BRIDEGEPORT, Pa. -- St. Francis College, Princeton University, Brown University, Bucknell University, Fordham University, the United States Naval Academy, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University earned spots in the 2010 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship set for November 19-21 at Bucknell University's Kinney Natatorium by way of finishing among the top four at the Northern or Southern Division Championships over the weekend.
The tournament will pit a nine-time champion (Navy - 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008), a five-time champ (Bucknell - 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980), a four-time champion (Brown - 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985), a three-time champion (Princeton - 1992, 2004, 2009), a solo champ (St. Francis - 2005) and three teams seeking their first league titles (Johns Hopkins, MIT, Fordham).
Based on last year's Eastern Championship in which Princeton captured the crown and the conference's automatic bid to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Southern Division champion (Princeton) receives the No. 1 seed and will meet the No. 4 seed out of the Northern Division (MIT) in the opening game at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 19.
The rest of the first round meetings pit Brown (Northern Division runner-up) versus the Navy (Southern Division third place) at 1:00 p.m., with the Northern Division champion St. Francis clashing with Johns Hopkins (Southern Division fourth place) at 2:30 p.m. The final game of the opening round fittingly pits the host Bison of Bucknell (Southern Division runner-up) versus Fordham (Northern Division third place) at 4:00 p.m.
Following the first round of the championship, the CWPA will conduct its annual Men's Eastern Championship banquet at which the 2010 Northern and Southern All-Conference, Most Valuable Players, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year will be announced. In addition, the newest member of the CWPA Hall of Fame, Chris Judge of Fordham University, will be inducted into the league's Hall of Fame.
Saturday, November 20, begins with the league's Eastern Clinic in which two-time Olympian and Gold Medalist Brad Schumacher, co-founder of Kap 7, will host a water polo clinic.
Sponsored by American Water Polo, the clinic is open to all male and female athletes between the ages of 10-18 and will run from 8:45 to 11:15 a.m. at a cost of $65 per person. Individuals who attend the clinic will also receive four tickets for the Eastern Championship, a CWPA media guide and championship program, a league T-shirt and a photo with Brad Schumacher.
Following the clinic, an All-Star game between All-Star players from Eastern High Schools will be held running from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at a cost of $65 per person. Competing players were selected by their coaches.
Collegiate competition resumes at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m. with the consolation semifinals to decide which teams advance to the fifth and seventh place games, before the winners of the games from Friday clash at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with spots in the Eastern Championship title game at stake.
Sunday, November 20, brings the placement contests as the seventh (10:00 a.m.), fifth (11:30 a.m.) and third (1:00 p.m.) place finishers will be decided before the title tilt at 2:30 p.m. with the CWPA Eastern Championship and NCAA Tournament berth on the line.
Ticket prices for all spectators are $15 per day or $25 for the tournament (kids under 12 are free), while Bucknell faculty, staff and students are $5 per day and $12 for the tournament.
If you can not make it to Lewisburg for the East Coast's biggest water polo championship, do not worry. The CWPA, in partnership with Stretch Internet, will be live streaming all 12 games live on Friday-Sunday for the league's fans at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass that allows viewers to watch every game from the comfort of their home or office. In addition, each game will be archived so that fans can catch up on the action if they miss a game.
To access the stream click on the Game Central link below or go to http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/cwpa.portal?mode=link#