are looking forward to welcoming new players this coming season from the Class of 2017! With a new year brings many opportunities for the BU Water Polo teams and we can’t wait to get back in the pool in September!

To all new and interested players (of all skill types) please watch out for updates on the schedule and our first introductory meeting in September.  All information will be posted on our blog and facebook page.  Please do not hesitate to email bugirlswaterpolo@gmail.com with any questions.  We can’t wait to meet you all in September and welcome you to the Cheetah Zone!



The Cheetahs take on Minnesota: Nationals 2013

The Cheetahs returned from Nationals in Minneapolis, MN, after a long weekend full of water polo and cold weather. We played three hard games against very strong teams. We are very happy with all that we have accomplished this year, especially being the first BU Water Polo team to make it to the Collegiate Water Polo Association‘s National Championship!

The first game took place Friday morning against University of Central Florida. The Cheetahs were overcome by a score of 21-4, but the girls carried their heads high, happy to have the chance to compete at Nationals.

After losing their first game, the girls were excited to get in and play Texas A&M. The Cheetahs fought hard but couldn’t seem to stop Texas’s aggressive offense, and fell to the Aggies 16-3. After this hard loss the Terriers were set to get back into the pool at 9:50pm Saturday night. The girls spent all day Saturday studying to get ready their final exams upon returning to Boston.

Despite the late game time, the team was ready to get in and play hard against the University of California Santa Barbara. The Terriers fought hard in their best game of the tournament. Goalie Bridget Eastes played her best game of the season with some key blocks! The Terriers lost 13-3 but coaches Liz Lacy and Emily Millard-Pace were happy with the game.

With no scheduled games for Sunday, the team watched the Championship game between UCF and UC Davis. An intense battle to the end, UC Davis came out on top winning their second national championship in a row! The Cheetahs then headed out to the Mall of America to shop and relax a little before the trip back to Boston.

Nationals closed out a season full of traveling, nail biting games and team bonding for the Cheetahs. We are so happy with how far we have come as a team and cannot wait to see what the fall has to bring us. A BIG thank you to everyone who has helped and supported our team throughout this exhausting but successful year!



First Annual Austin Brashears Invitational

The Boston University Men’s and Women’s Water Polo clubs hosted our first annual Austin Brashears Invitational April 27-28.  Austin Brashears was the men’s team captain and president before he lost his life in a tragic car accident last year while he was studying abroad in Auckland, New Zealand. BU Water Polo suffered a huge loss that day. To honor our fallen comrade, we organized a tournament in his name.

We combined the tournament with our ever-popular alumni games. Former BU players from around the nation come home to play current players in an exciting battle. The players who started the water polo teams at BU usually return to view the progress we’ve made.

On the women’s side, Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters team compiled by head coach Liz Lacy, and our very own Cheetahs competed against one another. In the men’s division, Boston College, two teams of Metro players (a Masters team that practices at MIT; you can check out their page here), and the BU men’s team played each other in very exciting and fun games.

The Lady Terriers started the tournament playing our coach’s Masters team. Liz, who has been our head coach for the past year, led her team to victory. (Knowing our weaknesses, the Masters were able to take advantage of our goalie and defense.) The final score in the first game of the day was 9-5.

Next up, the current Cheetahs faced off with our beloved alumnae.  Former BU players from near and far returned to Boston to compete. Even some of the ladies who started BU Water Polo  came back to play with us! In a tight game to the finish, the current BU team topped the alumnae 10-9. After the game, we chatted with the former players. It’s crazy to think that this could be us in a few years!








In our last game of the day, BU played BC. With a historic rivalry and our alumni teams watching, the Cheetahs set out to make BU proud. In a back-and-forth game, we rallied against BC. Going in to the final minute, we were 7-7. However, with 37 seconds left in the clock, a wide outside shot by BC slipped past goalie Lia Breunig. BU was unable to score in the remaining seconds. Final score of the game was 7-8 with BC taking home the win.

In our final game of the tourney, BU defeated MIT 7-3. With MIT short on players, we loaned them a few of our own players to make the teams more even. Though the score was initially close, BU pulled away in the second half.

You can check out photos of our team, thanks to Curtis Hon of the Men’s team, on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to like our page and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates!

Thank you teams, coaches, officials, alumni, players, and supporters who made this tournament possible. We hope we made Austin proud!


