The Seahawks water polo team, which beat Villanova and Marist last weekend for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship, will face Indiana University this Saturday in one of two play-in games for the 2014 National Collegiate Athletic Association Water Polo Championships. Wagner will travel to Bloomington, Indiana for a 2 p.m. contest on May 3, with the winner drawing #1 Stanford.
Wagner’s 2014 MAAC championship, earned at the end of a 10-win streak, has led to the team’s first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2007. The team posted a 25-11 record for the season.
“Indiana is a good program, very well coached, and has a ton of quality players,” said Head Water Polo Coach Chris Radmonovich. “It will be a tough game for us, but I know our team will be well-prepared for the matchup.”
Indiana earns its third trip to the NCAA Tournament after posting a 22-5 record on the year, including a perfect 14-0 mark in the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The #12 Hoosiers knocked off Connecticut College 19-1 in the opening round of the CWPA tournament before topping #20 Michigan 14-7 in the semifinals. In the CWPA championship game, Indiana took down #9 Princeton 11-10 to earn a berth in the field.
Co-Captains Stacy McGregor and Rachel Burns are thrilled with the chance to compete on the NCAA stage.
“We are excited to play and have the opportunity to compete,” McGregor said. “We have been playing our best lately, and have earned it with the season we have had.”
“We have had such a strong team this year, and to continue on is something I’m looking forward to,” Burns said.
The winner of this game will take on the #1 overall seed Cardinals of Stanford University. Stanford is 22-1 on the season, with the Cardinal’s lone loss going to UCLA, who earned the #2 seed in the tournament.