Scarlet finishes regular season undefeated; Gray goes an even .500

For the second weekend of Great Lakes division play, the Buckeyes traveled to Notre Dame. Both teams would face Cincinnati, Illinois State, Grand Valley, and Notre Dame.

To start the weekend, the Scarlet team matched up with in-state foe Cincinnati. After taking a while to get the offense flowing, the Buckeyes pulled away for a 16-2 victory. Next up were the host Irish, and the Buckeyes used a strong defensive effort to come away with a 9-5 win. On Sunday, the Buckeyes would cruise to two more victories, defeating Illinois State 18-1 and Grand Valley 22-3. After going undefeated in division play, the Buckeyes will enter the Great Lakes championship as the top seed.

The Gray team opened up the weekend with games against the #2 and #3 ranked teams in the division, Notre Dame and Grand Valley. Unable to match the physicality of those experienced teams, Gray fell 6-13 to Notre Dame and 2-4 to Grand Valley. Gray would turn the tables on Sunday, where they defeated Cincinnati 8-4 and Illinois State 13-4.

The Buckeyes host the Great Lakes division championship on October 27-28. Scarlet will be the #1 seed and Gray will be the #4 seed. The winner of the division will qualify for the Collegiate Club National Championship in Tucson, AZ on November 9-11.

CWPA Great Lakes Division Play Begins for the Buckeyes

Over the weekend, the Buckeyes welcomed Dayton, Miami (OH), and Xavier into the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion for a weekend of Great Lakes division play. The first match up for the Buckeyes was against the Dayton Flyers. The Buckeyes jumped out to a fast start and never looked back, taking the victory 16-2. Next up was the Musketeers of Xavier; the Buckeyes’ strong defense earned them another win, this time by a score of 17-1. The last game of the day was supposed to be against the Miami (OH) Redhawks, but they decided to forfeit after falling to the Ohio State Gray team earlier in the day.

The Gray team had their strongest start to division play in recent history. Their first opponent was Xavier, who was able to keep it close, but the Buckeyes pulled away late to secure an 11-8 victory. The Buckeyes would next face Miami (OH), and they would again emerge victorious, winning 13-8. In their only game on Sunday, the Buckeyes came out flat against Dayton, falling 2-7.

This weekend, both Buckeye teams will head to University of Notre Dame for the second weekend of Great Lakes division play.

Buckeyes host Labor Day Tournament; Scarlet finishes undefeated, Gray goes 1-3

Over the holiday weekend, the Buckeyes hosted the Labor Day Tournament to kick off the season. The tournament was comprised of two Ohio State teams, Indiana University, Purdue University, Michigan State University, Washington University in St. Louis, two masters teams in the Ohio Squirrels and Columbus Masters, and a high school team named Columbus Juniors.

The Scarlet team kicked off the tournament against Purdue University. With most of last year's starters returning this season, the Buckeyes came out aggressively and defeated the Boilermakers 15-5. Their second game of the day was against last year's Big Ten 3rd place finisher, Michigan State. It was a defensive battle that was tied 4-4 at halftime, but the Buckeyes would shut out the Spartans in the second half to win 8-4. The final game of the first day for the Scarlet team was against the reigning DIII collegiate club national champion, Washington University in St. Louis. The Buckeyes had to overcome a slow start, but would eventually record a 17-5 win. On Sunday, the Buckeyes were matched up with the 2017 Big Ten runner-up, the Hoosiers of Indiana University. The Buckeyes won 8-4 to finish the tournament undefeated.

The Gray team welcomed many new faces to the team in their first games of the season, where their chemistry improved each game. The Buckeyes started the tournament against the Columbus Masters, comprised of many former Buckeyes, and were defeated 1-15. Next up was the Indiana Hoosiers and the Buckeyes were unable to keep pace, falling 5-12. On early Sunday morning, the Buckeyes got their first win of the season, defeating Purdue 9-5. To end the tournament, the Buckeyes matched up with Columbus Juniors. After falling behind early, the Buckeyes couldn't close the gap and fell 8-12.

Next up for both Buckeye squads is the beginning of the CWPA Great Lakes division play. The Buckeyes will host Dayton, Xavier, and Miami (OH) for 10 games on the weekend of September 29.

