Men's Water Polo Set for Princeton Invitational

Atakan Destici and the Colonials head to the Princeton Invitational this weekend.
Sept. 6, 2017

George Washington men’s water polo is set to face three ranked opponents over two days at the Princeton Invitational.

The 17th-ranked Colonials kick off the event against No. 4 UCLA on Friday at 2:20 p.m. before a 7:40 p.m. matchup with Iona. They come back Saturday to meet No. 10 Harvard (10 a.m.) and No. 14 Brown (6:45 p.m.).

LAST TIME OUT: GW opened the season last weekend with three wins at the Navy Open. The Colonials edged the host Midshipmen, 15-11, on Saturday before adding comfortable victories over Washington & Jefferson and Salem International. They moved up one spot in this week's CWPA national poll to No. 17.

IN FOCUS: GW has demonstrated impressive offensive balance so far. Eleven different Colonials have scored through three games, paced by 12 goals from Jordan Blosser.

SCOUTING UCLA: The Bruins made it to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships last fall before losing in overtime to California. They are 2-0 so far, winning both by double digits last weekend in their home pool.

SCOUTING IONA: The Gaels went 2-2 at the Navy Open last weekend, beating Cal Lutheran and Washington & Jefferson on Saturday before losing to Gannon and Navy on Sunday.

SCOUTING HARVARD: The Crimson was tested right out of the gate at its annual Bruno Classic. It came up short against then-No. 3 Stanford and then-No. 7 Pepperdine before bouncing back to beat McKendree and Wagner. Junior Nick Bunn has a team-best nine goals.

SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears are 3-3 after facing stiff competition at Harvard’s Bruno Classic. They pushed Pepperdine to overtime before falling and picked up a quality win over then-No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn.

WATCH & LEARN: The Colonials look back on opening weekend and ahead to a tough test at the Princeton Invitational.

UP NEXT: GW heads to the Bucknell Invitational for four games over three days, beginning Sept. 15. The Colonials are scheduled to meet Salem International, University of Toronto, Harvard and Mercyhurst.

 

 

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