The Eagles were able to build on their 2015 success, claiming the New England Division Championship and finsishing 9th place at Nationals! The team's path started all the way back in August, the week before classes started, with two aday practices supplemented by intense drylands led by Clifford/Gannon Inspirational Player award winner Brendan Koch. As the season progressed, BC went on to go 4-0 in the BU tournament and 3-1 in the Yale tournament. The only regular season loss came at the hands of Dartmouth College, who the boys ended up beating in the conference championship.
To complete the season, Boston College went 3-1 at the CWPA Club National Championships. In their first game, they were met by emerging varsity program McKendree University. McKendree proved to be the teams toughest competition of the weekend as BC fell 12-10 in overtime. Although playing well at times, BC was inconsistent in their execution against a well conditioned McKendree team and failed to get the win. This loss was followed by three dominating wins against Duke, Notre Dame and Grand Valley State. Each travelling player was able to contribute quality playing time.
We would like to express a big thanks to all the family, friends and alumni that donated in order to fund the team's trip to Nationals and Notre Dame.
The CWPA announced the Scholar Athlete teams for the 2015 Collegiate Club season on Wednesday, February 17th. The three teams are Outstanding (Cumulative GPA of 3.71-4.0), Superior (3.41-3.70), and Excellent (3.20-3.40). A grand total of 19 Eagles were named to all three.
Three players were named to the Outstanding Team: Senior Alex Ogura and Sophomores Ryan Corl and Trevor Prince. Ogura plans to graduate this May with majors in Finance and Information Systems and a minor in Classical Studies. While at Boston College, he has dedicated all four years to the Water Polo team, and is currently the President of the Investment Banking, Sales, & Trading Club. Corl is a member of the Carroll School of Management Honors Program and plans to graduate with majors in Accounting and Business Analytics and a minor in History. Prince is currently the Treasurer for the team, and plans to graduate with majors in Finance and Marketing and a minor in Math.
For a full list of all of the Scholar-Athletes for this season, please visit the CWPA's website here.
At the team banquet in January, the team elected juniors Sean Fisher (left) and Nick McSweeney (right) as the captains for the 2016 season. Fisher was the treasurer and McSweeney the secretary for this past season, both vital roles for the operation and success of the team. Together, they scored 31 goals and made 13 assists in the Eagles' 11 games. Sophomore Trevor Prince was also appointed to succeed Fisher as treasurer.
The Eagles also voted on the annual team given awards. Dan Kelly '16 was named the Most Valuable Player. He led the team in ejections drawn with nine, had 16 goals, and 13 assists. Colin Derdeyn '19 was awarded Rookie of the Year and led the team in steals with 13, scored 15 goals himself and assisted 13 others. The Most Improved award was given to Scott Carlson '17 who scored 9 times, had 9 assists, and made 6 steals. Bennett Cooper '16 received the Clifford/Gannon Inspiration Player Award, an award given to the player who most motivates and unites the team. Finally, Doug Gorman '17 received the Ernst Character Award, which is awarded to the player who most embodies the spirit of the team. A list of every award various Eagles received this season may be found on the awards page.
We are proud to finally unveil the new bcmenswaterpolo.com! In development since November, we have put countless hours into improving the website originally designed by Dan Kelly '16 almost three years ago. We have not simply changed the looks, we have added additional content and simplified navigation.
One of the main updates we would like to highlight is the new history page, found under the "About Us" tab, which puts together decades of articles and memories into a page describing the club's journey over the years. In addition, the new blog feature will allow us to update our fans, friends, and alumni in a more detailed manner than we can on social media. This will compliment the monthly newsletter while allowing for a quicker production time than 30 days.
Other features we have included are a game roster, with numbers, years, and positions for spectators to be able to use during games, as well as a recruits page for prospective water polo players.
Please take a look around and let us know what you think. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts or suggestions, or post in the comments below.
While BC’s season ended far sooner than the team would have liked, the Birds are very excited to work hard for the spring season and for next fall.
All of the players could not have performed as well as they did without the loving support of all of their family and friends. The parents went above and beyond by traveling to multiple tournaments, and often feeding the team. A special thank you to the team photographer – Susan Carlson (mother of Scott Carlson ‘ 15), who took pictures at every tournament. These pictures are uploaded to the gallery section of the website.