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!
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!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see lots of new faces at Splash!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.