The Crimson line up poolside before entering the water for a game in 2009 (photo courtesy of Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Blodgett Pool and the Harvard men's water polo team host the 2010 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) men's water polo championship beginning Friday.
The 12-team seeded tournament will run through Sunday. Harvard, seeded 10th, will hit the pool at 4:30 p.m. Friday against seventh-seeded MIT. Navy is the defending champion, but will not be in this year's tournament.
|3 p.m.||Game 1||No. 8 Iona vs. No. 9 George Washington|
|4:30 p.m.||Game 2||No. 7 MIT vs. No. 10 Harvard|
|6 p.m.||Game 3||No. 6 Fordham vs. No. 11 Mercyhurst|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 4||No. 5 Brown vs. No. 12 Washington & Jefferson|
|9 a.m.||Game 5||No. 1 Bucknell vs. Winner of Game 1|
|10:20 a.m.||Game 6
||No. 2 Princeton vs. Winner of Game 2|
|11:40 a.m.||Game 7
||No. 3 St. Francis vs. Winner of Game 3|
|1 p.m.||Game 8
||No. 4 Johns Hopkins vs. Winner of Game 4|
|2:20 p.m.||Game 9
||Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 4|
|3:40 p.m.||Game 10
||Loser of Game 2 vs. Loser of Game 3|
|5 p.m.||Game 11
||Loser of Game 5 vs. Loser of Game 8|
|6:20 p.m.||Game 12
||Loser of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 7|
|7:40 p.m.||Game 13
||Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 8|
|9 p.m.||Game 14
||Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 7|
|9 a.m.||11th Place||Loser of Game 9 vs. Loser of Game 10|
|10:20 a.m.||9th Place||Winner of Game 9 vs. Winner of Game 10|
|11:40 a.m.||7th Place||Loser of Game 11 vs. Loser of Game 12|
|1:00 p.m.||5th Place||Winner of Game 11 vs. Winner of Game 12|
|2:20 p.m.||3rd Place||Loser of Game 13 vs. Loser of Game 14|
|3:40 p.m.||Champion||Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 14|
Voith Selected as COOP Athlete of the Week
Senior co-captain Bret Voith had a solid all-around weekend in the pool at the Princeton Invitational, leading the Crimson to a thrilling, 9-8, win over George Washington and near upsets of nationally-ranked Cal Baptist and Princeton.
Voith totaled five goals, four assists and five steals in four games over the weekend, including three goals against No. 18 Princeton in the Tigers' home pool Saturday night in a televised game. Voith tallied one goal, one assist and three takeaways in Harvard's 9-8 win against George Washington Sunday afternoon to close out the tournament.
Voith's honor follows a Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Player of the Week nod for fellow senior Alex Thompson, earned Sept. 7.
About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with approximately 300 member institutions ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. The ECAC administers over 80 championships in 37 sports. ECAC website
The Crimson (2-4) went 1-3 at the prestigious Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J., last weekend. The team took on three nationally-ranked teams in No. 13 Santa Clara, No. 17 Cal Baptist and No. 18 Princeton, and narrowly defeated a tough George Washington squad, 9-8. Harvard last hosted the ECAC championship in 2008. The Crimson has a 2-10 record in the ECAC championship since 2006. Harvard's best finish at the ECAC championship is a fourth-place finish in 2002.
Three seniors have been doing it all so far for the Crimson: Voith, Thompson and Jeff Lee. All three of them have 10 goals apiece. Thompson leads the team in steals with 10, followed by Voith with nine. Voith also leads the team in assists with six, followed by Lee with five.
The Rest of the Field
No. 20 Bucknell
The Bison (7-2) wrapped up hosting their own Bison Invitational last weekend, going 4-1 with a 9-5 loss to No. 16 St. Francis on Sunday. Bucknell is led in scoring by Richie Hyden (16 goals) and Beau Caillouette (15 goals).
No. 17 Princeton
The Tigers opened 2010 last weekend by hosting their own Princeton Invitational at DeNuzio Pool and going 3-1 with an upset, 11-9, win over No. 13 Santa Clara, as well as a narrow, 14-9, win over Harvard after trailing 6-5 to the Crimson at halftime.
No. 13 St. Francis
St. Francis saw its streak of five straight ECAC titles end in 2009 when Navy took home the championship. The Terriers (6-0) are undefeated so far this season with big wins over nationally-ranked Bucknell, Navy and Cal Lutheran.
The Blue Jays (4-4) also participated in the Princeton Invitational last weekend, going 1-3 after opening the tournament with an 8-3 win over Iona.
The Bears (4-2) opened their season with four straight wins, including an 11-7 exhibition victory over the Boston Metro Elite water polo club, before splitting four contests at the Bucknell Invitational last weekend.
Fordham (4-5) participated in two invitationals, Navy and Princeton, to start off its season. The Rams have fallen just short of victory several times against ranked teams, including an 11-10 loss against No. 14 Navy and a 13-9 overtime loss to No. 13 Santa Clara last week at the Princeton Invitational.
The Engineers (1-1) took a week off after hosting their own MIT Invitational to start 2010. MIT suffered a close, 12-11, loss against No. 14 St. Francis in its season opener, but rebounded to defeat Cal Lutheran, 9-5.
The Gaels (0-3) opened their season last weekend at the Princeton Invitational and took three tough losses, the last a one-goal, 12-11, loss to George Washington.
The Colonials (3-5) have experienced close losses and narrow wins this season, including a last-minute, 9-8, defeat at the hands of Harvard at last week's Princeton Invitational. George Washington freshman Daniel Tyner has been named the CWPA Southern Division Rookie of the Week for two straight weeks and leads the Colonials with 20 goals and 12 assists.
Mercyhurst also took last week off in preparation for this week's ECAC championship after opening the season at the Navy Invitational. The Lakers (2-2) split their four games there, notching wins against Washington & Jefferson and George Washington, 17-10, and 5-3, respectively.
Washington & Jefferson College
The Presidents (0-2) opened their season last weekend with games against Mercyhurst and Gannon, falling by scores of 17-10 and 9-6.
The Crimson will continue its homestand next week with two games Saturday, Sept. 25, against Fordham and Iona, as it opens CWPA Northern Division play. The schedule continues the following week with a non-conference matchup against MIT Saturday, Oct. 2.