GW Men's Water Polo Earns At-Large Bid to CWPA Championship
Colonials Seeded Ninth, Will Face No. 8 Johns Hopkins in First Round
Nov. 13, 2013
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The George Washington men's water polo team has earned an at-large bid to next weekend's CWPA Championship hosted by Brown University. The Colonials will be the No. 9 seed in the 12-team field and will face eighth-seeded Johns Hopkins in the tournament's first game on Friday at 10 a.m.
Northern Division champion and 13th-ranked St. Francis College is the top seed in the three-day tournament, which takes place Nov. 22-24 at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, while Southern Division champ and 16th-ranked Navy is the No. 2 seed and Northern and Southern Division runners-up Harvard and Bucknell - ranked 17th and 19th nationally - earned the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively. Twentieth-ranked Brown (5th), 18th-ranked Princeton (6th), Mercyhurst (7th) and Johns Hopkins (8th) also earned automatic berths. GW (9th), MIT (10th), Iona (11th) and Fordham (12th) round out the field as at-large teams.
The top six seeds were based on the top three finishing teams at each division championship, while Mercyhurst and Johns Hopkins, the fourth- and fifth-place finishers from the Southern Division, were guaranteed slots in the field but fell into the mix with the four at-large teams for seeding between Nos. 7-12. The at-large picks were selected by the CWPA Varsity Governance Council.
Formerly known as the CWPA Eastern Championship, the tournament has been expanded from eight to 12 teams this season, with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The Colonials last advanced to the CWPA Championship in 2007 when they placed third for the program's best-ever finish.
GW (14-13) is 1-2 against Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins (17-9) this season. The teams last met on Sunday in the Southern Division Championship fifth-place game, which the Blue Jays won, 9-7.
The winner of Friday's GW/Johns Hopkins game will face St. Francis on Friday at 3:20 p.m., while the loser will take on the loser of the Princeton/Fordham match on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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