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Three Buckeyes Earn All-American for 2017 Season

Three Buckeyes were awarded All-American honors for their play during the 2017 season. Freshman Drew Wilson was awarded Second Team, while sophomore Alex Puthoff and senior Ryan Shepard were awared Honorable Mention selections.

The Buckeyes finished the year 21-6, CWPA Great Lakes Division champions, and placed 6th at the 2017 Collegiate Club National Championships.

Buckeyes Win Three, Lose One at UNC Spring Invitational

The Buckeyes traveled to Chapel Hill, NC to compete in the UNC Easter Invitational to cap off the 2017-18 school year. Their first game was again NOVA Masters of Washington, DC. In a very defensive game, the Buckeyes fell 3-5. 

The rest of their opponents were all college teams and the Buckeyes were victorious against all of them. First, the Buckeyes were able to cage the Nittany Lions of Penn State, winning 8-4. Then the Buckeyes cruised against the host Tar Heels, winning 13-6. On the final day of the tournament, the Buckeyes faced off with Army, narrowly winning 6-5.

The Buckeyes finish the year with a 21-6 record.

Buckeyes Travel to Cincinnati for Nutty Invite

CINCINNATI – The Buckeyes traveled to Cincinnati for the first tournament of the spring, which is often used as a time for the development of the younger players.

To start the Nutty Invite, the Buckeyes faced Moose Water Polo, a Cincinnati-based club preparing to compete in the USAWP ODP Championships. Their youth and conditioning was able to keep them in the game early, but eventually the Buckeyes prevailed 14-10.

Next up was the host Ohio Squirrels and the game would start with the Buckeyes jumping out to an early lead. But the Buckeyes weren't able to hold on and the Squirrels clawed back to take a lead late in the game, where the Buckeyes would fall 9-10.

In the last game of the day, the Buckeyes faced Wolverine Water Polo, a masters team from Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes found their groove in the last game of the day, winning 11-6.

On Sunday, the Buckeyes face a familiar foe, the Cincinnati Bearcats. Determined to end the tournament with a win, the Buckeyes held the Bearcats scoreless until the fourth quarter, securing a 15-3 victory.

All-Conference Awards Announced; 5 Buckeyes Honored

COLUMBUS – All-Conference selections were announced for the 2017 season and five Buckeyes were awarded with selections.

Coach James Dauphinee was awarded 2017 Coach of the Year for the Great Lakes division, his fourth time earning the award. Since the Buckeyes joined the Great Lakes division in 2011, Coach James has compiled a 58-15 record in CWPA play, led the team to three conference championships (2013, 2014, and 2017), and had three successful trips to the Collegiate Club National Championship: 11th in 2013, 5th in 2014, and 6th in 2017. Under his tutelage, there have been 7 All-Americans, 11 first team All-Conference selections, 9 second team, and two conference MVPs.

Ryan Shepard was named MVP of the Great Lakes division for 2017 season. Along with the award, he was also 1st team All-Conference. The senior out of Mission Viejo, CA led the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in the conference, allowing an average of just 4 goals per game. At the Collegiate Club National Championship, Shepard helped the team to a 6th place finish where he averaged 13 blocks per game. In 2016, Shepard earned second team All-Conference.

Freshman Drew Wilson and sophomore Alex Puthoff were named 1st team All-Conference selections while sophomore Jake Good was named 2nd team for the 2017 season. Earning the team's first championship since 2014, Wilson, Puthoff, and Good led an offense that averaged almost 11 goals per game. At the Collegiate Club National Championship, Puthoff scored 4 goals and Wilson scored to 2 goals in the Buckeyes' 6th place finish.

Buckeyes Place 6th at Collegiate Club National Championship

TALLAHASSEE – After winning the Great Lakes division, the Buckeyes traveled to Tallahassee, FL to compete in the 2017 Collegiate Club National Championship on November 10-12. The team arrived on Thursday and had a tune-up practice to prepare for their first game against Boston College.

Against Boston College, the Buckeyes fell behind 3-0 early in the first but after a timeout to regroup, they settled in to tie the game 3-3 at halftime. The Buckeyes would prove too much for the Eagles in the second half, with Ohio State earning a spot in the quarterfinals with a 8-6 win. Goalie Ryan Shepard led the defense with 11 saves and the offense had a balanced attack with goals from Alex Puthoff (2), Drace Penley (2), Youssef Azzazy, Drew Wilson, David Drewes, and Robert DiSalle.

