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!