Water polo finishes strong in tournament

Courtesy of Louis Hamwey

NYU men’s water polo finished 3-1 in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Water Polo tournament this weekend. The tournament included five of the nine teams in the men’s New York State Division.

NYU routed the United States Merchant Marine Academy 19-3, outlasted RPI 14-11 and, for the first time in five years, beat Columbia University 12-9. Its only loss came against the United States Military Academy, with a score of 11-7.

Gallatin sophomore Ian Givant complimented the teamwork of the group.

“Everyone on the team is extremely dedicated and we all work really well together,” Givant said. “The entire team has been really supportive of one another and now all the hard work that we have all been putting in has started to pay off.”

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The New York division comprises three subdivisions. NYU belongs to the third subdivision, along with Hamilton and RPI.

Teams will vie for a chance to win their subdivision in the last tournament at Hamilton College on Oct. 25. Each subdivision winner will advance onto the national tournament.

NYU heads into the final tournament leading its subdivision, hoping to maintain its lead and continue on to the nationals.

Tisch senior Will Havercroft said the team is confident for their prospects in the next tournament.

“We’ve improved with every game, and are determined to make it to DIII Nationals,” Havercroft said.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Oct. 6 print edition.  Email the sports staff at [email protected]

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