Practice schedule, August - November:
Mon: 8 - 10 pm
Tue: 8:30 - 10 pm
Wed: 8 - 10 pm
Thu: 8:30 -10 pm
Fri: 8 - 9 pm
Sat: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, September 1, 2012
New England League Tournament 1
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The team's first opponent was Dartmouth, who they defeated last year at League Championships in order to qualify for Nationals. After coming out of the gate strong for a quick 5-0 lead, Yale was able to edge out Dartmouth and secure a victory. Highlights include a perfect near corner shot from Ross Macdonald off of a foul.
The next game had Yale facing Middlebury. After a slightly slower start, Yale was again able to secure a large lead by the half, allowing the younger players to get in as well. The last game of the day was against Boston University. Yale played a tough match. After a tied game late in the fourth quarter, Yale was able to score 2 more quick goals including a well-timed counterattack by Andrew Nelson facilitated by a perfect assist by goalie Keilor Gilbert. Yale won again, 11-8.
The next day, Yale played one game against Wesleyan. The team was able to hold off Wesleyan for the final game of the tournament, and thus went undefeated for League Tournament 1.
New England League Tournament 2
Boston University, Boston, MA
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
This weekend the Yale Men’s Water Polo team made its way up to Boston University for the second
league tournament of the season hosted. Yale emerged with a 3-1 record, notching a win against the
previously undefeated Boston College squad and handily defeating Middlebury and Wesleyan before
falling to longtime rival Dartmouth College in the most exciting game of the season.
The weekend began with Yale’s first game this season against Boston College (BC). The powerful BC
squad came out swinging, but that swinging meant ejections rather than goals. After four quarters
of highly physical play, Yale emerged on top with a 9 to 8 goal win. Left-hander Andrew (Admiral)
Nelson ’12 sent four goals flying into BC’s cage from the right wing, and freshman Joshua Clapper ’16
scored the first goal of his Yale career.
Yale went on to defeat Middlebury 14 to 10 and Wesleyan 12 to 8. Admiral Nelson’s cannon was
responsible for a combined total of eleven goals between the two games. Yale started off both matches
by gaining a solid lead in the first period and carrying those point differentials until the final buzzer. In
these games the team’s less experienced players saw more action, with special notice given to Akshay
Nathan ’15 and JJ Echanez ’16 for their first goals of the season.
For the past three years Yale has faced Dartmouth in the finals of the New England League, winning by a
narrow margin each time. Desperate for revenge, the Dartmouth came out strong. Mentally unprepared
for the Dartmouth press, Yale finished the first period down – solid on defense but struggling to convert
on offense. What followed was three of the strongest periods that the Yale team has shown this year.
Yale, led by Dominic Kwok ’13 and The Admiral, caught up and was down by just one goal going into the
last period. Several questionable calls later, Yale was handed its first defeat of the year but there was
not a man who was not proud of the team’s performance.
The star of this weekend was goalie Keillor Gilbert ’14, the backbone of Yale’s team. On every counter
attack, Keillor was there with the well placed pass. At every man-down, Keillor remained unfazed and
blocked the shots that the defense could not stave off. Keillor Gilbert is this tournament’s Boss America.
New England League Championship
Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012