Water Polo Preps for MAWPC Championships

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Water Polo Preps for MAWPC Championships

The Aquatic Rams look to cap their strong season with a MAWPC championship. (Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

The Aquatic Rams look to cap their strong season with a MAWPC championship. (Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

The Aquatic Rams look to cap their strong season with a MAWPC championship. (Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

The Aquatic Rams look to cap their strong season with a MAWPC championship. (Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)


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By Maria Trivelpiece

The Aquatic Rams look to cap their strong season with a MAWPC championship. (Julia Comerford/The Fordham Ram)

The Fordham University men’s water polo team had one goal when they began their 2017 season: to win the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championships. After a grueling but very successful 17-10 year, the Rams will finally set out to accomplish this goal on Friday, Nov. 17 in Annapolis, Maryland. This is when they will begin their journey for the hardware in the first round of the tournament against John Hopkins University.

The Rams like their chances in match number one as well as the rest of the tourney. “I think we had a really strong regular season. Our conference, in general was very strong, but we stood our ground, and learned from the mistakes we made,” said sophomore driver Jake Miller-Tolt. Fordham has already played John Hopkins twice this season and twice, they swam away with victories.

“We played good defense in those matches which led to good offense,” said senior goalkeeper Alex Jahns about their wins over John Hopkins. “If we do that again, we will be fine.”

However, the postseason tends to breed a different sort of competition, but the Rams are ready for this as well.

“Playoffs are what matter the most. We have been preparing with much intensity, and we are excited for the challenge,” said Jahns.

If Fordham defeats John Hopkins, they will play the winner of Gannon University and George Washington University on Saturday, Nov. 18th. The Rams have faced off with both of these teams already, defeating Gannon and splitting a two game series with George Washington. The way water polo is going to win is to follow the key principles and strengths they have been thriving off of this entire season.

“Defense. All year, the key has been our defense. If we can keep teams below ten goals, we put ourselves in a position to beat anyone,” Miller-Tolt said.
Defense has driven the success of the Fordham University men’s water polo team this year; however, one cannot forget the dominating offense the Rams bring to the pool. Graduate student attacker Massimilliano Mirachi has been outstanding as has Miller-Tolt. In almost every victory for Fordham this year, the team has scored in the double digits. The team is also coming off an upset victory over St. Francis-Brooklyn who was ranked No. 16 at the time in which they allowed only four goals while scoring seven.

The Rams are in a position to accomplish their ultimate goal that they discussed at the birth of the season. With their continued hard work, diligence and of course, defense, the Rams will look to bring home a MAWPC Championship back to the Bronx.