DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP | U.S. POLO ASSN.

April 11 - 15, 2023

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship Semifinals & Final will be livestreamed exclusively on the USPA Polo Network.

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The USPA Division I Men’s National Intercollegiate Championship (NIC) is part of the United States Polo Association's Intercollegiate/Interscholastic (I/I) polo program, which is dedicated to growing the sport by providing maximum exposure, recruiting collegiate and scholastic institutions, coordinating activities, and organizing competition. Supporting this mission, the I/I program has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, including the development of Division I and Division II polo, which increases the number of emerging teams competing in competitive games at every level. Division assignments are based on the strength of teams as determined by rosters, a team's regular season scores, and the strength of their schedule. Men's and women's teams from the same school are not required to play in the same division, allowing teams to participate at an appropriate level. Teams are able to move back and forth between the divisions from year to year to accommodate for student matriculation and annual roster changes.

A longstanding tradition, the first National Intercollegiate Championship for the John R. Townsend men's intercollegiate polo trophy was won by Princeton University in 1922. Celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2022, the NIC provides an opportunity for collegiate players from all corners of the United States to come together and compete for the historic trophy.

In 2019, the men and women of Texas A&M University (TAMU) became the second team in history since the University of California Davis (UC Davis) in the 80s to complete a rare double-double in the world of intercollegiate polo. In 2022 the men and women of University of Virginia (UVA) also earned double awards on home turf at Virginia Polo Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will be searching for their own double-double this year.

In 2022, the University of Virginia (Jack McLean, Parker Pearce, Brennan Wells) faced-off against University of North Texas (Vance Miller III, John Dencker, Vaughn Miller Jr.). Exploding with four goals in the fourth chukker, the University of Virginia never looked back and played cohesive team polo to capture the coveted title 13-7. Read article here.

Returning to Virginia Polo Inc., five teams will compete for the Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship title including defending champions UVA vying for their thirteenth title. 2022 runners-up University of North Texas (UNT), will compete alongside TAMU seeking a return to the podium for the first time since 2019, with Cornell University and Southern Methodist University rounding out the competition.

Photo: 2022 Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship Winners: University of Virginia - Connor Finemore, Parker Pearce, Jack McLean, Brennan Wells, Vlad Tarashansky, Jim Deal. Presented by USPA COO & In-House Counsel Chris Green and pictured with Coach Lou Lopez. ©Oana Moore

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Bracket II

Bracket III

Bracket IV

Bracket V

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

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University of North Texas (UNT) (2-0)

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Vance Miller III
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John Dencker
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Andrew Scott
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Vaughn Miller Jr.
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Niklaus Felhaber

University of Virginia (UVA) (1-1)

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Vlad Tarashansky
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Jim Deal
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Parker Pearce
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Makhdum 'Mak' Mourad Shah

Texas A&M University (TAMU) (1-1)

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Zak Coleman
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Quique Garcia
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Aiden Meeker
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Grayson Price

Cornell University (Cornell) (0-1)

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Pablo Herrera
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Benito Jaramillo
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Nick Paciorek
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Taylor Palacios
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Patricio Fraga-Errecart

Southern Methodist University (SMU) (0-1)

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Joe Coors
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Clark Mayer
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Landen Daniels
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Shane Metternick
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Alejandro Puyana
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Lance Stefanakis

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2023

April 11

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

Southern Methodist University (SMU) logo

Southern Methodist University (SMU) (0-1)

9

Texas A&M University (TAMU) logo

Texas A&M University (TAMU) (1-1)

17

Thursday, Apr 13, 2023

April 13

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

Cornell University (Cornell) logo

Cornell University (Cornell) (0-1)

7

University of Virginia (UVA) logo

University of Virginia (UVA) (1-1)

18

April 13

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

University of North Texas (UNT) logo

University of North Texas (UNT) (2-0)

20

Texas A&M University (TAMU) logo

Texas A&M University (TAMU) (1-1)

8

Saturday, Apr 15, 2023

April 15

Final

Division I Men's National Intercollegiate Championship

Virginia Polo Inc.

University of Virginia (UVA) logo

University of Virginia (UVA) (1-1)

9

University of North Texas (UNT) logo

University of North Texas (UNT) (2-0)

14

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

TOURNAMENT NEWS

DIVISION I MEN'S NATIONAL INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

THE VENUE

Home of the distinguished University of Virginia (UVA) polo team, Virginia Polo’s training facility sits on 75 spacious acres just five miles away from the historic University’s main campus. Equipped to support play year round, top-notch facilities include a 300’ by 150’ indoor arena building, 400’ by 150’ outdoor arena, and a regulation outdoor polo field.

Led by current coach and general manager, Lou Lopez, the UVA polo team is widely regarded as a powerhouse in intercollegiate polo. Some of their many illustrious achievements include 12 Men’s National Championships, 10 Women’s National Championships and 16 Polo Training Foundation (PTF) Intercollegiate Player of the Year Awards.

The Virginia Polo Center is host to numerous USPA interscholastic and intercollegiate tournaments, including the 2023 and 2024 Division I National Intercollegiate Championships.

Formed in the early 1950s, the polo club is a student-run organization which strives to instill core values including the merits of responsibility, hard work, dedication, rewards of fellowship, working as a team, and the ability to compete in an intercollegiate sport on the national level. Throughout the year, the facility continues to host USPA interscholastic and intercollegiate events for players of all ages and skill levels. Virginia Polo Inc. is a destination for everyone, developing high school and local area players through lessons, clinics, summer camps and other programs.


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