Practice Has Begun!

The first few weeks of practice have been awesome! We are so glad to see many new members joining us in the pool as we get back in shape for this year.

Check out some photos of the team having fun in the locker room and at a team dinner!

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DWWP finishes out a strong season!

Another great season on the books!

Congrats to senior Emily Robertson (#7) and freshman Emily Zurcher (#6) on being selected to the New England All Conference Second Team! Even though we’re already missing our amazing seniors, we’re looking forward to next year.

Thank you Katherine Flessel, Adina Harri, Jessie Jones, and Emily Robertson for all of your heart, time, and friendship the last four years!!

DWWP wins New England tournament and is headed to Nationals in Pittsburgh!

 

The Dartmouth women had an exciting tournament this past weekend at Williams College, defeating Williams 17-3, BU 9-8 in the quarterfinals, and Wesleyan 14-8 in the finals to take the New England division championship title and earn a bid to Nationals in Pittsburgh (May 4-7)! We are so proud of how far our (small but mighty) team has come this year, and we are looking forward to matchups against teams from all over the country in a few weeks at Nationals.

This Weekend: DWWP’s First-Ever Home Tournament!

This upcoming weekend is an exciting time for the Dartmouth Women’s Water Polo Team, because we will be hosting our first-ever home tournament!

The tournament will take place both this Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center (UVAC) in White River Junction, VT (about a 10 minute drive from campus) and will include all the teams in our league. We would love as many familiar faces, family, and fans as possible to be there to cheer us on! This is our final tournament before New England Champs and we are so excited to have the opportunity to host all of our peers this weekend.

Dartmouth will be playing 4 games in total over the course of the weekend:

Saturday at 9:00 AM vs. US Coast Guard Academy
Saturday at 2:50 PM vs. Williams College

Sunday at 12:30 PM vs. University of Massachusetts
Sunday at 4:00 PM vs. Wesleyan University

Feel free to join us at as many or as few of these matches as you can, and we hope to see you there!

Results from the First New England Conference Tournament of the 2015 Season

Fresh off of a great experience at Princeton last weekend, the team once again packed up the caps and balls, this time heading to Middlebury for the first New England Conference Tournament of the 2015 season. We arrived on Friday night, getting some extra time for team bonding – we all shared a few laughs watching “50 Shade of Grey” at the local movie theater, followed by an awesome team dinner where we had a few more laughs. After, we headed to sleep early, knowing we had a big day ahead of us.

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Saturday morning we had a big breakfast at our hotel before driving to the beautiful Middlebury Natatorium, where the tournament was already underway. Our first game was against the home team, the Middlebury Panthers. Although the Panthers got out to a quick lead, the Big Green managed to put away a couple of goals, making the final score 7-3, Middlebury. After a delicious lunch from Noonie’s Deli (a DWWP classic), the Big Green faced off against the squad from Boston College. Both the Dartmouth offense and defense were much more coordinated and generally looked a lot better in this game; the Big Green beat the Boston Eagles 6-2. Although exhausted, the Dartmouth women only allowed 3 goals from Northeastern in their final game of the day, a true testament to the Big Green defense and goal tending prowess by Shelley Wenzel ’14 (#1). Happy with the final score of 13-3, the Dartmouth women made it back to the hotel, ready to get some rest before their final game on Sunday.

With only a single game on Sunday, the Big Green was motivated to play their best against University of Massachusetts. Although off to a slow start in the first quarter, the Big Green ended up with a very productive offense later in the game, with goals flying into the cage left and right, including from Adina Harri ’18 (#5) – her first ever water polo goal – and several from Carolina Ardila-Zurek T’16 (#10). Although tired, the team was happy with the 11-1 final score and even happier to be headed back to Hanover! We are so excited to have started the season off so well, and even more excited to play the next New England Conference Tournament at our own Upper Valley Aquatic Center Pool in White River Junction, VT the weekend of April 11th.

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For the CWPA schedule and scores, please visit this site.

Results from the First Annual Women’s Ivy League Water Polo Tournament

This weekend, the Dartmouth Women’s Club Water Polo Team traveled down to Princeton, NJ to compete in the first annual Ivy League Water Polo Tournament. While it was a long drive down to New Jersey, Fanis kept one car entertained by alternating classic American and Greek music. After arriving safely and soundly, the team crashed, wanting to rest up for the start of the season the next day.

