Men’s water polo begins conference play


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Mohamed Refaat leads the Gaels in points this season with 48, 33 goals and 15 assists.  

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor

The Iona men’s water polo team’s season is in full swing with the team currently holding a 7-11 overall record and 1-3 record in the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC).

The Gaels had a difficult start to the season losing their first two matches against Mount Saint Mary’s College and California Berkley University, the number one ranked team in the nation, at the Navy Open.  


The second day of the Navy Open proved more fruitful for the Gaels as they beat Bucknell University and California Lutheran University to split 2-2 in their first tournament of the season.

The Gaels then travelled to Princeton, New Jersey on Sept. 10-11 where they competed at the 2022 Princeton Invitational.

The tournament was hard going for the Gaels as they lost all four matches, but the Gaels competed in all of the games, with their heaviest defeat of the weekend only by 7.

Iona lost the first game of the tournament 11-16 to Wagner College, before losing to Navy University the same day by a score of 11-13.  


On the second day at Princeton, the Gaels played Santa Clara University and George Washington University losing 10-17 and 9-15.  


Next on the calendar for the Gaels was the 2022 Air Force Rare Air Challenge in Colorado Springs on Sept. 16-18.

Iona played five games during this tournament going 3-2 across the weekend.

The Gaels started with a close 10-13 loss against Air Force University, before coming back to beat Westcliff University 17-12 later the same day.

Iona then swept their two games on the second day as they beat Chapman University 16-12 and thrashed La Verne University 25-12.

On the final day of the competition the Gaels lost a tight game 13-14 against Redlands University to conclude the meet.

Iona then began NWPC play when they hosted a tournament against conference teams.  


The Gaels split the weekend 2-2 and played against two ranked teams, they started the tournament against number 12 Harvard University losing 11-17, but they came back to beat MIT 15-10 later on Oct. 1.

The next day, Iona lost to the number 18 seed Brown University 9-12, before beating Connecticut College 16-4.

In the Gaels’ most recent game, they lost 7-10 to the number 11 ranked Princeton University.

The Gaels were meant to play Saint Francis Brooklyn University on Oct.12, but the game was canceled and the rearranged date has yet to be decided.  

“We are excited about what lies ahead”, said senior Timothy Bergamini. “We have had close wins and close losses so far this season, so we are hoping we can turn those close losses into wins and gain some momentum over the next few games going into the rest of the season.”