BALTIMORE, Md. -- Johns Hopkins University will serve as host of the 2008 Division III Eastern Championship on October 25-26.
The Blue Jays will square off with Collegiate Water Polo Association rivals Connecticut College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College and Washington & Jefferson College to decide which small college program is the best in the East.
Hopkins, which elected not to compete in the 2007 Division II/III Championship at MIT, will look to capture its'11th Division III title as the Blue Jays had appeared in every Division III championship game leading into the 2007 season. In the history of the championship, Hopkins recorded victories in the 1994-96, 1998-99, 2001-02 and 2004-06 title tilts as the Jays have accounted for over half (59 percent) of the titles.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology should give the Blue Jays a run this year as the Engineers enter the 2008 tournament following a 20-10 victory over Washington & Jefferson College in the 2007 title game. Overall, MIT is the second most successful program in the history of the Division III Eastern Championship taking the 1991, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2007 crowns while appearing in 12 title games.
An MIT-JHU title game match-up would not be unexpected as the Engineers and Blue Jays have clashed 12 times (1991, 1994, 1996, 1999-2006) with Hopkins capturing eight of the meetings.
Washington & Jefferson College, which became the first school other than MIT, JHU or Washington and Lee (1992-93, 1995, 1998), to appear in the title game last year will seek to join the Engineers, Blue Jays and Generals (1992-93) as the only schools to win a Division III Eastern title this year.
Penn State University-Behrend and Connecticut College, which placed fourth and third a year ago, will also look to move up and play for the title.