GW Men’s Water Polo Heads to Princeton Invitational This Weekend
Colonials set to take on a pair of ranked foes
GW vs. Iona – Friday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m.
GW vs. No. 3 California – Friday, Sept. 9, 4:45 p.m.
GW vs. No. 15 Air Force – Saturday, Sept. 10, 9:15 a.m.
The George Washington men’s water polo team is set to compete at the Princeton Invitational hosted by Princeton University this Friday and Saturday at DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, New Jersey.
The Colonials (1-2) will take on three teams including two ranked inside the most recent Collegiate Water Polo Association’s (CWPA) national poll. GW, which is receiving votes in the CWPA poll, will open the tournament vs. Iona at 10:30 a.m. on Friday before matchups with No. 3 California (Friday, 4:45 p.m.) and No. 15 Air Force (Saturday, 9:15 a.m.).
In its opening weekend of competition at the Bruno Classic, GW received a number of standout performances while picking up a win over MIT and falling to a pair of ranked teams in then-No. 13 Brown and No. 10 UC Davis. Redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic netted eight goals on the weekend, as did freshman Atakan Destici. In an impressive collegiate debut, Destici scored five goals in the season-opening, 12-11 loss to Brown.
Destici wasn’t the only Colonial newcomer with an impressive opening weekend, as classmate Andrew Mavis accounted for five goals in three games.
GW faced Iona (3-1) last season and scored a season-high tying 17 goals in a 17-13 win. Pierce Deamer and Duke Becker scored four goals apiece to lead the Colonials – a career high for Becker – while Zach Slaughter and Jack Kerwin each notched their first career hat tricks.
No. 3 California will open its season this weekend at the Princeton Invite. The Bears are coming off a 24-7 season in which they claimed third at the NCAA Championships. No. 15 Air Force (1-1) split last weekend’s season-opening Triton Tournament, defeating Cal Lutheran (14-8), and falling to UC Santa Barbara (20-11).
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