GW Men's Water Polo Announces 2016 Schedule
Colonials open the season on Sept. 3 in the Brown Invitational
WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's water polo team will host five matches against Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) rivals and compete in three in-season tournaments while playing 11 games against teams that finished last season in the top 20 of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) rankings as part of its 2016 schedule, head coach Adam Foley announced on Thursday.
"This very rigorous schedule represents where I think this program is headed," said Foley. "We will be playing against some very talented and experienced teams throughout our season, including nine teams that finished in the top 20 last year and two teams that have been in the final four in recent years. The goal of this schedule is to raise the expectations for George Washington, and expose the team to a very high level of play. In doing so we will be better prepared to tackle our primary goal, which is to win a conference championship."
The Colonials will begin their 2016 campaign Sept. 3-4 at the Brown Invitational, where they will open with Brown, which finished the 2015 season ranked No. 11 in the CWPA, before facing MIT and No. 9 UC Davis. A week later, the Colonials will head to the Princeton Invitational to face Iona, No. 3 California and Air Force.
GW hosts its conference opener on Sept. 24 when it takes on Wagner at 3:30 p.m., before facing Fordham that evening at 8:00. The Colonials close the weekend with No. 17 Bucknell on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. The following weekend, GW begins a 10-game road swing when it takes on Fordham and Wagner on Oct. 2.
On Oct. 8, GW will play at No. 17 Bucknell and then face No. 10 Princeton and La Salle on the 9th. The Colonials head west for their annual trip to California on Oct. 20, when they will face No. 2 Pacific, before competing in the Rodeo Invitational at Santa Clara and West Valley College from Oct. 21-23. GW is slated to face Fresno Pacific, San Jose State and No. 9 UC Davis. On Oct. 24, the Colonials conclude the trip by playing No. 15 Santa Clara.
On Alumni Weekend at GW, the Colonials return home to face No. 20 Johns Hopkins on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. and Navy on the 29th at 4 p.m., and closes the regular season when it returns the games to Hopkins on Nov. 4 and Navy on Nov. 5. The 2016 MAWPC Championship will be held from Nov. 18-20 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium.
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