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MWP: 2017 OUA Men’s Water Polo Championship – Ravens claim silver as Varsity Blues crowned OUA champions

Written by Carleton Sports Information

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The 2017 OUA Men’s Water Polo Championship is being hosted by Carleton University from November 24-26 at Alumni Hall.

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This tournament is not a ticketed event and will be open to the public who can view the games from the stands that can be accessed via the 3rd floor of Athletics.

2017 Tournament Preview
2017 OUA Fan Guide

2017 Championship Seedings:
1. Toronto
2. Carleton
3. Queen’s
4. McMaster
5. Western
6. uOttawa

2017 OUA Men’s Water Polo Championship – Schedule and Scores:

Date Time Game Team A Score Team B Score
Fri. Nov. 24 8:10 PM (QF) M1 Queen’s  17 uOttawa 6
9:30 PM (QF) M2 McMaster  12 Western  15
Sat. Nov. 25 3:40 PM (SF) M4 Queen’s  2 Carleton 10
5:00 PM (SF) M5 Western  2 Toronto  17
6:20 PM (Cons. Fin) M3 uOttawa  6 McMaster 20
Sun. Nov. 26 10:50 AM (Bronze) M6 Queen’s  8 Western 3
2:00 PM (Gold) M7 Carleton  3 Toronto 5

2017 OUA Men’s Water Polo Championship – Recaps:
Written by Martin Boyce, Carleton Sports Information

Day 1 – Friday, November 24

The Queen’s Gaels and Western Mustangs kicked off the 2017 OUA Men’s Water Polo Championships with hard-fought wins over the Ottawa Gee-Gees and McMaster Marauders, respectively, on Friday night at Alumni Hall.

Queen’s 17, uOttawa 6

The Gaels were relentless in the opener of the 2017 Championship against the Gryphons, dominating from the first period on. Led by powerful captain Alexander Cox-Twardowski’s four first-half goals, Queen’s got out to an intimidating 11-3 lead at the half.

It was a closer second half, but the Gaels easily secured the 17-6 win. Connor Crowe joined Cox-Twardowski in playing a crucial role in the win. He found the back of the net six times, leading the Gaels’ potent offence.

With the win, Queen’s advances to the semifinals against the second-seeded Carleton Ravens at 3:40 p.m. on Saturday. Ottawa will meet McMaster in the fifth place game at 6:20 p.m.

Western 15, McMaster 12 

Unlike the first quarterfinal match, this one was tightly contested. The Marauders edged out their lower-seeded opponents 7-5 at the half after a nail-biting first two periods.

The equal, back-and-forth play continued into the second half and neither was able to take command until late. Western’s persistence and composure were on display in the fourth period as they clawed their way to a late lead that proved to be sufficient for a 15-12 victory.

With the win, Western moves on to battle the top-seeded Toronto Varsity Blues in the second semifinal at 5 p.m. on Saturday. McMaster will meet Ottawa in the fifth place game at 6:20 p.m.

Day 2 – Saturday, November 25

One of the Carleton Ravens and Toronto Varsity Blues has won the OUA title every year since 2004 – it will be no different again this year. The Ravens and Varsity Blues clinched a spot in the gold medal match of the 2017 OUA Men’s Water Polo Championships with wins over the Queen’s Gaels and Western Mustangs, respectively, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Hall.

Carleton 10, Queen’s 2

While it began as a close battle, Carleton quickly exploded to an assertive 10-2 win over Queen’s. The Ravens rode stellar defense and a masterful shooting from Dusan Boskovic, who marked five on the day, to victory. Captain Yorek Hurrelmann also played a key role as an immovable wall in net.

Carleton opened the match with a clinical display of passing to draw first blood. The Ravens broke through big in the second to carry a dominant 6-0 lead at the half. Carleton continued to control the game, extending their lead four more times and solidified the 10-2 semifinal win.

“All around I was very happy. This is a team that’s always prided itself on defence and that was an excellent display of defence,” said head coach Zoltan Csepregi.

With the loss, Queen’s will fight Western for third place at 10:50 a.m. Carleton will continue its crusade for a fifth OUA banner against Toronto on Sunday at 2 p.m. “We lost last year 7-0, which is fresh in a lot of guys’ minds,” added Csepregi. “I think we’ll see a different game tomorrow and I think they’re ready to do it.”