The quarterfinals matchup was with Cal Poly, who had knocked off the reigning champs in their first round game. The Buckeyes were unable to get the offense going in the first half, falling behind 5-1 at halftime. In the second half, the Buckeyes outscored the Mustangs 5-2, but it wasn't enough to complete the comeback. Shepard finished the game with 14 saves, and goals were scored by Orion Swanson (2), Drace Penley, Nick Hallett, and Alex Puthoff.

The loss to Cal Poly put the Buckeyes into a position to earn a spot in the fifth place game by playing their arch rival, the Michigan Wolverines. The game was what one would expect of a rivalry game, with the teams trading leads throughout regulation to end 6-6 after four quarters. Overtime was all Ohio State, scoring two goals and holding the Wolverines scoreless to claim an 8-6 victory and a spot in the fifth place game. Shepard earned Player of the Game with 14 saves and the offense was very balanced again with goals by Orion Swanson (2), Youssef Azzazy (2), Alex Puthoff, Stephen Ioas, Drew Wilson, and Drace Penley.

The fifth place game would be against the Golden Bears of California. In a very defensive game, the Buckeyes struggled to get the offense going, falling 4-8 to finish 6th at the Collegiate Club National Championship. Shepard had 14 saves and goals were scored by Orion Swanson (2), Nick Hallett, and Stephen Ioas.

Buckeyes Win Great Lakes Division Championship!

The Buckeyes hosted the 2017 CWPA Great Lakes division championship on Oct. 21-22. The winner of the 9-team tournament would qualify for the Collegiate Club National Championship on Nov. 10-12.

The Scarlet (A) Buckeyes started off their championship run against the University of Dayton. Eager to execute to their full potential, the Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and defeated the Flyers 18-3. This led to a semifinal matchup with the Cincinnati Bearcats where the Buckeyes took care of business, winning 13-4. The victory set up a championship rematch against Grand Valley.

In the championship game, the Buckeyes found themselves in a defensive battle but built a 3-0 lead at halftime. The defense continued in the second half, but the Buckeyes traded goals back and forth with the Lakers, ending in a 5-3 win for the Buckeyes. This is their third championship in the past five years. The Buckeyes will enter the Collegiate Club National Championship as the #9 seed.

The Gray (B) Buckeyes also competed in the division championship tournament. Their first game was against the #2 seed Grand Valley State. After holding the Lakers scoreless in the first quarter, the Buckeyes couldn't keep up, ultimately falling 2-10. Their second game was against Miami, where the Buckeyes looked to avenge a 3OT regular season loss to the Redhawks. In a game full of defense, the Buckeyes couldn't pull off a victory and fell 3-4. Sunday was much more fruitful for the Buckeyes, as they dispatched Xavier 13-5 and Dayton 12-3 to finish seventh in the conference.

Buckeyes Wrap Up Great Lakes Division Regular Season

SOUTH BEND – The Buckeyes traveled to Notre Dame this past weekend for the second regular season Great Lakes division tournament. The division standings after this tournament determine the seeding for the division championship on October 21-22, 2017 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

To start the tournament, the Scarlet (A) Buckeyes faced in-state opponent Cincinnati. After trading goals in the early minutes of the game, the Buckeyes pulled away to win 13-4. Ohio State's second game of the day would be against undefeated No. 20 Notre Dame. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early 3-1 lead and never looked back. Behind strong team defense, the Buckeyes defeated the Irish 10-5. In their final game of the day, the Buckeyes matched up with Illinois State and won 10-1 to finish the regular season undefeated. This ensures Ohio State will have the top seed headed into division championships.

The Gray (B) Buckeyes began the weekend with a game versus Miami (OH). The Buckeyes used their youth and speed to jump out to a sizable lead, but the Redhawks clawed their way back into the game and tied it late in the fourth. After three overtime periods, the Buckeyes fell to the Redhawks, 12-13. The next game for the Buckeyes was reigning conference champion No. 8 Grand Valley. Unable to match up with the experienced Lakers, the Buckeyes lost 4-18. To close the regular season, the Buckeyes met the Flyers on Sunday morning and won convincingly 11-3. The Gray Buckeyes finish the regular season 2-6 in conference play and will likely be the seventh seed at division championships.