Cheetahs Win 2nd Place in Yale Tournament

The female terriers returned from Yale yesterday and won 2nd place in the North Atlantic division. The team beat Wellesley College and Bowdoin College on the first day and MIT early on in the second day. In the championship game between Yale and BU, Yale won 11-8. Even though Yale won, the girls end the season with a score of 11-1. Girls, be proud! We defeated Yale twice in the first two tournaments. Although Yale placed first in the North Atlantic Division, the team will not be participating in nationals because of the time conflict between the games and their final exams. That means the cheetahs are headed to Minnesota!

Here are the scores for all three tournaments this season:

We are so happy with what we have accomplished as a team. Many of our players had not picked up a water polo ball until the beginning of this school year and we have all improved significantly. To be able to win second place is a huge achievement and we are so proud of everyone for their hard work and determination. Thank you to our coaches, Liz Lacy and Emily Millard, for putting up with our craziness and for pushing us to do our best.


Boston Strong!

After the terrible tragedy on Monday, the women’s team prayed for those who lost their lives and for the safety of the city. As you have probably seen from reports, the city was on lockdown on Friday and has now been lifted. The cheetahs will still be participating in this weekend’s tournament in Yale University and will be leaving tomorrow morning.



The Lady Terriers return to Maine for their second tournament of the season. The game was held in Bowdoin College from April 6-7. On the first day, the cheetahs went up against Wellesley College 7-1 and then defeated Bates College with a score of 9-5. The next day, the cheetahs were neck to neck by halftime with a score of 4-4. But the girls won with a score of 8-5! The last game against Bowdoin College was even more intense with a score of 4-4 by the end of the third quarter. Luckily the fierce cheetahs scored a goal and finished with a nail biter of 5-4. The team came back home with their heads held up high and still hold the title as the undefeated team for the North Atlantic Division.

Championships, here we come!

Here is the schedule for the championship game, as well as the scores for all the games in the season:


Austin Brashears Invitational

Don’t you miss hanging out with your old water polo teammates in university or beating your rivals in a “friendly” scrimmage? Then grab your favorite swimsuits, call your teammates up and jump into Boston University’s pool on April 27-28. BU’s Men’s and Women’s Water Polo are hosting the Austin Brashears Invitational, an alumni tournament for teams in the Boston area. Each team will play three games. Please RSVP by April 10th and reserve your spot with a check made payable to Boston University for $300. Help spread the word to other schools! Hope to see you then!

Austin Brashears was a mechanical engineer student at BU but he lost his life on Saturday May 12, 2012. He was studying abroad in New Zealand when a tragic car accident took his and two other students’ lives. Not only was Austin the captain of the Men’s Water Polo team, he was actively involved as a leader in the College of Engineering community. The team missed him dearly and will never forgot their warm-hearted, fierce, hard-working captain.

Invitations AB Tourney


We Wanna Go Back To Hawaii!

ALOHA! It’s been a week since the team’s trip to Oahu, Hawaii and we’re not happy about being back in the cold. We had a blast swimming in the clear ocean and tanning (or burning) under the warm sun. But the team also worked hard to prepare for the upcoming tournament and championship game in April. We did a mixture of exercises, mixing both land and water workouts: hiking up Koko head (1048 steps!), scrimmaging at different pools and running relays on the beach. Thank you to Le Jardin Academy, Kamehameha School, Iolani School and Mililani High School for allowing us to scrimmage with them in their amazing outdoor pools. Since both our team and the opposing teams split into the more advanced group and the less advanced group, everyone had a lot of time in the water and learned much more and showed a vast improvement. The girls learned a lot from the trip, not only about water polo, but also about each other. The cheetahs are ready to come out strong for their next games!

Here’s the link to our more detailed itinerary: http://www.bu.edu/fitrec/club/news.shtml#WomenWaterPolo

A big mahalo to the Cowan and Kheradpey families for providing the cheetahs with food, housing and transportation for the whole week!


Cheetahs Win Their First Tournament!

The women’s water polo team just won their first tournament in Maine, hosted by Bates College! GO CHEETAHS!!! This tournament and the next tournament at the beginning of April will count towards the championship game. On Sat. March 2, the girls first went up against Bowdoin College, with 14-8, then went up against Yale University. Yale beat the girls last year in the New England Division and won first place, but the cheetahs fought strong and hard and won a score of 11-7. The last game of that day was against Bates College with 10-3. The next day, the girls went up against MIT and won with a score of 7-3.

The following weekend, the girls are going to travel to Hawaii for spring break! Big thanks in advance to the Cowan and Kheradpey family for their generosity in providing us with food, housing and transportation.

