GW Men's Water Polo Hosts Trio of Southern Division Rivals This Weekend
Bucknell, Navy, Princeton Visit Smith Center Pool
Sept. 19, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team hosts three CWPA Southern Division rivals this weekend in its first home matches of the season at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials will take on No. 18 Bucknell on Saturday at 8 p.m., before Sunday's doubleheader against Navy at 11 a.m. and No. 13 Princeton at 3 p.m.
At 6-1, GW is off to its best start in Head Coach Scott Reed's 15-year tenure. The Colonials are coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Princeton Invitational with wins over Iona and Harvard. Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic was named CWPA Southern Division Co-Player of the Week for his efforts last weekend when he recorded eight goals, 12 points, 11 steals and six field blocks.
Senior Daniel Tyner leads the Colonials with 19 goals and 26 points, followed by Petkovic with 15 goals and 25 points to go with team bests of 17 steals and 10 field blocks. Junior Brian Mojica has also tallied 25 points on six goals and a team-high 19 assists.
GW has outscored its opponents, 107-52, on the season. The Colonials' defense is led by sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon, who boasts an 8.00 goals-against average and a .505 save percentage this season.
Ranked 18th in the nation, Bucknell is 5-1 on the season after a 2-1 weekend at its own Bison Invite. The defending Southern Division champions are led by Stefan Aleksic, who has tallied 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists, as well as Julian Colina (15 goals) and Jack Else (13 goals). Goalie Keegan Williams has posted a .520 save percentage with 52 saves in all but two quarters.
Last season, the Colonials defeated the Bison, 15-12, at home, but lost, 13-8, in Lewisburg, Pa. Bucknell then took the rubber match, 13-12, in the second sudden-death period at the Southern Division Championship. Tyner scored 10 goals in three games against the Bison in 2012.
Navy is 8-5 on the season following a 3-5 combined split-squad showing at the Princeton Invite and Brown's Bruno Fall Invitational, facing four ranked opponents between the two tournaments. Carpenter Warren leads the Midshipmen with 27 points on 21 goals and six assists, while Carl Dowzicky has scored a team-high 22 goals. Garrett Sabesky has seen the most time in front of the cage for the Mids among seven goalies and owns a .496 save percentage. Navy will host Bucknell and Princeton on Saturday before making the short trip to D.C. on Sunday
The Midshipmen won both meetings with the Colonials in 2012, and Petkovic led the Colonials with four goals in the two games.
No. 13 Princeton is 3-0 on the season following a perfect weekend at its own Princeton Invitational, including a win over No. 16 Santa Clara. Drew Hoffenberg leads the Tigers with 13 points on eight goals and five assists, while Kayj Shannon has also scored eight goals. Goalie Alex Gow was named Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week after recording posting 21 saves and a .618 save percentage at the tournament. Princeton will visit Johns Hopkins and Navy on Saturday before continuing south to the District to take on GW.
The Colonials fell to the Tigers twice last season. Petkovic and Ridvan Pehlivan each scored three goals in the two contests.
Following this weekend's matches, the Colonials will host Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Sept. 28, as part of GW's Alumni Weekend. GW will also celebrate Senior Day, honoring seniors Paul Deasey, Nate Little, Adam Streeter and Tyner before their final home game. In addition, the GW women's water polo team will collect new toys before and during that contest to benefit Dr. Bear's Closet at Children's National Medical Center.