The Buckeyes' next action will be the 2017 CWPA Great Lakes Division Championship on Oct. 21-22, hosted by Ohio State at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Teams will be playing for a berth at the 2017 CWPA Collegiate Club National Championship on Nov. 10-12, hosted by Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

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Buckeyes Travel to Notre Dame for CWPA Action

COLUMBUS - The Buckeyes will travel to Notre Dame for the second CWPA Great Lakes division tournament on September 23rd and 24th. Between the two teams, the Buckeyes will play in six games over the two days.

The Scarlet Buckeyes will start the tournament against the Cincinnati Bearcats at 12:00 p.m., followed by No. 20 Notre Dame at 3:00 p.m., and will face Illinois State at 6:00 p.m. to conclude the weekend. Due to Xavier forfeiting the weekend, Ohio State's final game will be recorded as a 5-0 victory. The Buckeyes are currently tied with Cincinnati and Notre Dame for first place in the division.

The Gray Buckeyes will match up with Miami (OH) at 1:00p.m. on Saturday Sept. 23, No. 8 Grand Valley at 4:00 p.m., and Dayton at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 24 to conclude the weekend. Due to Xavier forfeiting the weekend, Ohio State's final game will be recorded as a 5-0 victory.

Teams will be seeded at the 2017 CWPA Great Lakes Division Championship based on their performance in both Great Lakes division tournaments. The championship will be held at Ohio State in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on October 21-22.

Scarlet Team Goes Undefeated in First CWPA Weekend, Gray Team Improves Team Play

COLUMBUS – Ohio State hosted the first of three CWPA Great Lakes division tournaments last weekend. The next tournament will be at Notre Dame this weekend, Sept. 23-24, followed by the division championships at Ohio State on Oct. 21-22.

The Scarlet team's first opponent of the weekend was the Dayton Flyers and the Buckeyes walked away with a 16-1 victory. The Buckeyes' second game of Saturday was against another in-state foe, Miami (OH). Overcoming a slow start, the Buckeyes won easily 14-5 to conclude their first day.

Sunday's main event would be a meeting between the Buckeyes and Lakers of Grand Valley, a rematch of last year's division championship game. Trading goals the whole game, the Buckeyes managed to score the final three goals of the game and take the victory, 9-7.

The Gray team went 0-3 over the weekend with losses to Cincinnati (5-8), Notre Dame (2-14), and Illinois State (4-8). With many 2016-17 Gray team members now contributing to the Scarlet team, the Gray Buckeyes were focused on becoming a cohesive unit and improvement was seen in every game.

The last scheduled game for the tournament was Scarlet vs. Gray, and is recorded as a 5-0 forfeit victory in favor of Scarlet to prevent goal manipulation, per CWPA guidelines.

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Ohio State Hosts Great Lakes Division Tournament this Weekend

Buckeyes open 2017 division play against Dayton at 11:00 a.m. at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

COLUMBUS – Ohio State opens the 2017 CWPA season this weekend at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes will open with Dayton at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 and will face Miami (OH) at 3:00 p.m. The Buckeyes will conclude with No. 9 Grand Valley at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 and a scrimmage with OSU-Gray at 3:00 p.m.

The Gray team Buckeyes will play Cincinnati at 12:00 p.m., No. 20 Notre Dame at 4:00 p.m., and Illinois State at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday. Ohio State will conclude the weekend with a scrimmage against OSU-Scarlet at 3:00 p.m.

Games will be running from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

The football team has a home game versus Army at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Please take that into consideration when traveling to campus.

The Buckeyes Host Labor Day Tournament this Weekend

Ohio State opens the 2017 season this weekend at the Labor Day Tournament at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes will open with 3-time defending national champions Lindenwood at 1:30 p.m. and will face 3-time defending Division III national champions Wash. U. St. Louis at 5:30 p.m. The Buckeyes will conclude the weekend with a Sunday morning game against Penn State at 9:00 a.m., followed by Lindenwood B at 1:00 p.m..

The Gray team will match up with Columbus Masters at 10:30 a.m., Michigan State at 2:30 p.m., and Lindenwood B at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday they will play Wash. U. St. Louis at 12:00 p.m. to end the weekend.

