GW's Illes, Petkovic Earn CWPA Southern Division Weekly Awards
Sept. 4, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - George Washington senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes was named Southern Division co-Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman Bogdan Petkovic was tabbed co-Rookie of the Week, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced on Tuesday.
Illes recorded 32 saves and allowed just 23 goals in four victories at the season-opening Navy Open last weekend. He finished with a 7.67 goals-against average and a .580 save percentage while adding three assists and six steals in 12 quarters of action over the four games. After recording three saves in the first half against Penn State Behrend on Saturday, the Pittsburgh native stopped a season-high 13 shots in an 11-10 win over Iona. He followed that up with nine saves in a 16-9 win over Notre Dame (Ohio) on Sunday before setting aside seven shots in the first half against Gannon in the finale.
With his performance over the weekend, Illes moved into second place all-time at GW with 817 career saves and now needs just 135 to become the Colonials' record holder.
The award marks the third weekly accolade of Illes' career, as he was named Southern Division Rookie of the Week twice in 2009. He shares this week's honor with Johns Hopkins goalie Erik Hendrikson.
Petkovic had an impressive showing in his inaugural weekend with the Colonials, leading the team with 10 goals and 12 steals and adding six assists for 16 points. His best game occurred against Notre Dame (Ohio) on Sunday, when he scored four goals - including two penalty goals - and added four assists for a team-best eight points along with three steals.
The native of Belgrade, Serbia also tallied four goals in four attempts later in the day against Gannon. Petkovic recorded at least one goal and two steals in all four matches, with a season-high four steals against Iona on Saturday.
The first Colonials player to be named Rookie of the Week since teammate Paul Deasey on Sept. 28, 2010, Petkovic shares the award with countryman Stefan Aleksic of Bucknell.
GW won all four of its matches at the Navy Open, starting the season with a 4-0 mark for the first time since 2006. The Colonials will put their perfect record on the line this weekend at the Princeton Invite, where they will face 2011 national runner-up and preseason No. 2 UCLA, as well as MIT, preseason No. 20 Brown and Fordham.