#17 GW Men’s Water Polo Fires Past Navy, 15-7
Colonials move into first place in MAWPC Division play
WASHINGTON -- The 17th-ranked GW men’s water polo team closed the home portion of its regular season schedule in dominant fashion on Saturday afternoon with a 15-7 victory over Navy.
With the win, the Colonials moved atop the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) standings with a 7-1 mark, a victory more than second place Bucknell (6-1). GW is set to close the regular season next weekend with visits to Johns Hopkins (Friday, 7 p.m.) and the Midshipmen (Saturday, 7 p.m.), ahead of the MAWPC Championship, Nov. 18-20 in Lewisburg, Pa.
Once again, fifth-year senior Bogdan Petkovic led the way to victory, with five goals, three assists and two field blocks. Petkovic, who redshirted last season, has been at the forefront of a turnaround that has seen the Colonials go from 0-8 in division play to 7-1.
“It’s not a surprise, because this is what we were going for,” said Petkovic. “This was our plan all along; we knew we had the potential to be at the place we are right now, and I’m glad we’ve succeeded in it.”
Petkovic had the help of a strong supporting cast as freshman Andrew Mavis tallied three goals while classmate Atakan Destici had two and sophomore Zach Slaughter also scored twice. GW’s defensive effort yielded just two goals in the first half as the Colonials outscored Navy 5-1 in each of the first two quarters to take control.
After leading 10-2 at halftime, GW continued to apply the pressure in the third quarter. Petkovic scored his fourth and fifth goals of the game, while Slaughter had two and Jordan Blosser added one.
The Colonials closed out the win from there to finish their home schedule with a 4-1 record. GW has also locked up a top-two finish in its division ahead of the MAWPC Championship in three weeks.
“The goals we set were to have a winning home record and to play for the division title, and I think that’s very doable,” said Petkovic. “We’ve beaten every team in our conference, so whoever we meet starting in the playoffs, we’re confident we can play against them if we bring our best game.”
#17 GW 15, Navy 7
GW -- 5-5-5-0--15
NAVY -- 1-1-2-3--7
GW Goals: Petkovic 5, Mavis 3, Destici 2, Slaughter 2, Deamer 1, Blosser 1, Kerwin 1
GW Assists: Destici 4, Petkovic 3, Kerwin 2, Blosser 2, Braun 1, Becker 1
GW Steals: Destici 3, Braun 2, Blosser 2, Pyrch 2, Taylor 1, Slaughter 1, Becker 1, Else 1, Mavis 1, Swart 1
GW Field Blocks: Petkovic 2, Destici 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Mavis 3, Destici 1, Deamer 1, Blosser 1
GW Saves: Taylor 5, Pyrch 5, Profaci 1
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