ANNAPOLIS, Md. --
Navy water polo coaches Mike Schofield and
Mladen Stanicic announce their 2010 recruiting
class, which features 10 players from four states and one
international country. The freshmen reported for plebe summer and
the Naval Academy's Induction Day on June 30.
After seeing its three-year run as Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern champions end a year ago, Schofield believes the group can help Navy return to the top in the fall of 2010. Five players come from talent-rich California, while four players arrive from emerging water polo states Maryland and Pennsylvania. In addition, one player, Giorgi Tsurtsumia, hails from the Republic of Georgia as an international student.
"It's a smaller group than we are accustomed to having, but we look forward to integrating these guys into what we feel is a pretty good nucleus returning," said Schofield, who owns a 553-216 record entering his 26th year at Navy. "We are interested to get them in the mix and see what they can do."
Navy returns several key players from last year's team, but Schofield figures there are a few players in the class that will contribute immediately.
"We have a pretty diverse group of guys coming from all over America," said Schofield. "We don't care where they are from as long as they can play."
2010 Navy Water Polo Recruiting Class
In addition, Navy has announced its
2010 fall schedule, which once again, features some of the top
teams in the country. Navy begins the season on September 4-5, by
hosting the Navy Open. The next weekend, Navy travels to the
Bucknell Univeristy Invitational, where it will face Queens College
(N.Y.), St. Francis College (N.Y.), Diablo Valley College, Brown
University and Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College.
Navy will then head west the next weekend for the NorCal Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. The tournament will likely feature the strongest field of the season. Last year's tournament had 14 of the top 16 teams in the country competing.
Navy will host rivals Bucknell and Princeton University on September 25, for its first CWPA Southern Division home games of the year. Navy's final home games will come on October 30, when it hosts George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University in a pair of league games.
Navy will begin postseason play by hosting the CWPA Southern Division Championship on November 5-7, at Scott Natatorium in Annapolis. Navy has won 12 of the 17 Southern Division championships the league has contested.
The CWPA Eastern Championship will be held at Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., on November 19-21, while the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship will be held at the University of California in Berkeley, Calif., on December 4-5.
Navy went 22-9 a year ago and reached the finals of the CWPA Eastern Championship. Schofield returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad.
Release courtesy Navy Athletic Communications