GW's Matt Taylor Named CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week
Rookie Goalie Totaled 31 Saves Against 11 Goals Allowed on Opening Weekend
Sept. 9, 2015
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- George Washington freshman goalkeeper Matt Taylor was named Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season, the Collegiate Water Polo association (CWPA) announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Taylor was impressive on opening weekend at the Bruno Classic in Providence, Rhode Island, totaling 31 saves while allowing just 11 goals in two games in the cage, posting a .738 save percentage and a 5.50 goals-against average.
The Auckland, New Zealand, native recorded 17 saves in his collegiate debut against Occidental -- two shy of GW's single-game program record -- while allowing just three goals in GW's season-opening 8-3 win over the Tigers. Taylor then registered 14 saves against just eight goals allowed in a tight 8-6 loss to No. 17 St. Francis Brooklyn.
The award is the first weekly honor of Taylor's career, and he is the first Colonial to be named Defensive Player of the Week since teammate Bogdan Petkovic on Oct. 9, 2014.
Taylor's honor also marks the fourth year in a row that a Colonial has been recognized by the CWPA for his play during the first week of the season, as Brian Mojica was named Southern Division Player of the Week in 2014, Daniel Tyner and Connor Dillon were tabbed Player and Defensive Player of the Week in 2013 and Petkovic and Cameron Illes were named Rookie and Defensive Player of the Week in 2012.
Taylor and the Colonials return to action this weekend with four games at the two-day Bison Invitational, which takes place from Sept. 12-13 at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
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