BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) releases an updated 2022 Men’s Collegiate Club Great Lakes Division schedule.
Due to Xavier University being removed from the schedule following the September 24-25 weekend at the University of Dayton, the division membership decreases to nine teams as Grand Valley State University, Illinois State University, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Miami University (Ohio), the University of Cincinnati, the University of Dayton and Washington University in St. Louis remain. Due to the loss of Xavier – and the decision of Miami (Ohio) to not attend the division championship on Saturday-Sunday, October 22-23, Washington in St. Louis, Mo., the teams are once again divided into Northern and Southern Regions for seeding purposes.
Competition began on Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25, as Notre Dame hosted a 10-game tournament with Loyola, Grand Valley State, Illinois State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Notre Dame, Ind., while Dayton was the site of a 10-game event in Dayton, Ohio, with Cincinnati, Washington (Mo.), Miami and Xavier.
For the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, at Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind., the schedule changes as Grand Valley State, Illinois State, Loyola, Washington (Mo.), Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the host Irish will compete in a 12-game event. The tournament is significantly smaller than the previously slated crossover between the Northern and Southern teams – as only Washington from the South will join with the Northern quintet in the final regular season weekend of the 2022 campaign in the Great Lakes Division. Due to this, Washington’s games will not count towards either the Northern or Southern Region standings.
Due to time constraints, games will utilize six-minute quarters with no overtime and teams limited to one 30-second timeout per half.
Following the loss of Xavier and the election of Miami to not compete at the division championship, the Great Lakes Championship is reworked to an eight-team, 12-game affair with the five Northern Division teams and the three remaining Southern Division squads competing at Washington in St. Louis on October 22-23.
The victor of the division championship earns an automatic berth to the 2022 Men’s National Collegiate Club Championship slated to be hosted by an institution in the Northwest Division on Friday-Sunday, November 11-13. Further, the team which finishes in the middle of the final Great Lakes Division standings will have the opportunity to compete at the inaugural National Invitational on a date and at a site to be determined against teams that claimed the top spot in the lower half of their divisions. One final championship opportunity remains as Washington in St. Louis could compete at the Division III National Collegiate Club Championship on Saturday-Sunday, October 29-30, at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.