This weekend will serve as building block for the team as they prepare for the CWPA season, where both teams will look to improve upon their 2nd (Scarlet) and 7th (Gray) place finishes last year in the Great Lakes division.

Below is the full Labor Day Tournament schedule:

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Spring Semester Recap & Year Wrap-Up

After the fall season, where the Scarlet team finished 2nd in the division and Gray finished 7th, a number of individual awards were bestowed upon the Buckeyes.  Senior Matt Gustafson was named First Team All-Conference and junior Ryan Shepard was named to Second Team All-Conference as the goalie selection.

The team's success in the classroom was also recognized, the Buckeyes had the 12th best team GPA in the CWPA. Graduate students Miguel Garza and Daniel Kent, seniors Alex Severson, Carl Calcara, Drace Penley, Matt Gustafson, Stephen Maldonado, and Stephen Ioas, junior Nick Hallett, sophomores David Drewes and Andrew Alfred, and freshmen Alex Puthoff, Jacob Good, Luke Bockbrader, Robert DiSalle, and Ignatius Brossart were all recognized for their academic excellence.

While not the primary season, the spring still provides ample opportunities for the Buckeyes to play. The first opportunity was the Nutty Invitational, where both Scarlet and Gray competed. Scarlet team went 2-2 (L vs. South Florida WPC,  W vs. Team Chicago, W vs. Cleveland, L vs. Ohio Squirrels) and the Gray team went 3-1 (L vs. Dayton, W vs. Western Michigan, W vs. Xavier, W vs. Moose WPC).

The last two tournaments of the year, the Buckeyes traveled as one team. First up was the classic Dogwood Invitational. On a sunny Saturday, the Buckeyes beat University of Tennessee, Tennessee's Alumni, and Northwestern before falling to Columbus Masters in the evening. Sunday brought another match up with Tennessee Alumni, which the Buckeyes won handily to end the weekend.

Second was the Tar Heel Invitational at the University of North Carolina. The team started off beating the host Tar Heels, then fell to Triangle Water Polo, before defeating the University of Virginia and the Charlotte Sharks on Sunday.

The Buckeyes ended the year with a 21-7 record for the Scarlet team and a 7-12 record for the Gray team.

This year we have had many graduates. Michael Headlee and Dan DiSalle graduated in the fall, and this spring John Collier, Matt Gustafson, Drace Penley, Geoff Dickhaut, Carl Calcara, Daniel Hottois, Connor Aossey, Nico Salavaggione, and Alex Severson are all graduating. We wish them luck in their future endeavors.

Go Bucks!

Buckeyes Struggle During Their Championship Weekend

The Buckeyes have recently returned from a weekend at the University of Notre Dame, where the 2016 Great Lakes division championship was being hosted. Over the weekend, the Scarlet team finished second and the Gray team finished seventh.

To start the weekend, Scarlet met Gray in a first round matchup. A fun, intense game for all led to a 14-7 Scarlet victory and a spot in the semi-finals for Scarlet while Gray would battle for fifth through seventh. The next game for the Buckeyes would see the Gray team facing Miami (OH). After a close game earlier in the season, the Gray Buckeyes were eager to see what they could do. They were able to keep it close in the beginning but couldn't handle the intensity of the experience RedHawks in the latter part of the game, and the Buckeyes fell 8-15.

In the semi-final game, the Scarlet team would face in-state rival University of Cincinnati. Playing under a new coach, the Bearcats were fired up and came out strong, leading during part of the first quarter. The Buckeyes would overcome their slow start and run away with it, winning 12-4 and securing a spot in the Great Lakes division championship game on Sunday.

The Buckeyes battled the Lakers of Grand Valley State University for the championship. Unable to get the offense going, the Buckeyes fell into a 1-5 deficit at halftime. The Buckeyes were unable to claw their way back, eventually falling 4-9 and finishing second in the division.

To end the weekend, the Gray team faced Illinois State. Trading goals to start the game gave the Buckeyes an early lead, but they couldn't keep up with the Redbirds' counter attack. The Buckeyes would fall 7-14 and finish seventh.

The Scarlet team finishes the season 12-3 (9-2 CWPA) and the Gray team finishes 4-11 (4-7 CWPA).