The girls have less than a month until their next tournament in Maine again, held at Bowdoin College. Even though most of the girls haven’t learned water polo until the beginning of the school year, they have shown definite improvement: they communicated in the water, had spectacular defense and shots, and thought as a team. The cheetahs are extremely proud of one another. Keep it up!


St. Francis Tournament

The cheetahs just came back from their St. Francis Tournament. The first day we competed with Iona College who won 18-2. (Don’t worry cheetahs, we’ll do better next time!) The next day, we went up against Cornell University (11-10) and NYACK. NYACK didn’t have enough teammates so a couple of our teammates played for their team.

Even though this was a “friendly” tournament and our real tournament doesn’t start until March 2 held in Bates College, Maine, many of the players learned a lot from these games. We have 5 more practices before we head off to Maine. Get excited girls!


Raising Cane’s Fundraising Event

Come to Raising Cane’s (949 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215) to support the BU Women’s Water Polo team on Friday, November 16th from 12pm-12am. One dollar from every combo ordered goes to our team. Make sure to mention the Women’s Water Polo team and present the flyer when ordering and invite your friends! The flyer will be posted soon (and also on our facebook wall and event wall) so that you can print it out.


Good Start for the Cheetahs!

The team would like to give a shout out to the new players!

Bridget Eastes, Selby Knudsen, Christie Tang, Zoe Hurley, Catherine Xenakis, Allie DeLillo (a.k.a: Sunshine!), Spencer Baldacci, Olivia Wade, Olena Kowal, Nicolle Navarette, Blair Woods, Madina Mukhambetzhanova, Katy Cooke, Amy Hicks, Brianna Bickley, Colleen Cleary

The cheetahs won their first scrimmage of the year on Sun. Sept 30 against MIT. For most of the new players, this was their first water polo game. On Sun. Oct. 14, the girls also had a joint practice with Wellesley College.

Awesome job girls! Keep up the good work!


Hello New Players!

We were all very excited to see the new players at our first meeting of the season. We know the information may be slightly overwhelming but don’t worry. We’ll be there to help you!

Here’s a quick recap of what we discussed:

  • Practices: It would be best if you would show up to as many practices as you can. If you want to practice swimming or do swim sets, you can join the returning players on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
  • Fun-raising: In order for us to travel and compete in tournaments, especially the one in Florida on December 1-2, we’re going to work as a team to raise money. Plus, fundraisers are great team-bonding events. 🙂
  • Agganis Clean-Up: Mark your calendar for the Agganis clean up on December 8 at 9pm. We raise a lot of money and we need as many people to help out.
  • Dues: For this season, dues are $60. You can pay in cash or make the cheque out to BU Women’s Water Polo. Our treasurer, Shireen, will be collecting them from Sept. 27-30.

If you’re still unsure about joining, come to our practices and see if you like water polo. We’ll teach you how to egg beat or throw a ball in the water. You’ll be a water polo player in no time. See you guys on Friday!


First Meeting/Practice of 2012!

Thank you to those who came to our table and signed up during SPLASH! Please remember to come to our first meeting to get to know the team or to ask any questions. Here are some changes in the time:

Wed., Sept. 12: First meeting @ 7:30pm in L118 (the classroom next to the pool)
Fri., Sept. 14: First practice @ 8-9pm

Remember if you want this body or want to avoid freshmen 15, join water polo! See you then! 🙂


Welcome to the Championship live blog event!


The first game of the day is Yale v Middlebury! It looks like its going to be a really close game here, the current score is tied as we go into the last quarter!

Yale is seeded first in the division, Middlebury fifth.

Here is the play by play of the final quarter of the first championship game:

Time out called by Middlebury

Number 16 on Yale just made a goal bringing the score to 10 -9 Yale.

Number 2 on Yale just made a goal bringing the score to 11-9- Yale.

A shot by Middlebury, but no goal.

Another goal by Yale, making the score 12-9.

Yale is really picking it up here- another goal by 21.

Middlebury called a timeout, with 4:40 left in the game and a score of 9-13.

Goal by number 2 of Yale the score is now 14-9, Yale.

Number 2 of Middlebury just got ejected, Yale called a timeout but no goal on the 6 on 5.

Goal by number 5 of Yale.

Number 4 of Middlebury scores bringing the game to 15-10- Yale.

Another Middlebury ejection, but no goal on the man-down.

A beautiful goal by number 5 of Yale, in what was almost a one on one with the Middlebury goalie.

A block of the left hand goal corner by Yale, a quick turnover and another block of the top right goal corner by the Middlebury goalie.

20 seconds left in the game!

The final score is: 16-10, Yale.