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  • Water Polo - Varsity

    2017 - 2018
    Head Coach: Joseph Viola

    Gonzaga Water Polo was born as a club sport in the fall of 2002. The first team consisted of about 16 players. By the next year, the team had nearly doubled in size, and was divided into "A" and "B" squads. It was granted full varsity status in 2004.

    When Gonzaga Water Polo started, it was the only D.C.-area school to have a water polo program; the team’s games were played against Baltimore schools such as Gilman, Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall. The team also participated in regional weekend tournaments at the U.S. Naval Academy and in Philadelphia.

    Today, Gonzaga Water Polo averages more than 50 scholar-athletes spread over three teams (Varsity, JV “A” & JV “B”) and is very competitive amongst other East Coast schools. Gonzaga Water Polo alumni have gone on to play water polo at such schools as the Naval Academy, Princeton, Virginia Tech, Miami University, Loyola University Maryland, and Clemson.

    In 2019, the varsity Water Polo Eagles notched two solid wins early in the year, beating McDonogh 14-4 on September 5 and Loyola Blakefield 19-7 on September 13. Another highlight of the season was the team’s strong showing at the Beast of the East tournament on September 30 behind a great performance in the net by senior Ryan Luetjen. And on November 4, the Eagles beat Malvern Prep at the Prep Eastern’s tournament in Reading, PA, where senior Thomas Gilday was named to the all-tournament team.

    Water polo is a challenging sport that combines swimming skills with the strategy of games like soccer and lacrosse. It fosters tremendous teamwork and is played as a varsity or club sport in most U.S. colleges. If you enjoy swimming in the summer but are not interested in making a commitment to year-round swimming training, water polo may be the sport for you. It will keep you in great shape for other sports—and it may even open college doors.

Schedule/Results

Water Polo - Varsity

Away

Varsity Water Polo - Navy Open Tournament

League
United States Naval Academy
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Navy Open Tournament

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United States Naval Academy
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Battle of the Beltways Tournament

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United States Naval Academy
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Battle of the Beltways Tournament

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United States Naval Academy
Away

Varsity Water Polo vs. Haverford School

League
Loss 12-18
Haverford School
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Beast of the East Tournament

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Away

Varsity Water Polo - Beast of the East Tournament

League
Away

Varsity Water Polo vs. McDonough School

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Loss 13-14
McDonough School
Away

Varsity Water Polo vs. Loyola Blakefield

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Loss 2-8
Loyola Blakefield
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Cardinal Cup Tournament

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Away

Varsity Water Polo - Cardinal Cup Tournament

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Away

Varsity Water Polo - Cardinal Cup Tournament

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Away

Varsity Water Polo vs. McDonough School

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Loss 7-8
McDonough School
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Annapolis Classic Tournament

League
United States Naval Academy
Home

Varsity Water Polo - Annapolis Classic Tournament

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United States Naval Academy
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Viola-Bartman Classic Tournament

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Win 9-7
Takoma Aquatic Center
Away

Varsity Water Polo - Eastern's Tournament

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Home

Varsity Water Polo - Eastern's Tournament

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Away

Varsity Water Polo - MACWPL Championships

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United States Naval Academy
Home

Varsity Water Polo - MACWPL Championships

League
United States Naval Academy
  • Photo of Joseph Viola
    Head Coach:  Joseph Viola
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    Assistant Coach Dominick Pugliese

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