Middlebury Ends 1st Place in Division III Club New England Division

Team 2013

Caption: 2013 Men’s Water Polo Team

Middlebury Men’s Water Polo finished strong in their 2013 season. At the New England division championships at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, the panthers ended 3rd overall behind Dartmouth (Div I) and Boston College (Div I.) The panthers defeated Boston University, Wesleyan University, and Yale University comfortably, claiming 3rd place overall and 1st place for Division III New England league.

For more information on the season, visit http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org/club/Schedules/mensclub/2013/2013MenNewEnglandSchedule



Addison Independent

Water Polo gets some love in the Addison Independent. Especially Blake Harper. The picture title, however, confuses water polo with rain puddles.

Splish, splash


MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE HOSTED the National Collegiate Water Polo Club Championships on Saturday and Sunday. Middlebury and eight teams from around the country competed for the title, which was eventually won by Monmouth College. Panther goalie Blake Harper stops a shot during game one vs. Tufts. Middlebury lost, 11-12.

Independent photo/Trent Campbell


DIII Nationals at Middlebury

from the CWPA website:

The top small college collegiate club water polo programs in the nation will converge on the town of Middlebury, Vt. as Middlebury College hosts the 2012 National Collegiate Club Championship on Saturday-Sunday, November 3-4.

Featuring an expanded nine-team field compared to the previous championships eight-team format, the 2012 championship features the United States Coast Guard Academy (North Atlantic Division), Monmouth College (Heartland Division),Hamilton College (New York Division), Tufts University (North Atlantic Division), Wesleyan University (New England Division),Emory University (Southeast Division), Carnegie Mellon University (Mid-Atlantic Division), defending Division III National Champion Washington University in Saint Louis (Missouri Valley Division) and the host Middlebury Panthers in a 15-game tournament to decide which program is the best among the league’s Division III ranks.

Competition begins at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3 and runs until the final game on Day One at 9:30 p.m., with the five placement games slated for Sunday, November 4.

Among the nine competing squads, four hold previous Division III crowns as Middlebury (2003), Wesleyan (2004, 2005), Tufts (2009) and Washington (2011) have won the championship. In the history of the championship, Wesleyan (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), Middlebury (2003), Tufts (2009), Monmouth (2009, 2010) and Washington (2011) have 10 appearances in the 12 title games since 2000, while Hamilton, Coast Guard, Emory, Carnegie Mellon and Tufts striving for their inaugural finals berths in 2012.

Tickets for the championship are available at the door on the day of the event with a different pricing structure for Middlebury students/faculty/staff and the general public:

  • Middlebury Students/Faculty/Staff ($5 per day/$10 weekend pass)
  • General Public ($10 per day/$25 weekend pass)

For fans unable to attend the championship, the Collegiate Water Polo Association, in partnership with Stretch Internet, is offering a live Internet broadcast of all 15 competitions at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass that allows viewers to watch every game from the comfort of their home or office.  In addition, each game will be archived so that fans can catch up on the action if they miss a game. Fans can access the stream by clicking on the Multimedia tab on the Collegiate Water Polo Association website,http://www.CollegiateWaterpolo.org.

In addition to the championship coverage via the Internet, the Collegiate Water Polo Association is now offering DVD copies of every championship game on site for fan purchase.  Fans attending the championship can find out more information about the DVD packages offered by the league at the concessions table during the championship.

The largest single sports conference in North America, the Collegiate Water Polo Association is the largest water polo conference in the country with teams in 75% of the states nationwide. Including both intercollegiate varsity competition and club competition, it stands as the only conference of this type and the second largest geographic collegiate athletic association behind only the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

5th Place at New England Champs

This past weekend we took 5th at the New England Championships, held right here at MIDD. We faced two tough match ups on Saturday – against Boston College and Dartmouth – the eventual first and second-place finishes. The first game was against BC, and we kept the score close for the first half, with stellar defense and goalie play. With strong swimming and extra-man goals, BC slowly continued to add to their lead. They eventually won 10-4, although the game was much closer than the final score. After a short rest, Middlebury faced the eventual winners of the tournament, Dartmouth College. Despite a solid effort and many scoring opportunities, we were unable to convert our chances and ended the game 14-2.