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The team was in high spirits as we approached the beautiful DeNunzio Pool Saturday morning, ready to play well and climb the club team tournament bracket. In our first game of the day, the Big Green faced off against the Columbia Lions. With some great offense and amazing defense, Dartmouth got out ahead quickly with two goals from captain Cat Donahoe ’15 (#10) in the first quarter. Two more Dartmouth goals came from Katie Lachance ’15 (#3) and freshman Emily Robertson ’18 (#17) before Columbia snuck a shot past Big Green goalie Shelley Wenzel ’14 (#1). Other than a few lucky shots, Wenzel was an amazing goalie throughout the game; even after she took a shot to the nose, Donahoe was only in the cage for a few minutes before Wenzel was back. Offensively, Big Green goals continued to hit the back of the Lion’s net, with additional goals coming from Caitlin Flint ’16 (#6) – her first! – Margaret Rollins ’15 (#2), and Meghan Christie ’17 (#8). Overall, it was a great opening game for DWWP with a final score of 11-3.

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The Big Green faced the Cornell Big Red next, again getting out to a quick lead and holding it there with fantastic defense; at the end of the first quarter, the score was 2-1 and by the end of the game it was 6-3. Although the team was tired, we were excited by how well we’d played for the first day of the first tournament of the season (and the first game of water polo ever for some, including freshman Adina Harri ’18 (#5)!). After a wonderful dinner – thanks to the Rollins family! – we went back to the hotel to crash and prepare for facing varsity teams the next day.

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Having won the club bracket, Dartmouth Women’s Water Polo faced off against Division I Varsity teams on Sunday: first the host team Princeton, and then Harvard. While outmatched, the Big Green showed a lot of effort and character throughout the games; Dartmouth lost to Princeton 12-1 and Harvard 14-0. Still, happy and proud of their performance, the team headed back to Hanover to prepare for the upcoming weekend, the first conference tournament of the year. We hope to see some family and friends at Middlebury and thank you so much to our fans – the Rollins and alumna Grace McDevitt ’14 included – who came out to support us this weekend!

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Back in the Pool…

The Women’s Water Polo Team will be making a splash this week as we start our off-season conditioning. Our practice times for this term are:

Thursdays, 7:45-9:15

Sundays, 6-7:30

See you there!

Congratulations, Meghan and Shelley!

The CWPA announced the 2014 Women’s Club All-American Team. Meghan Christie (’17, #8) earned a spot on the second team and Shelley Wenzel (’14, #1) received an honorable mention. Meghan is joining Haley Carstensen (’12) as the only two members of Dartmouth’s squad to rank on the second team in the past 5 years (Haley earned her spot in 2012). Also, this is the third time that Shelley has received an honorable mention (also in 2011 and 2013). Congratulations, Meghan and Shelley!

For the CWPA’s full announcement, visit here.

Congratulations to the 2014 Women’s Club All-Conference Team!

The CWPA recently named 199 women to the 2014 Women’s Club All-Conference teams. Congratulations to the Dartmouth players selected for the New England Division teams:

Most Valuable Player

Meghan Christie (’17, #8)

First Team

Shelley Wenzel (’14, #1)

Meghan Christie (’17, #8)

PJ Bigley (’17, #15)

Second Team

Lisa Rennels (’14, #9)

Amelia Nobel (DMS, #10)

For more information and a full listing of all honored scholar-athletes, please visit here.

 

End of the Season Banquet

Following the tradition set by years past, after the season was over, the team held their annual banquet at Stella’s, a restaurant in Lyme.

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The team shared some final laughs (and tears), as senior & captain gifts, paper plate awards, jokes, and concluding remarks were exchanged. While a good time was had by all, it was definitely sad to say good by to those who will not be playing with us next year:

Grace Russo (’14, #1A), Grace McDevitt (’14, #4), Kellie MacPhee (’14, #5), Lisa Rennels (’14, #9), Amelia Nobel (‘DMS, #10), Kristen Flint (’14, #12), and Meredith Sweeney (’14, #17)

We will miss you all so much – Dartmouth Women’s Water Polo will not be the same without you!

Looking forward to next year, leadership for the upcoming season was also elected. Congratulations to:

Captains Margaret Rollins (’15, #2) and Cat Donahoe (’15, #11)

President Katie Lachance (’15, #3)

Social Chair Meghan Christie (’17, #8)

Apparel Chair Hallie Huffaker (’17, #19)

Webmaster Abby Reynolds (’17, #14)

We can’t wait for next year!

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