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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!

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.

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.

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