CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Two tournaments and five games at Blodgett Pool highlight the Harvard University men’s water polo team’s 2011 schedule.
The Crimson will begin the season traveling to tournaments throughout the East Coast before diving into the conference and championship season in October. Harvard will host the Ivy League Championship and is tentatively scheduled to be the site of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship this fall pending approval of the Crimson bid package.
“I am looking forward to the upcoming season,” head coach Ted Minnis said. “We have made a few tweaks in the schedule to face some new and challenge competition. I can’t wait to see what the guys will do in the pool this fall.”
Harvard opens the season down the road at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Invitational on September 3-4. The Crimson will face the host Engineers on the first day of the meet. The following weekend, the Crimson travels to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton University Invitational to take on the Tigers, Fordham University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University of the CWPA Southern Division. At the North vs. South event at the United States Naval Academy, the Crimson is scheduled to play Southern Division foes Bucknell University, Gannon University and the host Midshipmen in potential preview matches for the league's Eastern Championship later in the season.
Harvard closes out its road trek at Fordham and Iona College on September 24 before kicking off a five game homestand on October 7 against MIT. Harvard will also play against Brown University, defending Eastern Champion St. Francis College (N.Y.), Connecticut College and Mercyhurst College from October 8-16.
The Crimson will use the Santa Clara University Tournament (October 21-23) and the Ivy League Championship (October 29-30) to gear up for the CWPA Northern Championship at MIT and potentially the CWPA Eastern Championship.
National powerhouses Stanford University and Pepperdine University are on the docket out for the West Coast along with the host Broncos. The Ivy Championship will feature the three varsity Ivy League teams (Harvard, Brown, Princeton) against club teams from the five remaining Ancient Eight school in the second annual league championship.
Harvard will need to finish among the top four teams at the Northern Division to earn a spot at the CWPA Eastern Championship, although a host team has never missed competing in the league's championship tournament.
Release courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications