DIGEST: Men’s Varsity Season Opens Coast to Coast

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Day one of the 2016 men’s intercollegiate varsity season is in the books with dozens of matches from Rhode Island to San Diego. There were few surprises as the traditional powers continued to display why they’re on the top, and newcomers struggled. But the season will be an historic one with those new additions and a significant change in the way teams are organized across conferences. A sample of coverage from the first day of fall varsity water polo:

McKendree Water Polo Splits Inaugural Matches With LaSalle and Princeton University Men’s Water Polo
McKendree University men’s water polo began their inaugural season Saturday with a win against LaSalle University and a loss against Princeton University at the Navy Open in Annapolis, Md. The Bearcats started on a strong note by defeating LaSalle 16-8 before falling to Princeton, 18-6.

Local roundup: No. 4 Pacific men’s water polo wins twice – Sports – recordnet.com – Stockton, CA
The fourth-ranked Pacific men’s water polo team got the 2016 season off to a good start by sweeping its first two games at the Bruno Classic in Providence, Rhode Island.The Tigers (2-0) routed St. Francis of Brooklyn, New York 13-4, then defeated No. 16 Johns Hopkins 19-3 in the nightcap.Ikko Saito scored three goals to lead Pacific against St. Francis. Aleksander Petrovic had two goals and three assists, Engin Ege Colak had two goals and Luis Araya had two goals and one assist.

No. 6 UCSB Opens the Season 2-0 at the Triton Invitational – UC Santa Barbara
The No. 6 UCSB men’s water polo team (2-0) started the 2016 season on the right foot after posting back-to-back offensive clinics against Pomona-Pitzer and No. 15 Air Force at the Triton Invitational. The Gauchos beat the Sagehens soundly 18-3 in the opener and later thumped the Falcons 20-11 to complete their Saturday sweep.

Air Force Water Polo splits opening tournament – KOAA.com | Continuous News | Colorado Springs and Pueblo
The Air Force water polo team, ranked 15th in the national preseason poll, opened the 2016 season by splitting a pair of games at the annual Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego, Saturday, S…

Fordham University Rams Athletics – Water Polo Splits Twinbill on the Opening Day at the Navy Labor Day Open
The Fordham water polo team began its 2016 season on Saturday at the annual Navy Labor Day Open in Annapolis, Maryland. On the opening day, the Rams split a pair of match-ups, falling to 11th-ranked Princeton, 17-10, while defeating La Salle, 23-5.

This Mendoza line raises the bar for Stanford water polo | News | Palo Alto Online |
The No. 5 Stanford men’s water polo team scored early and often, opening the season strong with a pair of double-digit victories on Saturday at the Triton Invitational on the UC San Diego campus.

Men’s Water Polo Opens Season With Two Wins at Bruno Classic – Bucknell University
Bison Defeat MIT 15-8 and No. 20 St. Francis Brooklyn 7-6

La Salle University Athletics – Men’s Water Polo Makes Debut in Navy Open
The La Salle men’s water polo team made its debut Saturday at the Navy Open. The team, made up of mostly freshmen and first-year players, played twice on the first day of the tournament and fell short in both games.

Navy Water Polo Opens Season with Pair of Victories
The Navy water polo team kicked off its 2016 season with a pair of wins on the first day of action at the Navy Open. The Mids recorded an 11-6 victory over Iona to start their Saturday before closing it out with an 11-8 triumph over Gannon University. Four goals by David Huber (Sr., Fort Washington, Pa.) in the first game and individual hat tricks by Jared Castillo (Jr., League City, Texas) and Tyler Zimmerman (Jr., McLean, Va.) in the second contest led the Mids offensively.

Minnis Makes History as No. 14 Men’s Water Polo Has Strong Showing at Bruno Classic – Harvard
The Harvard men’s water polo team defeated two nationally-ranked opponents and The Friends of Harvard Water Polo Head Coach Ted Minnis became the winningest coach in Crimson men’s water polo history on the opening day of the Bruno Classic.

Hopkins Falls to 14th-ranked Harvard, Fourth-Ranked Pacific – HOPKINSSPORTS.COM –
The Official Athletic Site of the Johns Hopkins University – The 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins water polo team faced a tough challenge on opening day, taking on 14th-ranked Harvard and fourth-ranked Pacific.

Wagner men’s water polo falls to Brown,14-5, in inaugural game | SILive.com
PROVIDENCE, RI. — The Wagner college men’s water polo team dropped its first game in program history, 14-5, at No. 13 Brown University Saturday morning in the 2016 Bruno Classic. The Seahawks return to action at 8:40 p.m. Saturday night when they face Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Devin O’Donnell recorded the program’s first-ever goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first quarter. O’Donnell was a major bright spot for the Seahawks as he would go on to score three more times in accounting for four of the Seahawks’ five goals. Trailing 9-1 at halftime, the Green & White won the first sprint of the second half before saving their best quarter for last as they outscored Brown 3-1 in the fourth. Freshman Matthew Miller recorded his first collegiate career goal to close the deficit to 14-3 before O’Donnell rounded out the scoring, notching his fourth and fifth goals of the contest, with 4:52 and 3:20 left to play in fashioning the final score at 14-5.

No. 2 Trojans Power Up For Perfect 2-0 Start To 2016 – University of Southern California Official Athletic Site
The No. 2 USC men’s water polo team pieced together a pair of powerful performances on opening day at the Triton Invitational. USC’s 2-0 start to 2016 came with a well-balanced start to the season, as the Trojans pinned up a 14-3 win over No. 8 UC Irvine and a 16-3 victory over No. 17 Cal Baptist in La Jolla. USC had nine different scorers strike the back of the net in each game, displaying the Trojans’ depth in this 2016 campaign.

No. 11 Men’s Water Polo Cruises To Three Wins at Navy Open – GoPrincetonTigers.com | Princeton Athletics
The Tigers defeated Fordham in the first match of the day, 17-10, before following that with a 20-2 victory over Penn State Behrend and 18-6 win over McKendree University. Princeton finishes the Navy Open against Salem International tomorrow at 9:20 a.m.

#4 Men’s Water Polo Cruises To Three Wins On Opening Day – Pacific
The No. 4 Pacific men’s water polo team romped to three wins at the Bruno Classic to open the 2016 campaign, outscoring opponents 47-11 in wins over No. 20 St. Francis Brooklyn (13-4), No. 16 Johns Hopkins (19-3) and No. 14 Harvard (15-4).