Welcome to the home page of the Fighting Irish Men's Water Polo team. After finishing third in the Great Lakes Conference, the Irish look to capture their first Great Lakes championship.
This weekend, the Irish went 2-2 in the second conference qualifier at home. After going 3-1 at the first qualifier held at Miami Ohio on the weekend of September 24-25, the team has discovered their weakspots and plan on filling the gaps during the next few weeks before Conference Champs on November 5-6. To begin the weekend, the Irish came out firing against University of Cincinnati with a 6-0 run in the first quarter. With many goals from sophomore phenom Peter Seidner, the team ran to a 12-5 win.
Other highlights include an extremely efficient team defense as well.
The second game was against conference rivals Grand Valley State University at 6 pm. This prime time game of the year resulted in a loss for the Irish at 6-9, after failing to adapt to Grand Valley's offense early enough in the game. Though a loss, the game was a hard fought effort. Notable performances came from Junior defender Dan McGlinn and freshman utility Chris Kreienkamp.
The third game Sunday morning featured
a worn out Notre Dame losing to Illinois State 7-8. Though a quick three goals came at the end, it wasn't enough to fend off the mental mistakes from earlier in the game.
The Irish finished the weekend on a 16-4 win against University of Chicago. Every player got to touch the water, and the Irish even had an off-hand goal from promising freshman Tommy Martino. Thank you to all the parents that came out for the weekend, and we look forward to our next games at Conference Championships.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are proud to announce that we will be hosting the Club Water Polo National Championships from November 11 to November 13, 2016! While our women's water polo team hosted nationals back in 2011, the men have not yet had the opportunity to host. Because we are the host team, we are guaranteed a bid to nationals as well. If any alumni, family, or friends are near the South Bend area during this weekend, it will be an exciting opportunity to see the Irish play in their first national championship in over ten years! Just coming off of a tournament this weekend (results and recaps to follow later this week!), we are confident that we will play at a competitive level at the national tournament, so we would love to have everyone's support whether virtually or in person! A big thank you to Coach Brian Coughlin, Mandy Madden, Frank Vaccaro, and the Notre Dame Swim and Dive team for working so hard to get this tournament.
After a solid first four weeks of practice, the Irish are beginning to look like an actual water polo team. Led by captains Tom Collins, Justin Jellinek, and Dan McGlinn along with officers Emerson Kirk, Sean Kilmer, and Mark Hancher, the team's been hard at work trying to trim off the fat from this summer (only partially a metaphor). As we go into our first tournament of the season on September 24 and 25, look for great performances from offense regulars Emerson Kirk, Nathan Kriha, and Tom Collins while also watching for break out performances from newcomes Tommy Martino and Peter Seidner. On the defensive end, Dan McGlinn, Justin Jellinek, and Sean Kilmer will be shutting down 2M's regularly as newcomer, former Jr. Bill, Chris Kreienkamp looks to make his mark on the team as well. Without one major superstar on the team, the Fighting Irish look forward to contributions from all members of the team this year.
We are also excited to announce the help of our two coaches - Brian Coughlin and Davis Defontes. Brian has coached the women's team for many years and has graciously volunteered his time to help develop what we hope is one of the best teams in the nation. With years of success with our female counterparts, the men's polo team looks forward to Brian's help. Davis Defontes is a grad student who will be assisting with coaching as well. Davis played four years varsity polo at Fordham University and in his two weeks since joining has already begun impacting the team in a tangible way. We're excited to have both coaches on our staff this season! Thank you all for reading, and look for more updates in the coming weeks.
Cap Number, Name, Position
1 Nick Sayre G
1A Tom Hutchison G
2 Alden Kane D
3 Emerson Kirk 2M
4 Mark Hancher D
5 Sean Kilmer D
6 Nathan Kriha 2M
7 David Durkin D
8 Ryan Bub D
9 Nate Hermann D
10 Eduardo Peres D
11 Justin Jellinek 2MD
12 Dan McGlinn 2MD
13 Peter Seidner U
14 Mike Dillane D
15 Kenny Fitzpatrick D
16 Tommy Martino U
17 Tom Collins U
18 Chris Kreienkamp U
19 Tait McGlinn D
20 Dominic Rosa D
21 Will Macellaio D
22 Dylan Hanes D
23 Tristan Hourigan 2M
30 Matt Richer G
31 Matt Dodig D
Saturday, September 24, 2016
9:00 Miami University (Ohio) vs. University of Cincinnati 10-12
10:10 University of Dayton vs. University of Notre Dame 4-10
11:20 Xavier University vs. Ohio State University - Scarlet "A" 5-13
12:30 Ohio State University - Gray vs. Grand Valley State University 3-13
1:40 Xavier University vs. University of Notre Dame 6-14
2:50 University of Cincinnati vs. Ohio State University - Scarlet "A" 4-10
4:00 Grand Valley State University vs. University of Dayton 19-4
5:10 Miami University (Ohio) vs. Ohio State University - Gray 9-5
6:20 Xavier University vs. University of Cincinnati 9-12
7:30 Grand Valley State University vs. Ohio State University - Scarlet "A" 10-7
8:40 Ohio State University - Gray vs. University of Notre Dame 7-12
Sunday, September 25, 2016
10:30 University of Dayton vs. Ohio State University - Gray 8-12
11:40 Miami University (Ohio) vs. Grand Valley State University 6-11
12:50 Ohio State University - Scarlet "A" vs. University of Notre Dame 10-9
2:00 University of Cincinnati vs. University of Dayton 15-8
3:10 Miami University (Ohio) vs. Xavier University 10-8
Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 University of Notre Dame vs. University of Cincinnati 12-5
12:10 Grand Valley State University vs. University of Chicago 20-0
1:20 Illinois State University vs. Loyola University (Ill.) 14-7
2:30 University of Cincinnati vs. Grand Valley State University 4-15
3:40 Illinois State University vs. University of Chicago 17-7
4:50 Loyola University (Ill.) vs. University of Cincinnati 8-15
6:00 University of Notre Dame vs. Grand Valley State University 6-9
7:10 University of Chicago vs. Loyola University (Ill.) 12-10
Sunday, October 2, 2016
9:00 University of Notre Dame vs. Illinois State University 7-8
10:10 Grand Valley State University vs. Loyola University (Ill.) 22-2
11:20 University of Cincinnati vs. Illinois State University 6-8
12:30 University of Notre Dame vs. University of Chicago 16-4