The last weekend in October, we hosted the 2015 CWPA Great Lakes Division Championship at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. We had earned the top seed for the tournament and opened up play Saturday morning against the University of Cincinnati, winning 11-5. This put us into the semifinals against University of Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night.
Straying from our usual fast-paced offense in favor of a slow, grind it out offense, the Buckeyes struggled and fell 6-7 in the final seconds, making it the first time we would not be in the championship game since 2012.
Sunday we found ourselves in the third place game against the University of Notre Dame, but the shock of the loss the night before made it hard for the team to play to our normal level, and the Buckeyes fell again, 7-10, to finish fourth in the conference.
After taking some time off to mentally recoup, a small group of Buckeyes traveled to a tournament at the University of Toledo to fill a spot in the tournament after a team dropped out. The Buckeyes were a level above the competition, winning the championship and outscoring their four opponents 72-13.
The Buckeyes will use the spring to help prepare them for next season where they hope to return to the level that is expected of them and they are capable of achieving.