GW Men's Water Polo Opens 2013 Campaign at Navy Open This Weekend

Brian Mojica tallied 18 points at the 2012 Navy Open.

Sep 6, 2013

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team will play four games in two days at the annual Navy Open this weekend to kick off its 2013 slate. The Colonials will face Salem International and Gannon on Saturday before taking on Penn State Behrend and Notre Dame (Ohio) on Sunday.

Saturday, Sept. 7
GW vs. Salem International - 3:40 p.m., Lejeune Hall `A'
GW vs. Gannon - 7:10 p.m., Lejeune Hall `A'

Sunday, Sept. 8
GW vs. Penn State Behrend - 9:30 a.m., Scott Natatorium
GW vs. Notre Dame (Ohio) - 2:10 p.m., Scott Natatorium

The Colonials went 4-0 at the 2012 Navy Open, including dominating wins over Gannon (18-6), Penn State Behrend (21-5) and Notre Dame (16-9). Bogdan Petkovic led GW with 10 goals and 12 steals and added six assists for 16 points in his inaugural weekend en route to Southern Division Rookie of the Week honors, and Brian Mojica tallied a team-high 18 points on 10 goals and eight helpers to go with five blocks and seven steals.

GW returns 86 percent of its offense - including its top six scorers - from 2012, when the Colonials scored 304 goals. Petkovic returns for his sophomore campaign after earning Southern Division Rookie of the Year and All-America honorable mention accolades. Also back are seniors Daniel Tyner and Nate Little, who each reached the 50-goal plateau last year, as well as Mojica, whose 51 assists were the second-most ever in a single season in program history.



Salem International went 1-15 last season and will be led by Jorge Flores, who tallied 60 goals and 31 assists during his rookie season in 2012. GW last faced the Tigers in 2011, a 10-4 Colonials victory.

Gannon posted an 8-11 overall record a year ago, placing eighth at the CWPA Southern Division Championship. Daisuke Takagi led the Golden Knights with 45 goals and 34 assists en route to All-Southern Division Second Team honors.

Penn State Behrend finished 2012 with a 2-23 record and lost its top two scorers, including Division III All-America honorable mention Ali Khan. Matt Johnson is the Lions' leading returning scorer after tallying 15 goals and 17 assists last season.

Notre Dame (Ohio) went 11-13 last season, finishing seventh at the CWPA Southern Division Championship. Vanja Kopilas is back after earning All-Southern Division Second Team and Division II All-America honors in 2012. He scored 93 goals and recorded 78 ejections drawn last season.

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