July 11, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy water polo program and head coach Mladen Stanicic announced on Friday the Mids' upcoming 2014 fall schedule. The 24-game regular season slate will include three tournaments and nine single-game contests. Navy will be tested in those games with eight opponents ranked amongst the top-20 collegiate teams at the end of the 2013 season.
"This schedule will be challenging to say the least, with so many high ranked teams on the opposing side," remarked Stanicic. "We're looking forward to it with a dose of confidence, but also a great deal of respect for all of our opponents. We will be fully tested. Many of the teams on our schedule are very deep and can play for 32 minutes without a drop in level of play. We will see whether we're able to do the same and whether we're able to hit the road running, as we'll be playing some of the toughest opponents quite early."
Navy will open its season with the annual Navy Open that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 and Sunday, Sept. 7 at Lejeune Hall. The exact schedule of the event will be released later, but the Mids will be matched up in contests versus Fordham, Mercyhurst, Iona, Washington & Jefferson, Cerritos College and Mt. San Antonio.
Tournament action will continue the following weekend (Sept. 12-14) when the squad heads north to Providence, RI for the Brown Classic. Hosted by CWPA rival, Brown University, the Mids will compete against MIT, Cal Baptist, Santa Clara, Harvard and the host Bears.
CWPA Southern Division play begins on Saturday, Sept. 20 with a pair of games. First at 2 pm, Navy will host Bucknell before taking on Princeton at 7:30 pm.
The Mids will step away from league play for its final non-conference weekend of action beginning on Friday, Sept. 26 with a single match at the University of California. The contest versus the Golden Bears will be televised nationally on the Pac-12 TV Network starting at 3:30 pm EST. The rest of the weekend will consist of four games as part of the Aggie Shootout at UC Davis. The quartet of teams slated to play against Navy include Pacific, Stanford, UC Davis and Occidental. In total, the Mids will face four top-11 ranked schools during that three-day stretch in Northern California. Pacific leads that group as the Tigers finished runner-up to Southern Cal in the 2013 National Championship game.
Back on the East Coast, Navy will conclude its regular season with six CWPA Southern Division games over the span of Oct. 4 through Nov. 1. Road meetings at Bucknell on Saturday, Oct. 4 and at Princeton on Sunday, Oct. 5 begin the final portion of league-play. After three weeks off, the Mids close with back-to-back weekends of contests versus Johns Hopkins and George Washington. On Saturday, Oct. 25, Navy will head to Baltimore to play Johns Hopkins before traveling down the Beltway to Washington and a matchup with the Colonials. The following Saturday, Nov. 1, the Mids will welcome both squads to Annapolis.
Postseason play for Navy begins on Friday, Nov. 7 with the CWPA Southern Division Championship. The three-day, 12-team tournament will be hosted by Princeton at DeNunzio Pool. Two weeks later on the weekend of Nov. 21 through 23, the CWPA Championship will be held at Navy's Lejeune Hall. Similar to the Southern Division Championship, the CWPA Championship will consist of three days of action amongst the 12 highest ranked teams across the CWPA membership.
In 2013, the Mids won the Southern Division Championship and finished third at the CWPA Championship. Overall, Navy completed its 2013 season with a record of 19-15 courtesy of 10 wins in its final 11 matches. The Mids return an experienced corps that saw just one 50-plus point scorer graduate. Led by honorable mention All-Americans rising juniors Carl Dowzicky (58g-16a) and Carpenter Warren (53g-13a), six athletes return after posting 50 or more points in 2013. Defensively, rising junior Garrett Sabesky will be back in goal after earning CWPA Southern Division First Team honors last year.
All home games for the Midshipmen this season will be held in Lejeune Hall as Scott Natatorium will be undergoing renovations.