The University of Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo Team took second place in the 2015 Women’s National Collegiate Club Water Polo Championship.
The Irish first faced off against No. 17 Dartmouth College with a score of 12-1 in the opening round of the 2015 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship at Middlebury College. Notre Dame Goals: Ellen Dowling (6); Colleen Fricke (3); Megan McAveeney; Maddie Renezeder; Samantha Henze Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (10) Player of the Game: Ellen Dowling
In the next round, Notre Dame defeated New York University with a score of 12-5 in the quarterfinals. Notre Dame Goals: Ellen Dowling (6); Colleen Fricke (2); Maddie Renezeder (2); Megan McAveeney; Samantha Henze Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (8) Player of the Game: Ellen Dowling
In the semifinal game, the Irish beat out defending National Champion/No. 4/Southwest Division Champion San Diego State University with a score of 13-6. Notre Dame Goals: Ellen Dowling (6); Maddie Renezeder (3); Colleen Fricke (2); Megan McAveeney; Kathleen Schiavenza Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (9) Player of the Game: Ellen Dowling
In the University of Notre Dame’s second title game, the Irish lost to No 1.-ranked Sierra Pacific Division Champion, University of California, with a final score of 11-5. Notre Dame Goals: Samantha Henze; Kathleen Schiavenza; Ellen Dowling; Colleen Fricke; Megan McAveeney Notre Dame Goalie Saves: Caley Martinez (9)
At the end of the Tournament, Notre Dame’s Ellen Dowling made All Tournament First Team, Goalie Caley Martinez made All Tournament Second Team, and Coach Brian Coughlin was named All Tournament Outstanding Coach
Thank you to all the parents, friends, and fans of the University of Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo Team for the continued support throughout the season.
The Fighting Irish begin the 2015 season with the CWPA Midwest Qualifying tournament this coming weekend. Lindenwood University will be hosting at the Rec Plex Center in St. Peters, MO. Calling all the St. Louis Irish fans to come out and cheer for the Women’s Water Polo Team! See the “Schedule” page for more details regarding game times.
Though the weekend was cold and wet, the Notre Dame Women’s Water Polo team celebrated it’s 20th Water Polo Season with a reunion. It started off with a scrimmage/game of sorts at Rolfs Aquatic Center. The first half was alumni vs. current players. The alumni had strong representation with members from the classes of 2003 to 2014 and only lost by two points to the current players. The second half of the game put even graduating years against odd graduating years, blending alums with current players. This resulted in a tied game at the end of two quarters, leading to a man-up/man-down best of five for each team. The odd years won by 1 point! Goes to show that our “legendary” coach, Brian Coughlin, hasn’t changed strong methods throughout the years with such evenly matched games. The following day, many players met up at the Harig Family Tailgate to get ourselves energized to cheer on the football team. The weekend provided a great opportunity for current players to connect with alums and for the alums to reconnect with the glory days of years past. We look forward to having another reunion opportunity, potentially next year. The difficulty with scheduling the exact weekend has to do with organizing around the swim team’s schedule. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it out and to the Harig family for welcoming us to your tailgate on Saturday! Go Irish!