Six Buckeyes Named to 2018 All-Conference Teams; Wilson named MVP

There are fourteen spots in the All-Conference teams, and the Buckeyes claimed six of them in the Great Lakes division for the 2018 season. Sophomore Drew Wilson claimed the Most Valuable Player award for the Great Lakes division.

Along with his MVP award, Wilson was named 1st Team All-Conference for the second straight season. Joining him on the 1st Team is senior Ryan Shepard, senior Youssef Azzazy, and junior captain Alex Puthoff. This is Shepard’s third selection to an All-Conference team (1st team & MVP in 2017, 2nd team in 2016), Puthoff’s second (1st team in 2017), and Azzazy’s first selection.

On 2nd Team is senior Nick Hallett and junior Rob DiSalle. This is the first selection to an All-Conference team for both of them.

The Buckeyes won their fourth Great Lakes division championship and finished 7th at the Collegiate Club National Championship in Tucson, AZ.

Buckeyes finish 7th at 2018 National Collegiate Club Championship

This past week, the Buckeyes traveled to Tucson, AZ to compete in the National Collegiate Club Championship after earning their bid via another Great Lakes division championship.

As the fifth seed, the Buckeyes opened up play against 12th-seeded Virginia Tech. Wanting to start off on the right foot, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 9-2 halftime lead and never looked back, with the final score being 17-5. Sophomore Drew Wilson led the scoring with 6 goals, senior Youssef Azzazy added 5 goals, sophomore Lance Bockbrader had a hat trick, and the junior trio of Robert DiSalle, Jake Good, and Alex Puthoff each contribute single goals. Senior Ryan Shepard had 8 saves and sophomore Alex Rabe had 3 saves in the win.

In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes were matched up against an experienced Cal Golden Bears team. After keeping it close for the first few minutes, the experience and depth of Cal proved too much for the Buckeyes to handle, falling 3-15. Sophomore Lance Bockbrader led the way with 2 goals and senior Nick Hallett added one more. Shepard had 9 saves and Rabe had 1 save in the loss. This loss would send the Buckeyes to the 5th through 8th semifinal round.

The Buckeyes’ next opponent would be the Tritons of UC San Diego. A closely contested game led to a 4-4 halftime score. In the third quarter, the Buckeyes would jump out to a 7-5 lead but could not hold on, and fell 7-11 to the Tritons. Bockbrader again led the way with a hat trick, and Azzazy, DiSalle, Hallett, and Puthoff all added single goals. Shepard had 7 saves to anchor the defense in the contest. To end the tournament, the Buckeyes would be competing in the 7th place contest.

In what is becoming a yearly tradition for the Buckeyes, their final game of Nationals would be against their biggest rival, the University of Michigan. A back and forth game would end 9-9 after four quarters, sending the rivalry to overtime. Fatigue became a factor and neither team was able to score in the first two overtime periods, and then graduate student Drace Penley hit the game winner on the first possession of the third overtime period to end the game. Penley had 4 goals in the win, Alex Puthoff and junior Jake Good both chipped in two, and Wilson and Bockbrader each had one. Senior Ryan Shepard capped off his career with 15 saves to earn Player of the Game honors.

The 7th place finish marks the third top 10 finish for the Buckeyes, finishing fifth in 2014 and sixth in 2017.

The Buckeyes are the Great Lakes division champions!

The Buckeyes hosted the 2018 CWPA Great Lakes division championship this past weekend. The winner of the 12-game tournament would qualify for the CWPA National Collegiate Club Championship in Tucson, AZ on November 9-11. The Buckeyes were vying for their second straight title.

To start the tournament, the top seeded Buckeyes faced off against Xavier University. The Musketeers could not match the intensity of the Buckeyes, and Ohio State came away with a 17-0 victory. In the semifinals, Ohio State would meet a familiar foe, the Bearcats of Cincinnati. Again, the intensity of the Buckeyes proved to be too much for the opponent as the Buckeyes won 18-0 to qualify for the championship final for the third straight year.

The championship game would be against the University of Notre Dame. The first half would prove to a tough battle, as the Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish would trade the lead a few times before Ohio State was able to take 5-4 lead into halftime. Determined to make their second straight trip to Nationals, the Buckeyes clamped down on defense to hold the Irish scoreless in the second half and win the championship 9-4.

This is the second time the Buckeyes have won back-to-back division titles. Through eight years in the division, the Buckeyes have claimed four division titles.

The Grey squad also competed in championship, entering the tournament as the fourth seed. Their first game was against Cincinnati and it was a battle from the opening sprint, but the Bearcats would edge out the Buckeyes 8-10. Eager to bounce back from the loss, the Buckeyes brought more intensity to their next game with Xavier and won 14-5. In the fifth place game, the Buckeyes would face off with Grand Valley but couldn’t put together a complete game and fell 6-11 to finish 6th in the conference.

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.

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 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.

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.

End of Fall Season

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.

Buckeyes Abound in All-Conference Awards

Four Buckeyes were honored with All-Conference Awards for the 2013 season, more than any other team, and head coach James Dauphinee also earned Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Ben McClurg and Orion Swanson both earned First Team All-Great Lakes Division, while Jon Gruseck and Michael Smith earned Second Team.

The Buckeyes won the Great Lakes division for the first time in 2013, finishing 7-1 in division play and earning a bid to the Collegiate Club National Championship at the University of California - San Diego where they finished 11th in the nation.

Official release can be found here.

7 Buckeyes named to CWPA Scholar-Athlete Team; 4th Highest Team GPA in the nation

Seven Buckeyes were named to the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association's Scholar-Athlete team, and our team had the fourth highest GPA in the nation!

Matt D'Errico, Ben McClurg, Clancy Short, Michael Smith, and Orion Swanson were honored with Outstanding (3.71 - 4.0) recognition, Connor Aossey was honored with Superior (3.41-3.70) recognition, and Brian Muff was honored with Excellent (3.20-3.40) recognition.

The Buckeyes had an average GPA of 3.71, which earned them the fourth best spot in the nation! Congrats Buckeyes!

Read more here.