"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." – Mark Twain
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!
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!
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.
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:
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
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!
The Cheetahs would like to thank Michelle Baldacci and Timothy Hurley for donating to the team. The cheetahs are extremely grateful for your support.
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!
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.
The Terriers said farewell to their dear teammates who left the team last May. Best of luck to you cheetahs! With the new academic year drawing near, the Terriers eagerly welcome new players.
Join us at SPLASH on the Nickerson Field on Sunday, Sept. 2 @ 4-7pm! No experience in waterpolo is needed. We welcome all skill levels! Sign up, ask questions, meet new people, get active! Hope to see you there!
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!
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!
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!
The cheetahs are going to scrimmage with MIT this FRIDAY (Oct 26th) at 7-9pm! Please come to MIT and support us!
The girls lost the game to MIT on Friday with a score of 7-5. However the girls are getting pumped up for the scrimmage tomorrow against our rivalry school Boston College. GO BU!!!
The BU Cheetahs lost to Boston College on Sunday with a score of 7-10. It’s okay girls! We’ll get them next time
The cheetahs would like to wish everyone a happy Halloween! Can you guess what each of us are dressed up as? Hint: We’re all Disney characters.
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.
Please present this flier and Cane’s will donate $1 for every combo you purchase!
Please come and support us against our scrimmage against Northeastern University today at the FitRec at 7pm! Also a reminder that the fundraiser is next week Friday! Hope to see you then!
The cheetahs enjoyed their winter break, but now it’s time to get back into the pool and get hyped up for the upcoming scrimmages:
Feb. 2-3: vs. NYAC
Feb. 16-17: at St. Francis
Mar. 2-3: Bates Tournament
Mar. 9-17: HAWAII
Here are this semester’s event dates that we have planned thus far:
Feb 2: Game vs. Iona at 5:15
Feb 16-17: St. Francis Invitational, Brooklyn heights, NY
March 2-3: Bates tournament
March 9-17: Hawaiiii!!
April 6-7:Bowdoin Tournament
April 20-21: Yale Tournament- Champs
Please come to support the cheetahs!
Phase 1: endure the coaches’ grueling swim sets and transform ourselves into olympic-like swimmers
We have a scrimmage against BC tomorrow at 6pm at the FitRec. Please come and support us!
The Cheetahs are heading over to Harvard University tomorrow at 5:15 for a scrimmage against Iona’s College. Come support us at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool! Hope to see you there!
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!