GW Men's Water Polo Announces 2014 Schedule
Four League Home Games Highlight Fall Slate
July 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team will host four matches against CWPA Southern Division rivals and compete in three in-season tournaments as part of its 2014 schedule, 16th-year Head Coach Scott Reed announced on Wednesday.
The Colonials will kick off their 2014 campaign Sept. 6-7 at the annual Princeton Invitational, where they will face four opponents from the Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division, including two-time defending CWPA champion St. Francis (N.Y.), as well as MIT, Iona and Brown. The following weekend, GW will head to the Bison Invite hosted by Bucknell (Sept. 13-14) to take on three CWPA Southern Division West Region foes in Salem International, Penn State Behrend and Mercyhurst, as well as Fordham from the Northern Division.
GW hosts Southern Division East Region rivals Bucknell and Princeton on Sept. 20 and 21, respectively, to open its home slate at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials defeated the Bison, who finished 2013 ranked 18th in the nation, in a 15-14 thriller at home last season. The Tigers were ranked 15th in the final national poll.
A week later, GW will visit both the Bison (Sept. 27) and Tigers (Sept. 28) before making their annual trip to California for a match at Cal Baptist - which received votes in the national poll for much of 2013 - on Oct. 2 and the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament Oct. 3-4. Opponents for the annual event will be announced at a later date.
The Colonials then conclude the regular season with home-and-home series against Southern Division East Region rivals Johns Hopkins (home - Oct. 11; away - Oct. 22) and Navy (home - Oct. 25; away - Nov. 1). The Midshipmen finished 2013 ranked 17th nationally after winning the Southern Division title. GW knocked off both teams in exciting games at home last season, and the Colonials also defeated the rival Blue Jays in the first round of the CWPA Championship.
The 2014 CWPA Southern Division Championship is slated for Nov. 7-9 in Princeton, N.J., while the CWPA Championship will take place Nov. 21-23 in Annapolis, Md. The top five teams from the Southern Division Championship, along with the top three teams from the Northern Division Championship, earn automatic berths to the CWPA Championship, while the remaining four slots are selected by the league's Varsity Governance Council based on the cumulative results of regular-season and championship play between the teams.
"This year's schedule is a little different than last year," said Coach Reed. "Starting off with the Princeton Invite will challenge this team right from the get-go. The rest of the season is a good balance of home and away games that we haven't had in years. We have to be prepared for each and every game because there are no easy games this year."
The Colonials return 12 letterwinners, including two-time honorable mention All-American Bogdan Petkovic, from the 2013 squad that finished 16-15, posting its first winning season since 2006 and its most victories since 1998. GW, which placed seventh at the CWPA Championship, was ranked as high as 17th during the season.