Toronto 17, Western 2

After conceding an opening goal, Toronto rebounded for 11 straight uncontested first-half goals and eventually took a strong 11-1 lead by the end of the second. Milos Radojcic was a steady force in powerhouse Toronto’s first-half offence.

The Varsity Blues controlled the tempo again in the third and fourth. They rallied to another stretch of uncontested goals before completing the authoritative 17-2 semifinal victory.

The win advances the 31-time champions, Toronto, to the final against Carleton at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Western will meet Queen’s in the bronze medal game at 10:50 a.m.

McMaster 20, uOttawa 6
Consolation Final

Day 3 – Sunday, November 26

For the 32nd time – and second in a row – the Toronto Varsity Blues are 2017 Men’s OUA Water Polo champions, having defeated fellow powerhouse Carleton Ravens 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall. The Queen’s Gaels downed the Western Mustangs in the third-place game to take home bronze.

Queen’s 8, Western 3
Bronze Medal Game

The Gaels controlled the Mustangs in a tightly contested battle en route to a 8-3 OUA bronze medal match win. Alexander Cox-Twardowski contributed three goals to power the Queen’s offence.

Queen’s got off to a quality start, taking a 5-2 lead into the half. Goaltender Trevor Robinson played a crucial role in keeper Western at bay with multiple nice stops early in the game. Western got back on the board in the third but Queen’s sealed the win with three fourth-period marks, taking the bronze 8-3.

Toronto 5, Carleton 3
Gold Medal Game

Toronto and Carleton have won the previous 13 OUA banners coming into the championship game and the two teams met once again to decide who would lift the Hershorn Trophy in 2017. The last seven OUA Championships have flipped back-and-forth between Carleton and Toronto, with the Varsity Blues taking a 4-3 series edge after last year’s 7-0 win.

It was an electric atmosphere to start the game as the two benches cheered with excitement as their teammates made clutch plays in the pool. The Ravens emerged on top at the end of the first period thanks to Chris Callard. Both defences were stellar preventing either from converting on additional opportunities.

The Ravens found the net again early in the second. Veteran Dusan Boskovic sniped a bullet from deep to energize the home crowd. Toronto immediately rebounded with two goals of their own to even the score, before adding two more late from Stefan Mitic and Sukhmun Hare to take a 4-2 lead.

Both teams played strong defensively in the third to limit each other to one goal a piece and Toronto held its two goal lead with one period left.

The final period was much of the same back-and-forth play in the pool. The Varsity Blues’ two-goal lead proved to be insurmountable as the top-seeded team outlasted the Ravens 5-3 and captured the OUA gold medal.

Toronto’s Hare led his team’s offence with two goals in the winning effort, while Carleton’s Callard contributed two as well. Both goalies – Emirhan Ozdemir (Toronto) and Yorek Hurrelmann (Carleton) – made tremendous saves throughout the game, contributing to the tight score.

“I’m extremely proud of the guys and the way they played. It’s another successful season for us,” said Ravens head coach Zoltan Csepregi. “We’ve built a solid program and we always aim to compete for the championship, unfortunately, we fell short again this year.”

The Varsity Blues captured their 32nd OUA banner and second in as many years with the 5-3 win. “We came here, did what we prepared for – the exact same thing we’ve been doing the entire season – and it worked for us, so I’m very happy about that,” said head coach Tuna Tali.

Toronto will look to push their championship streak to three next season. “You’ve got to keep working hard and do what we do best,” said Tali. “We need to work harder and harder every year to keep it going like this.”

Most Valuable Player
– Dusan Boskovic – Carleton Ravens
Most Valuable Goalie – Trevor Robinson – Queen’s Gaels
Coach of the Year – Zoltan Csepregi – Carleton Ravens

Victor Brancus – Western Mustangs
Alex Cox-Twardowski – Queen’s Gaels
Julien Allard – Carleton Ravens
Yorek Hurrelmann – Carleton Ravens
Sukhmun Hare – Toronto Varsity Blues
Milos Radojcic – Toronto Varsity Blues
Euan Scofield – Toronto Varsity Blues