On Sunday Middlebury fought for fifth place against Boston University (a school of 31,000 students). We jumped out to an early lead, capitalizing on strong outside shooting. At the half, the score was 6-1. In the second half BU cut into the lead by converting extra-man chances, as two Middlebury players were rolled (for three ejections). However, Midd scored again and played defense when it counted, holding on for an exciting 7-6 win to close the tournament. Dartmouth prevailed over BC in the championship game, earning themselves a trip to DI Club Nationals in Oregon.

Pictures coming soon.

Water Polo Dinner Saturday Night

During the New England Championship Tournament held at Middlebury this weekend, we’re hosting a Family and Alumni Dinner on Saturday Night. All current and former players from the Men’s and Women’s teams on campus for Homecoming Weekend are invited!

What: Water Polo Family and Alumni Dinner

When: Saturday 10/20, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mr. Ups

RSVP: Peterpdiprinzio@middlebury.edu

Final New England Champs Schedule at Middlebury

After the final regular-season league tournament at Boston University this past weekend, the CWPA has posted the final schedule for the New England League Championships, held October 20-21, right here at Middlebury College.

Saturday, October 20th at 7:30pm will be the Alumni and Parents Dinner at Mr. Ups. All parents, family and friends of the Men’s and Women’s teams are invited. Please email pdiprinzio@middlebury.edu to RSVP.

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 –
Yale University
2nd Seed –
Boston College
4th Seed –
Boston University
3rd Seed –
Dartmouth College
5th Seed –
Wesleyan University
6th Seed –
Middlebury College
Saturday, October 20, 2012 Game No.
Noon 1st Seed –
Yale University
vs. 5th Seed –
Wesleyan University
1:15 6th Seed –
Middlebury College
vs. 2nd Seed –
Boston College
3:00 4th Seed –
Boston University
vs. 5th Seed –
Wesleyan University
4:15 6th Seed –
vs. 3rd Seed –
Dartmouth College
6:00 1st Seed –
Yale University
vs. 4th Seed –
Boston University
7:15 2nd Seed –
Boston College
vs. 3rd Seed –
Dartmouth College
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. WinnerGame 8 First Place

DIII Nationals at Midd

The CWPA has oficially announced Middlebury’s hosting of Divison III Club Nationals, including tournament info, schedules, and lodging info. For fans who can’t make it up to Vermont, there will be a live stream available to watch (see below). You can see the full post on the CWPA website and the full schedule on the Schedules and Results page. Here are the key parts, including a glowing description of our pool:



BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) has released the schedule of games for the 2012 Men’s Division III National Collegiate Club Championship set for November 3-4 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt.


Featuring the top finishing Division III programs from the North Atlantic, Heartland, New York, Missouri Valley, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, New England Division, the runner-up finisher from the North Atlantic Division and the host Panthers, the tournament is comprised of 15-games over two days.

The tournament is expanded in both the number of teams and games from the 2011 field as eight teams and 12 games highlighted last year’s championship at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

The positions in the field are based on each competing division’s finish at the 2011 Division III National Collegiate Club Championship.  Final results from the 2010 Championship are available by CLICKING HERE.

All competition will occur in the Middlebury Natatorium as the 18-lane, state-of-the-art 50 meter-by-25 yard Olympic-size swimming pool opened in 1997 and has a seating capacity of 1,000 spectators.

Fans and participating teams can booked hotels rooms for the championship in advance as a 25-room block has been established at the Courtyard Marriott Middlebury. Rooms are available at a discounted cost of $119 per night beginning on Friday, November 2.

To book a room, fill out the CWPA Hotel Reservation form and a representative from the league’s accomodations partner BookMyGroup will be in contact with you.

The form is available at http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.org/Forms/HotelReservationForm

Division III National Collegiate Club Championship
(Directions / Hotel Information / Video Streaming )




Ottawa Schedule

For any fans/alumni in Canada…here’s our schedule for this weekend’s tournament in Ottawa. The Middlebury Women’s Team will accompany us on the weekend trip up north. The tournament is mainly for the women, but they’ve accomodated us so we can get some practice against Ottawa’s best Men’s teams.

2012 Apparel

This year we’re ordering t-shirt’s for team apparel. The sick design is below, and if anyone wants to purchase one they’re $16 each. We can ship them at cost if needed, and I can drop them off in NYC during fall break Oct 13-16. The deadline to order is this Thursday, 9/20. Send me an email at pdiprinzio@middlebury.edu