Fall 2014 Tournament Schedule

Middlebury Natatorium

Middlebury will host two of the three league tournaments for the Men’s Fall 2014 New England Division Season.

This season’s tournament dates have been finalized. They are: Sept. 27/28th Middlebury College; Oct. 11/12th Middlebury College; and Oct. 25/26th Boston University (League Championships). As in previous years, Middlebury will also play in an invitational tournament in Ottawa, CA on Oct. 4/5/6th.


2012 League Schedule

The CPWA has posted our Fall 2012 Schedule. We have a lot of early games this year, but the championship tournament (held at Middlebury) depends on what seed we get. Here’s the schedule, with our games in bold:


Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
10:00 Wesleyan University vs. Middlebury College
11:10 Boston College vs. Boston University
12:20 Dartmouth College vs. Yale University
2:10 Boston College vs. Middlebury College
3:30 Boston University vs. Dartmouth College
5:10 Middlebury College vs. Yale University
6:20 Wesleyan University vs. Boston College
8:10 Boston University vs. Yale University
Sunday, September 23, 2012
9:00 Wesleyan University vs. Dartmouth College
10:10 Boston University vs. Middlebury College
Noon Dartmouth College vs. Boston College
1:10 Wesleyan University vs. Yale University
Boston University, Boston, Mass.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
12:20 Boston University vs. Middlebury College
1:30 Dartmouth College vs. Wesleyan University
2:40 Boston College vs. Yale University
4:00 Middlebury College vs. Dartmouth College
5:10 Boston College vs. Wesleyan University
6:25 Middlebury College vs. Yale University
7:30 Boston University vs. Dartmouth College
8:50 Wesleyan University vs. Yale University
Sunday, October 7, 2012
12:20 Middlebury College vs. Boston College
1:30 Boston University vs. Wesleyan University
2:40 Yale University vs. Dartmouth College
4:00 Boston University vs. Boston College
New England Championship
Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Teams are divided into brackets based on their won/loss records during the season:
Bracket A Bracket B
1st Seed 2nd Seed
4th Seed 3rd Seed
5th Seed 6th Seed
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Game No.
Noon 1st Seed vs. 5th Seed 1
1:15 2nd Seed vs. 6th Seed 2
3:00 4th Seed vs. 5th Seed 3
4:15 3rd Seed vs. 6th Seed 4
6:00 1st Seed vs. 4th Seed 5
7:15 2nd Seed vs. 3rd Seed 6
Sunday, October 21, 2012 Game No.
9:20 1st in Bracket A vs. 2nd in Bracket B 7
10:30 1st in Bracket B vs. 2nd in Bracket A 8
11:40 3rd in Bracket A vs. 3rd in Bracket B Fifth Place
1:30 Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 Third Place
2:40 Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 First Place
Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host team always wears dark caps and is listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.

Olympic Polo Recap

The past week has been an exciting time for USA Water Polo in the London Olympics. After close wins against Montenegro and Romania, the Men’s team took a commanding 13-7 win from the British host team. However the Americans took two tough losses against traditional powerhouses Serbia and Hungary to finish off group play. As a result of these losses, the US started bracket play as the fourth seed and faced the undefeated Croatia first. Today in elimination play, they struggled against the younger Croatians and quickly got into a 5-0 hole. After climbing back to 5-2, the Croatians shut the door and delivered a crushing 8-2 victory (recap). After seven months of training together in hopes of bringing back gold, Captain Ryan Bailey and the Men’s team will return empty handed.

The US Women have been playing truly exciting matches all week long, and with better results. In three games of pool play, they beat perennial favorite Hungary and newcomer China by one goal each, and tied a strong Spanish team. This set them up for a tough match against the Italians, but they shut down the opponents’ veteran starts to cruise to a 9-6 victory. The Americans fought a hard semifinal match against the Aussies, and were nearly assured a victory when the Australian captain hit the crossbar with a shot still trailing by one in the final seconds. But with one tick left on the clock, the American coach accidentally called for a timeout without possession of the ball, an automatic penalty shot for the Australians. They converted the shot and forced the US to play overtime, where first-time Olympian Maggie Steffens and veteran Kami Craig scored to keep the victory intact. In an evenly matched duel versus Spain for the gold medal, the 19-year old Steffens simply took over the match, scoring 5 goals against the fierce defense in a decisive 8-5 win. It was a good effort for the first Spanish women’s Water Polo team, but an even better effort for the Americans who bring home the program’s first-ever gold medal.

As fun as it was to watch both teams play in London, both TV and print coverage demonstrated a general lack on knowledge and respect for the game. Not one game was shown in prime time and when they were covered, were often botched. As if they didn’t know the length of a timeout, NBC constantly came back from commercial a minute into the action, with the announcers summarizing two possessions of play in one sentence. They often had awful camera angles in critical moments, or simply displayed irrelevant graphics over game-changing plays. And while the teams were fighting for gold in London, writers in the US  (who probably only watch the sport once every four years) debated the importance of physicality in Water Polo and the existential meaning of one breast popping out during live, underwater coverage of the first US-Spain game. While the wardrobe malfunction was front-page news for the New York Times, the women’s gold medal, sadly, was not.