Water Polo Opens MAWPC Tournament Play with Wagner
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy water polo team begins play at the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Championship tournament on Friday as the program looks to earn the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Championship. Hosted by the Midshipmen at the Lejeune Hall, eight teams will vie for the chance to be crowned champion. The action will run over three days beginning on Friday, Nov. 17 and culminating on Sunday, Nov. 19.
The Mids enter the tournament seeded fifth with an 8-15 record and 1-9 mark in MAWPC play. The team last played two weeks ago on Saturday, Nov. 4 in the Bronx, N.Y. against Fordham (L, 12-8).
Mids in Postseason Play
Navy played 34 seasons in the Collegiate Water Polo Association before the league split into the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference and the Northeast Water Polo Conference prior to the 2016 season. The Midshipmen were the champion a league-high nine times in conference tournament action with its most recent title coming in 2008. In Navy’s 35 years of involvement in the event dating back to 1982, the team posted a 74-33 record and .692 winning percentage.
Navy’s Route to a Title
The Mids open championship play on Friday at 4:30 p.m. versus the fourth-seed, Wagner (12-16, 5-5 MAWPC). This will be the third meeting of the year between the Mids and Seahawks. Wagner earned a 11-10 victory over Navy in September at the Princeton Invitational and claimed a 15-6 win over the Mids in Annapolis in October.
The winner of the Navy-Wagner matchup would move on to play the victor of the (1) Bucknell / (8) Mercyhurst game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., while the loser would fall into a consolation game that is to be played at 1:30 p.m. on the same day.
After two days of competition and eight games are complete, the finals will begin on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and culminate with the title game at 1:30 p.m.
The overall seeds for the CWPA Championship are as follows: (1) Bucknell, (2) George Washington, (3) Fordham, (4) Wagner, (5) Navy, (6) Johns Hopkins, (7) Gannon, and (8) Mercyhurst.
Navy Versus the Field
As members of the eastern division of the MAWPC, the Mids have played each of the top six seeds twice and recorded a 1-9 mark with a victory over Johns Hopkins (W, 10-4). Gannon and Mercyhurst competed this season as members of the MAWPC-West. Navy did not compete against Mercyhurst during the season, but posted a 13-10 victory over Gannon on Sept. 3 at the Navy Open.
Quoting the Coach
Head Coach Mladen Stanicic on this weekend's tournament…
“We are excited as we are getting ready to host the top eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference at Lejeune Hall. There will be some high level collegiate water polo showcased all weekend. Our focus is on our first opponent, No. 4 seed Wagner. We expect a close and competitive game. That is as far as we're thinking. One game at a time.”
Price of Admission
For fans making the trip down to Annapolis for the championship weekend, general admission ticket prices are $10 per day and $25 for a weekend pass to the games on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Navy faculty, staff, administration, and students, along with senior citizens, receive a discounted rate of $5 per day and $12 for a weekend pass.
Due to the Naval Academy being an active United States Military installation, fans should be aware of the need to park off the Academy's grounds and walk through the Main Gate / Visitors Center to gain admission. Valid ID is required.
Fans who cannot make the trip to Navy will be able to follow all the action online as the MAWPC Championship will be live-streamed by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Multimedia Department on a pay-per-view basis via the league's broadcast platform on Stretch Internet. Fans can access the streaming coverage by CLICKING HERE and signing up for either individual games ($10 per game) or a weekend pass ($25) that allows unlimited viewing on the tournament throughout the weekend.
All contests to be held at Navy's Lejeune Hall
Friday, November 17
Game 1 – 3:00 p.m.: (1) Bucknell vs. (8) Mercyhurst
Game 2 – 4:30 p.m.: (4) Wagner vs. (5) Navy
Game 3 – 6:00 p.m.: (2) George Washington vs. (7) Gannon
Game 4 – 7:30 p.m.: (3) Fordham vs. (6) Johns Hopkins
Saturday, November 18
Game 5 – 1:30 p.m.: Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 1
Game 6 – 3:00 p.m.: Loser of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3
Game 7 – 4:30 p.m.: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2
Game 8 – 6:00 p.m.: Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4
Sunday, November 19
Game 9 – 9:00 a.m.: Loser of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 5 (7th Place)
Game 10 – 10:30 a.m.: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 (5th Place)
Game 11 – 12:00 p.m.: Loser of Game 8 vs. Loser of Game 7 (3rd Place)
Game 12 – 1:30 p.m.: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 (1st Place)