GW Men's Water Polo Announces 2013 Schedule
Four League Home Games Highlight Fall Slate
June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team will host four matches against CWPA Southern Division rivals, including three in one weekend, as part of its 2013 regular-season schedule, 15th-year head coach Scott Reed announced today.
The Colonials will welcome CWPA Southern Division champion Bucknell to the Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Sept. 21. The evening home opener will be followed by a doubleheader against Navy and Princeton the next day, and rival Johns Hopkins rounds out the home slate on Sept. 28.
GW will kick off its 2013 campaign as it has in 13 of the previous 14 seasons - at the Navy Open (Sept. 7-8), one of three in-season tournaments on tap. The following week, the Colonials will head to the Princeton Invite (Sept. 13-15).
The Colonials make their annual trip to California for the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament (Oct. 4-5), and they will visit California Baptist (Oct. 3), which was ranked for much of 2012, as well. Game times and opponents for all three tournaments will be announced at a later date.
In addition, GW will visit league rivals Bucknell (Oct. 12), Princeton (Oct. 25), Johns Hopkins (Nov. 1) and Navy (Nov. 2). All four league opponents finished last season ranked in the top 20 in the final national poll. While in Princeton, N.J., the Colonials will also square off with Iona and Fordham (Oct. 26).
The 2013 CWPA Southern Division Championship is slated for Nov. 8-10 in Annapolis, Md., while the Eastern Championship will take place Nov. 22-24 in Providence, R.I., with the winner earning the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship Dec. 7-8 in Stanford, Calif.
"Starting off at the Navy Open always gives us a chance to see how well our team is progressing, followed by a tough Princeton Invite that is always a great challenge," Coach Reed said. "Cal Baptist is going to be one of the premier teams out west this year, and as always we have a very competitive league schedule with Navy, Princeton, Bucknell and Johns Hopkins at home."
The Colonials return 13 letterwinners, including honorable mention All-American and Southern Division Rookie of the Year Bogdan Petkovic, from the 2012 squad that finished 12-16 overall and placed sixth at the Southern Division Championship.