George Washington University Releases 2009 Men's Schedule
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The George Washington University Department of Athletics and head coach Scott Reed have released the Colonials' schedule of games for the 2009 men's water polo season.
A member of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division, GW will open the year on September 5-6 at the Navy Open on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy with hopes of reaching the league's Eastern Championship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on November 20-22 and potentially the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship on December 5-6 at Princeton University.
Following the season-opening tournament at Navy, the Colonials will return to the Academy for a neutral site game versus the University of California-San Diego on September 11. George Washington will then travel north to Princeton to take part in the Princeton Invitational on September 12-13 with non-league games against Havard University, Fordham University, MIT and Santa Clara University on tap.
One week later, George Washington will return to the Garden State to compete in the 2009 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship at Princeton on September 18-20.
Bucknell University will host the Colonials on September 26 in GW's first Southern Division contest of the year before George Washington goes back to Princeton for a league game against the Tigers and a non-league game versus Iona College on September 27.
The program will take its' longest road-trip of the year less than a week later as GW goes to the West Coast to compete in the Claremont Convergence on October 2-3.
Five days later, it is back to league competition as Bucknell invades Washington on October 8 before Johns Hopkins University hosts the Colonials on October 9.
After a week off, the team will return to competition at home against Princeton (October 17) before travelling to Navy for a league game against the Midshipmen and a non-league contest versus the United States Air Force Academy on October 18.
George Washington will wrap-up the regular season with a pair of league home games on October 28 and 31 as the Colonials will host Johns Hopkins and Navy, respectively.
The postseason will begin on November 6-8 as George Washington and the rest of the Southern Division travel to Bucknell University for the division championship tournament. If GW can finish among the top four teams in the division, the Colonials will return to the Eastern Championship after placing third at the 2007 tournament at Harvard University.
If the Colonials can advance to and capture the Eastern Championship, George Washington will travel back to Princeton for the fourth time to compete as part of the 2009 NCAA Championship field.