2017 MAAC Water Polo Championship Field Set
Release: April 15, 2017
EDISON, NJ - The 2017 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Water Polo Championship playing field has been set. Iona College, Marist College, Wagner College, and Virginia Military Institute (VMI), are the final four teams that will compete for the MAAC Water Polo Championship trophy. The Championship takes place at McCann Natatorium on the campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, April 29-30.
The Wagner College Seahawks will be the No. 1 seed after clinching the regular season title for the second consecutive year. The Seahawks concluded the regular season for the second year in a row undefeated in MAAC play at 14-0 (22-10 overall). Wagner looks to take home the school's fourth consecutive MAAC Water Polo Championship Title. Wagner will face the No 4. seed Iona Gaels in the first semifinal matchup of the day on Saturday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m.
The Seahawks are led by sophomore attack Erica Hardy. She leads Wagener in overall points and assists and finished the season with 129 points, 68 goals, and 61 assists. Hardy ranks first in the MAAC in points and assists, and sixth in goals.
The Seahawks are currently ranked 19th nationally in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll.
The No. 4 Gaels finished the 2017 campaign with a record of 8-6 in MAAC play and 11-13 overall. Iona is led by three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week Hannah Schultz. Schultz leads the Gaels in points (94) and goals (89). She ranks tied for first in the conference in goals and first in goals per game with 3.87.
The second semifinal matchup between the No. 2 seed Marist Red Foxes and the No. 3 seed VMI Keydets will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.
The Red Foxes ended the season with a conference record of 11-3, and an overall record of 19-13. Senior Utility Amanda Amorosa led Marist in points (107), goals (61), and assists (46). During her final season with the Red Foxes, Amorosa broke two school records becoming the all-time leading scorer and the all-time assists leader. The Red Foxes are currently tied for 23rd in the nation according to the CWPA.
For the first time in school's history, the VMI Keydets will be making their first appearance in the MAAC Water Polo Championship as the No. 3 seed. This season the Keydets finished 11-3 in MAAC play, and 22-6 overall, marking the first time VMI has reached 20 wins. Junior center, Shelby Barkley broke the program's record for career goals scored. Barkley also lead the team in points (101) and goals (80). In the most recent CWPA national poll the Keydets received votes for the first time this season.
The consolation game takes place on Sunday, April 30 at 12:00 p.m., followed by the championship game at 2:00 p.m. All four championship games will be streamed live on MAAC.TV.
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