Water Polo Heads West for Gary Troyer Tournament
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy water polo team heads to Claremont, Calif., to take part in the Gary Troyer Tournament hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6-7. The Mids (6-9, 1-5 MAWPC) open the tournament with a pair of matches on Friday, taking on Air Force (1:30 p.m. ET) and La Verne (5:15 p.m. ET). The Midshipmen close out the two-day tournament against Chapman (1:30 p.m. ET) and tournament-host No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer (10:15 p.m. ET) on Saturday.
Navy holds a 21-8 advantage over Air Force in the all-time series, while the Mids are knotted at one match apiece with La Verne. The Midshipmen's match with Chapman will mark the first time the two teams will meet in the water polo pool. The overall series with Pomona-Pitzer is also tied at one match apiece.
Last weekend, Navy closed out the regular season home portion of its schedule with a pair of matches. The Mids fell to Wagner, 15-6, before posting an impressive 10-4 win over Johns Hopkins in the nightcap.
Against the Blue Jays, the Midshipmen were firing on all cylinders putting up a terrific effort on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Jared Castillo (League City, Texas) finished the match with three goals for a hat trick, while Francis Kim (Houston, Texas) picked up the win at goal, notching 14 saves, while surrendering just two goals. For his efforts between the pipes, Kim was named the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Air Force enters the weekend with a 2-9 overall record with a majority of the losses coming at the hands of ranked opponents. The Falcons are receiving votes in the Collegiate Water Polo Association national poll. Air Force has won back-to-back matches against Navy over the last two seasons, snapping a Mids' 10-game winning streak that dated back to the 2001 season.
La Verne (3-6) will play Iona on Thursday, prior to competition in the Gary Troyer Tournament. Over the past week, the Leopards posted a 17-7 victory over Caltech on Saturday, before dropping an 18-8 decision to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday. La Verne won the first meeting in the series with Navy, notching a 9-6 win in 2000. In the second meeting between the two teams in 2012, the Mids posted a 19-6 victory to even the all-time series.
Chapman has a 5-9 overall record heading into the Gary Troyer Tournament. The Panthers will take on Connecticut College and Fresno Pacific on Friday before facing Navy on Saturday. The match will mark the first ever meeting between the two programs.
Tournament-host Pomona-Pitzer enters the weekend with a 5-8 overall record and ranked 19th in the CWPA national rankings. The Sage Hens have posted three consecutive victories heading into the tournament, including a 23-7 road win over Occidental in their last outing. Pomona-Pitzer will take on Fresno Pacific, Air Force, and McKendree before closing out the Gary Troyer Tournament against Navy. Navy won the first meeting between the two teams 14-8 in 2010. The following season, the Sage Hens notched a 10-7 win to even the series.