GW's Tyner, Dillon Nab Season's First CWPA Southern Division Weekly Awards
Tyner Named Player of the Week; Dillon Tabbed Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 11, 2013
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - George Washington senior Daniel Tyner was named Southern Division Player of the Week and sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for the first week of the season, the Collegiate Water Polo Association announced on Wednesday.
Tyner led GW to a 4-0 weekend at the Navy Open with a team-high 13 goals and six ejections drawn. The Long Beach, Calif., native added three assists for 16 points, which ranked second on the team, as well as three steals and a field block. Four of his goals came on power plays, and he needed just 19 shots for his 13 tallies for an efficient .684 shooting percentage.
Tyner scored a team-high five goals and drew three ejections in GW's 19-10 win over Gannon, and he posted hat tricks in victories over Salem International and Notre Dame (Ohio) while chipping in a pair of markers against Penn State Behrend.
The award marks the second Player of the Week accolade for Tyner in his career, as he also earned the honor on Oct. 10, 2012, the last time a Colonial was named Player of the Week.
Dillon recorded 19 saves in four wins at the Navy Open, posting an 8.36 goals-against average and a .452 save percentage.
The native of Los Gatos, Calif., made three saves and allowed just two goals in the first half of a 22-4 victory over Salem International to start the season and followed with seven saves in the full 32 minutes of a 19-10 win over Gannon, adding a steal and three assists on counterattack goals against the Golden Knights. Dillon held Penn State Behrend off the scoreboard while making three saves in the first quarter, then stopped six shots in a full match against Notre Dame (Ohio).
The award is the first weekly honor of Dillon's career, and he is the first Colonial to be named Defensive Player of the Week since Cameron Illes on Oct. 10, 2012.
GW knocked off four Southern Division-West Region opponents at the Navy Open to start the season 4-0 for the second consecutive season. The Colonials return to action this weekend at the Princeton Invitational, where they will take on No. 18 Santa Clara, Iona and Harvard, as well as the Penn club team.