Men's Water Polo Ready for MAWPC Play

Sept. 21, 2017

George Washington men's water polo opens Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) play this weekend with two of its three games at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

The 18th-ranked Colonials (6-4) are set for a split doubleheader Saturday. They'll start with a road contest at Navy at noon before heading back to Foggy Bottom to host No. 17 Bucknell at 8 p.m. The nightcap is a rematch of last season's MAWPC Tournament championship. On Sunday, GW welcomes Fordham to its home pool at 1 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: GW went 2-1 at the Bucknell Invitational last weekend with wins over Salem International and Mercyhurst bookending a loss to No. 11 Harvard. After that showing, the Colonials dropped one spot in the latest CWPA national poll. All four of their losses this season have come against ranked foes.

FABULOUS FRESHMEN Goalkeeper Vaios Vlahotasios was named the CWPA Mid-Atlantic Rookie of the Week on Thursday. The freshman from Greece shined in net for GW at the Bucknell Invitational. He totaled 17 saves against 13 goals allowed over three games. His best game came Saturday night against No. 11 Harvard when he piled up a career-high 12 stops.

It's the second week in a row a Colonial has won the award. Andras Levai was the other honoree.

IN FOCUS: Vlahotasios and Junior Austin Pyrch have split time in net, combining for 106 saves against 110 goals. Pyrch has more total saves (75 to 31) but Vlahotasios has a better save percentage (53 percent to 48).

SCOUTING NAVY: The Midshipmen had last weekend off on the heels of an 0-3 showing at the Princeton Invitational that dropped their overall record to 5-5. GW won both meetings last season and also beat Navy, 15-11, in its Sept. 2 season opener, powered by six goals from Levai.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL: Bucknell and GW split two regular season meetings last season before the Bison prevailed, 11-5, in the MAWPC Tournament final. The Bison are led by Rade Joksimovic, who was the MVP of the 2016 conference tournament. They are 4-6 in the early going with all six of their losses to ranked opponents.

SCOUTING FORDHAM: The Rams enter the weekend at 4-3, including a one-goal loss to No. 14 Brown. Jake Miller-Tolt is back after tallying 61 goals, 31 assists and 71 steals as a freshman last fall. GW won both 2016 matchups by double figures.

UP NEXT: GW's MAWPC schedule continues next weekend with a short trip to Johns Hopkins on Friday and a home tilt with Wagner on Saturday.

WATCH & LEARN: Head Coach Barry King, Jack Kerwin and Zach Slaughter look ahead to the start of conference play.



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