GW's Petkovic, Deamer Nab Southern Division Weekly Honors
Petkovic Named Defensive Player of the Week; Deamer Tabbed Top Rookie
Sept. 16, 2014
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - George Washington junior Bogdan Petkovic was named Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Pierce Deamer was tabbed Rookie of the Week, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced on Monday evening. The awards cover games played Sept. 8-14.
Petkovic anchored a staunch defensive effort at last weekend's Bison Invitational, recording a team-high 13 steals and three field blocks as GW allowed just 20 goals in four wins. On the other side of the pool, the center defender chipped in four goals and a team-best eight assists for 12 points as the 20th-ranked Colonials improved to 6-1 on the season.
The junior from Belgrade, Serbia, tallied five steals and three assists in an 8-7 win over Fordham to open the weekend, then closed it out with five steals, two blocks, three goals and three assists in a 15-6 victory over Mercyhurst.
For the season, Petkovic leads the Colonials with 19 steals, five blocks and 14 assists and ranks second with 13 goals, 27 points and nine ejections drawn.
The Defensive Player of the Week award is the first of Petkovic's career, but the fourth weekly honor as the two-time Honorable Mention All-American was twice named Southern Division Rookie of the Week in 2012 and garnered a nod as Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 16, 2013.
Deamer tallied team highs of nine goals, 13 points and six ejections drawn to go with four steals in his second weekend of collegiate competition. His nine goals came on 18 shots for a .500 shooting percentage, and two of his goals came on power plays.
A native of South Pasadena, California, Deamer notched his first career hat trick in the Colonials' 20-5 win over Salem International, then scored a career-high five goals on six shots in a 16-2 win over Penn State Behrend. The freshman utility finished the weekend with three points (1g, 2a), two steals, four ejections drawn and a penalty drawn against Mercyhurst.
For the season, Deamer leads GW with 12 ejections drawn and ranks third on the team with 20 points and fourth with 12 goals and eight assists.
The Rookie of the Week award is the first of Deamer's young career. The Colonials have now garnered three weekly accolades in two weeks this season as last Wednesday senior Brian Mojica was tabbed the Southern Division's first Player of the Week of 2014.
Petkovic, Deamer and the Colonials return to the pool this weekend when they open league play against Bucknell on Saturday at 7 p.m. and No. 11 Princeton on Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
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