Buckeyes finish regular season strong at home

Over the weekend, the Buckeyes hosted the last regular season games for the Great Lakes division. The Scarlet team went 4-0 while the Gray team went 3-1 to finish second and seventh in the conference, respectively.

The first game for the Buckeyes saw the Scarlet team taking on the University of Chicago. A deep bench allowed the Buckeyes to easily pull away, winning 21-5. Next up was the Gray team, who played in-state foe Xavier University. It was a hard fought battle but the Buckeyes pulled out a 10-8 win.

In the evening, the Gray team matched up against Illinois State, the third seeded team in the conference. After tying 3-3 in the first half, the Redbirds would pull away, and the Gray team fell 5-11. Scarlet would end the day with a 17-2 win over a Loyola University team that had no subs.

Early Sunday morning, the Gray team met University of Chicago. Eager to get back on track, the Buckeyes played hard and won 9-7, which included a buzzer beater goal from goalie Tyler McKenna. Next, the Scarlet team would face the Redbirds of Illinois State. Wanting to assert their dominance, the Scarlet team relentlessly attacked the Redbirds, resulting in a 19-5 victory. Due to Miami forfeiting their last game, the Scarlet team received a 5-0 forfeit victory to end the weekend.

The Gray team would end the weekend against an exhausted Loyola University, winning 20-5.

Gray team goalie, Tyler McKenna, would earn Player of the week honors for his stellar play over the weekend.

The Buckeyes will now make their final preparations for the Great Lakes Division Championship on November 5-6 at the University of Notre Dame. With the Scarlet team seeded second and the Gray team seeded seventh, they will open up the weekend against each other. 

Buckeyes compete in CWPA Great Lakes Tournament

On September 24th and 25th, the Buckeyes were at Miami University competing in their first CWPA tournament of the season. This weekend marked a big milestone for the club as two Ohio State teams will be competing in the CWPA for the first time ever.

The first game of the weekend for the Buckeyes saw the Scarlet team battling the Musketeers of Xavier University. After shaking off a bit of rust from the car ride, the Scarlet Buckeyes defeated the Musketeers 13-5. Immediately following the Scarlet game, the Gray team started their inaugural CWPA season against last year's runner-up, Grand Valley State. Not being able to match up with their experienced players, the Gray team fell behind 0-10 in the first half, but tied 3-3 in the second half to end the game 3-13.

Scarlet team's second game pitted them against in-state rival, University of Cincinnati. The Buckeyes came out firing and caged the Bearcats on defense, ultimately winning 10-4. Next up for the Gray team was host Miami, and the young Buckeyes showed much improvement but still fell 5-9.

The last game of the day for the Scarlet team was against Grand Valley State, a matchup that many speculate could be the championship game later in the season. It was a close game throughout, but a few mistakes for the Buckeyes lead to them falling 7-10. To end a very long day for the Buckeyes, the Gray team battled the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Buckeyes kept it close for most of the game, but were out swam towards the end of the game and lost 7-12.

Sunday meant only one game for each team, and this time Gray played first. Matched up against the Dayton Flyers, the Gray team got their first CWPA win by a score of 12-8. Scarlet team would end the weekend against conference rival Notre Dame. After being down 3-6 at halftime, the Buckeyes clawed their way back to win 10-9 in thrilling fashion.

Both the Scarlet and Gray teams will be back in action on October 15-16, where the Buckeyes will be hosting the final CWPA Great Lakes division seeding tournament. After that, the Buckeyes will compete for the division championship at Notre Dame on November 5-6.

2nd Annual Katie Johanni Memorial

The Buckeyes kicked off the 2016 season at home, hosting the 2nd annual Katie Johanni Memorial Tournament. This is a charity event in honor of Katie Johanni, a member of the women's team who passed away suddenly due to epilepsy in late 2015. A grand total of $8,480.62 was raised through donations, entry fees, and raffles on the weekend of the event. This money was donated to the Epilepsy Foundation in hopes that a cure will one day be found.

