No. 16 Water Polo On The Hunt For CWPA Championship Beginning Friday
Senior captain Sean McDonald will look to lead the Mids to their 10th CWPA title and an NCAA berth.
Nov. 21, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 16 Navy water polo team will look to continue its eight-game winning this weekend at the CWPA Championship tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 22 and concluding on Nov. 24. The second-seeded Mids are coming in as the CWPA Southern Division Champions after knocking off four teams in three days at Lejeune Hall, Nov. 8-10. Navy will meet the winner of the first round (7) Mercyhurst - (10) M.I.T. matchup at 4:40 p.m. on Friday.
Hosted at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center in Providence, R.I., the winner of the CWPA Championship will earn an automatic bid into the 2013 NCAA Tournament, that's to be held Dec. 5-8 in Palo Alto, Calif.
Fans attending the CWPA Championship can pay for either a three-day tournament pass ($25) or a one-day pass ($10) for the tournament. All tickets are available at the door as there are no advance ticket sales for the tournament.
The CWPA will also be streaming the entire 20-game event at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass. Links to the CWPA's video stream can be found on NavySports.com
Navy at CWPA Championship
The Mids will be making their 32nd all-time appearance at the CWPA Championship. Since 1982, Navy has won a conference-best nine titles, including three straight in 2006-2008. Prior to last year's 1-2 result and sixth-place finish, the Mids had followed up its 2008 title with three consecutive runner-ups in 2009-2011.
Overall, Navy has posted a 67-26 (.720) record in CWPA Championship play. The Mids have had the least success all-time with St. Francis Brooklyn (7-5) and Brown (9-5)
Last Time Out
The Navy water polo team (17-14) went 4-0 during the CWPA Southern Division Championship tournament at Lejeune Hall, Nov. 8-10. Coming in as the fifth-seed, the Mids easily defeated the 12th-seeded PSU Behrend team before running off three consecutive wins over higher seeded teams, (4) Johns Hopkins, (1) Princeton and (2) Bucknell.
After beating the top-seeded Princeton Tigers, 12-10 on Saturday night, Navy came back on Sunday afternoon and earned a 9-8 victory over Bucknell on the strength of a 5-0 third quarter run that turned a 6-3 deficit into an 8-6 lead. Will Weggeland notched the game-winning goal for the Mids in the fourth quarter as they held on for the 14th CWPA Southern Division title in program history.
For the tournament, sophomore Carpenter Warren led Navy with 12 points on 10 goals and two assists. Weggeland (7g-2a-9p), Thomas Patterson (5g-2a-7p) and Robert Sutherland (6g-1a-7p) aided Warren and the rest of Navy's offense with strong performances.
In goal, sophomore keeper Garrett Sabesky made 47 saves, had four steals and allowed just 27 goals over the run of games.
In recognition of their success, Warren was named the CWPA Player of the Week, while Sabesky was acknowledged on the conference's Defensive Player of the Week Honor Roll.
Navy versus the field
The Mids have played 11 of the competitors in this weekend's 12-team field during their 2013 season. Navy posted a 10-9 record versus those 11 programs. Seven of the team's 10 wins over CWPA opposition have come consecutively in the past four weeks.
Sept. 7 - Iona - W, 16-9
Sept. 8 - Fordham - W, 12-11
Sept. 13 - vs. Iona - W, 14-6
Sept. 14 - at Brown - L, 12-10
Sept. 14 - vs. Harvard - L, 13-10
Sept. 15 - vs. St. Francis Brooklyn - L, 11-9
Sept. 21 - Bucknell - L, 8-6
Sept. 21 - Princeton - L, 12-7
Sept. 22 - at George Washington - L, 14-13
Sept. 22 - at Johns Hopkins - L, 22-17
Oct. 12 - at Bucknell - L, 11-10
Oct. 12 - at Princeton - L, 16-11
Oct. 26 - St. Francis Brooklyn - W, 14-9
Nov. 1 - Mercyhurst - W, 13-9
Nov. 2 - George Washington - W, 16-12
Nov. 2 - Johns Hopkins - W, 12-8
Nov. 9 - Johns Hopkins - W, 11-9
Nov. 9 - Princeton - W, 12-10
Nov. 10 - Bucknell - W, 9-8
Quoting the Coach
Interim Head Coach Stanicic on this weekend's competition...
"We are in about as good a position as we can be going into the Championship, but in a tournament where Mercyhurst is #7 and MIT is a #10 seed, no game will be easy. We will play a winner of that match-up in our first game. No team will have an easy job getting to the finals or even the semifinals. That said, if we bring our A game, we can go far. We will we do our best to continue playing in December."
Friday, November 22, 2013
G1 - 10:00 a.m. (8) Johns Hopkins vs. (9) George Washington
2 - 11:20 a.m. (7) Mercyhurst vs. (10) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
3 - 12:40 p.m. (3S) Princeton vs. (11) Iona
4 - 2:00 p.m. (3N) Brown vs. (12) Fordham
5 - 3:20 p.m. (1N) St. Francis vs. G1 Winner
6 - 4:40 p.m. (1S) Navy vs. G2 Winner
7 - 6:00 p.m. (2N) Harvard vs. G3 Winner
8 - 7:20 p.m. (2S) Bucknell vs. G4 Winner
Saturday, November 23, 2013
9 - 11:00 a.m. G1 Loser vs. G4 Loser
10 - 12:20 p.m. G2 Loser vs. G3 Loser
11 - 1:40 p.m. G5 Loser vs. G8 Loser
12 - 3:00 p.m. G6 Loser vs. G7 Loser
13 - 4:20 p.m. G5 Winner vs. G8 Winner
14 - 5:40 p.m. G6 Winner vs. G7 Winner
Sunday, November 24, 2013
15 - 9:00 a.m. G9 Loser vs. G10 Loser - 11th Place
16 - 10:20 a.m. G9 Winner vs. G10 Winner - 9th Place
17 - 11:40 a.m. G11 Loser vs. G12 Loser - 7th Place
18 - 1:00 p.m. G11 Winner vs. G12 Winner - 5th Place
19 - 2:30 p.m. G13 Loser vs. G14 Loser - 3rd Place
20 - 4:00 p.m. G13 Winner vs. G14 Winner - 1st Place