Navy Leads Field for 2009 Men's ECAC Championship
CAPE COD, Mass. -- 2007 and 2008 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Champion The United States Naval Academy will lead the field at the 2009 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Men's Water Polo Championship on September 18-20 at Princeton University as the Midshipmen earned the No. 1 for the tournament.
Princeton University, Brown University, Bucknell University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fordham University, George Washington University, Harvard University and Connecticut College round out the No. 2-10 seeds as 10 of the CWPA's best will battle for early season bragging rights in a near certain pre-showcase of the 2009 Eastern Championship.
The first game of the three-day
championship will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18 and
features No. 7 Fordham University against No. 10 Connecticut
College. No. 8 George Washington University will face No. 9 Harvard
University in the second game slated for a 9:15 p.m. start.
Twelve games will be held on Saturday, September 19 with the first match of the day starting at 9:00 a.m. featuring No. 3 Brown University and No. 6 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. No. 2 Princeton University will face the Fordham University/Connecticut College winner at 10:15 a.m. and No. 1 United States Naval Academy will face the George Washington University/Harvard University winner at 11:30 a.m. No. 4 Bucknell University will face No. 5 Johns Hopkins University at 12:45 p.m. The six afternoon games are to be determined based on the morning results.
The championship game of the 10-team tournament will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20.
Teams were seeded based on their finish at the 2008 Eastern Championship hosted by Navy last year. The field was expanded to its current 10-team format by the CWPA league coaches at the organization's Annual Meeting in June from the previous eight team format. For teams which did not compete at the 2008 Eastern Championship, and to fill positions vacated by Eastern qualifying programs which will not compete at the ECAC Championship this year, place finish by the remaining eligiible programs determined which teams were added to the tournament field.
|Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.|
|Teams are seed based on their finish at the 2008 Eastern Championship; CWPA coaches voted to expand the field to 10 teams at the Annual Meeting from the previous 8 team field; Fordham Univeristy receives the No. 7 seed due to Iona College electing not to compete; George Washington University receives over No. 8 seed over Harvard due to position in final CWPA Poll of 2008; Harvard receives No. 9 seed as next highest finisher from Northern Division. (Harvard & GW were selected based on finish at the 2008 Northern & Southern Championships)|
|1st seed - United States Naval Academy||6th seed -
|2nd Seed - Princeton University||7th Seed - Fordham University|
|3rd Seed - Brown University||8th Seed - George Washington University|
|4th Seed - Bucknell University||9th Seed - Harvard University|
|5th Seed - Johns Hopkins University||10th Seed - Connecticut College|
|Friday, September 18, 2009||Game No.|
|8:00||7th Seed - Fordham||vs||10th Seed - Connecticut||1|
|9:15||8th Seed - George Washington||vs||9th Seed - Harvard||2|
Saturday, September 19, 2009||Game No.|
|9:00||3rd Seed - Brown||vs||6th Seed - MIT||3|
|10:15||2nd Seed - Princeton||vs||Winner Game 1||4|
|11:30||1st Seed - Navy||vs||Winner Game 2||5|
|12:45||4th Seed - Bucknell||vs||5th Seed - Johns Hopkins||6|
|2:00||Loser Game 2||vs||Loser Game 4||7|
|3:15||Loser Game 1||vs||Loser Game 5||8|
|4:30||Winner Game 4||vs||Winner Game 3||9|
|5:45||Winner Game 5||vs||Winner Game 6||10|
|7:00||Loser Game 3||vs||Winner Game 7||11|
|8:15||Loser Game 6||vs||Winner Game 8||12|
Sunday, September 20, 2009||Game No.|
|9:30||Loser Game 8||vs||Loser Game 7||9th Place|
|11:00||Loser Game 12||vs||Loser Game 11||7th Place|
|12:30||Winner Game 12||vs||Winner Game 11||5th Place|
|2:00||Loser Game 9||vs||Loser Game 10||3rd Place|
|3:30||Winner Game 9||vs||Winner Game 10||1st Place|