Having graduated a large group of seniors last year, the Scarlet team was eager to begin the year with some different faces leading the charge. The Scarlet Buckeyes' first game pitted them agains the 2015 DIII Club national champion, Washington University in St. Louis. After a close first half, the Buckeyes pulled away to win 16-5. Their next game was a matchup with long time rival, Michigan State. Having last played in the opening round of the 2014 Collegiate Club National Championship where the Buckeyes shocked the Spartans, fans were hoping for another heated battle. The Buckeyes proved to be too strong for the young Spartans, coming away with a 17-8 victory. In their last game of group play, the Buckeyes met conference foe Miami. Again, the Buckeyes cruised to victory, defeating the Redhawks 12-5. This meant they would be playing in the championship game of the Katie Johanni Memorial for the second time in a row. They would meet UK/Columbus, a team comprised of University of Kentucky players as well as many former Buckeyes and other former collegiate players. The experience of UK/Columbus proved to be too much for the Buckeyes, who were narrowly defeated 12-13 to take second in the tournament.

The Gray team did not have quite the same good fortune as the Scarlet team, but with many new additions to the team, there is much promise for this team heading into its inaugural CWPA season. Their first game of the weekend was against the University of Michigan, who finished fifth at last years Collegiate Club National Championships. The Buckeyes couldn't match up with the Wolverines, falling 5-19. The Gray Buckeyes' second game of the day was against the eventual champion, UK/Columbus, and they were again outmatched, falling 9-20. Coming together as a team every game, the Gray Buckeyes narrowly lost to St. Charles 12-19 to complete day one of the tournament. Playing for 7th, the Gray team met Washington University in St. Louis to start the second day of the tournament. Showing much improvement from the beginning of the weekend, the Buckeyes held it close all game, but the DIII national champion proved to be too much, and the Buckeyes lost 6-11.

Both teams will be in action again this weekend, as they will travel to Miami University to begin the CWPA season. Go Bucks!

Spring Semester Recap

The 2016 spring semester brought much success for the Buckeyes. They traveled all over the eastern United States and the Scarlet team went 14-2 for the semester.

To start the semester, the Buckeyes traveled to Chicago to compete in Northwestern University's Winter Classic Invitational. The first opponent was the Hawkeyes of the University of Iowa and the Buckeyes defeated the Big Ten foe, 18-10. Next up was two Great Lakes conference opponents and both games ended in victory for the Buckeyes, 12-2 versus Loyola University Chicago and 18-6 versus University of Chicago. Ohio State continued their spring success with a 12-9 win over the Beached Whales.

After their trip to the Windy City, the Buckeyes headed south for the winter to Auburn University. In the opening game of the Chris Young Memorial tournament, Ohio State dismantled Bluff City Water Polo, 14-4. The last game of group play matched the Buckeyes against Emory University, where the Buckeyes won the game, and the group, by a score of 16-1. Sunday morning started with a semifinal matchup against our in-state adversary, University of Cincinnati. Determined to make it back to the championship game for the second straight year, the Buckeyes took down the Bearcats, 10-5. The Buckeyes went on to capture the championship, winning 9-4 against Windy City.

After spring break, the Buckeyes couldn't get enough of the warm weather and headed to the University of North Carolina for the Easter Invitational. The first day of the tournament saw the Buckeyes add three more wins to their season, beating Clemson University (16-7), Virginia Tech (15-4), and former goalie Troy Karski with Charlotte Masters (10-9). An early start to the second day saw the Buckeyes slip up for the first time in the spring, falling 6-12 to NoVa.

The last tournament of the year was at home and it was a special one. Together with a girls team, the Buckeyes hosted the Katie Johanni Memorial tournament, in honor of the women's team's goalie Katie Johanni who passed away in the fall. The teams fundraised over $10,000 to donate to the SUDEP Foundation to fund their research. The men started the tournament with a trio of games against Ohio opponents. First up was the Dayton Flyers, where the Buckeyes won 11-4. Then the Buckeyes faced Columbus Masters and Columbus Youth, beating the old guys, 15-7, and the kids, 14-8. These victories put Ohio State in the championship game against Division II varsity program, Gannon University. A close, physical game ended tied at 6, and the Buckeyes were defeated 3-4 in a shootout. The Grey team also competed and beat conference foe Illinois State (7-6), but fell to Gannon (2-14), club national champion Lindenwood (6-16), and Columbus Water Polo (4-14).

The Buckeyes finished 30-4 on the year, and will look to continue the standard of success of Ohio State water polo next year.

Go Bucks!