BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — The “Flashback Friday” series continues with the 2007 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship title game pitting the Midshipmen of the United States Naval Academy versus the Terriers of St. Francis College Brooklyn. The game was held on November 18, 2007, at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.
Senior George Naughton was the star of the game for Navy as he made 20 saves in cage to claim Player of the Game honors, while Aaron Recko tallied four goals as the Midshipmen rallied back from a 3-1 deficit in the first quarter to defeat the Terriers.
The championship marked Navy’s second in as many years as the back-to-back titles were the sixth Eastern winning streak in Collegiate Water Polo Association history. Previously, the University of Massachusetts (1993-96, 1998-99), Navy (1986-1988), Brown University (1983-85), Bucknell University (1977-80) and Yale University (1972-74) accomplished the feat since the first Eastern Championship was held in 1972.
Further, the title was the eighth Eastern Championship in the career of head coach Mike Schofield and the United States Naval Academy as the Midshipmen and Schofield become the all-time leader in the history of the championship, breaking the mark of seven titles held by the University of Massachusetts.
Following the game, Schofield was honored as the Coach of the Tournament, while Recko received the Tournament Most Valuable Player Award. The award marked Recko’s second consecutive MVP honor as he garnered the accolade in 2006 at Princeton University following Navy’s 2006 Eastern Championship.