GW Men's Water Polo Climbs to No. 18 in National Poll
Colonials Have Won Five Straight, Sit at 6-1 Entering League Weekend
Sept. 17, 2014
Week 2 Varsity Top 20
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - Following a perfect 4-0 weekend that extended its winning streak to five in a row, the George Washington men's water polo team moved up two spots in the Varsity Top 20 national rankings to No. 18 on Wednesday.
At 6-1, GW has matched its best start in Head Coach Scott Reed's 16-year tenure; the Colonials also were 6-1 through seven games last season en route to a 9-2 start and two weeks in the national poll, where they peaked at No. 17 on Oct. 2.
The Colonials picked up four wins at last weekend's Bison Invitational, outscoring their opponents, 59-20. Led by senior Brian Mojica (21g, 10a) and junior Bogdan Petkovic (13g, 14a), GW's offense is averaging 14.0 goals per game, while the defense has allowed just 8.7 behind the goalkeeping duo of junior Connor Dillon and sophomore Sander Profaci.
Petkovic was recognized as the CWPA Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, while freshman Pierce Deamer was tabbed Rookie of the Week for their efforts at the Bison Invite.
GW is one of five CWPA programs ranked in the current Top 20, along with No. 8 Princeton, No. 14 Harvard and Nos. 16 Brown and Navy (tied). Fellow CWPA rivals St. Francis, Bucknell and Fordham are also receiving votes.
The Colonials host a pair of Southern Division rivals this weekend to open league play. GW will take on Bucknell on Saturday at 7 p.m. and eighth-ranked Princeton on Sunday at 11 a.m., with both contests taking place at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
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