Bucknell Women's Water Polo Earns At-Large Berth into Eastern Championship
April 23, 2007
LEWISBURG, Pa. - For the sixth consecutive year the Bucknell women's water polo team will be playing in the Eastern Championship as the Bison earned one of the two available at-large berths, the Collegiate Water Polo Association announced Monday afternoon. Bucknell, which is seeded seventh in the eight-team field, will face No. 2 seed Michigan Saturday at 12 p.m. at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J.
The Bison (14-15) enter the two-day Eastern Championship coming off a third-place showing at the Southern Championships this past weekend. Michigan (23-14), which is ranked 19th in the latest national poll, came from behind to defeat Indiana 8-6 in overtime and claim first place at the Western Championships on Sunday. Bucknell is 0-7 all-time against the Wolverines, who finished second at last year's Eastern Championship. The Bison finished fourth, marking their best-ever showing at the event.
The top four teams at the Eastern Championship are all ranked in the latest CWPA Top-20 Poll. No. 1 Hartwick (12th nationally), No. 2 Michigan (19), No. 3 and host Princeton (16) and No. 4 Brown (18) all appear in the Top 20. Fifth-seeded Indiana is listed as also receiving votes, while Maryland, Bucknell and Harvard round out the eight-team field.
The winner of the Eastern Championship gains an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship, which is hosted by Long Beach State this year. Hartwick won the Eastern Championship title last year.
Bucknell is guaranteed three games this weekend. It will face either Princeton or Maryland in its second game, depending on the outcome of the first-round contest.
Eastern Championship Seedings