No.16 GW Men’s Water Polo Opens League Play at Home This Weekend
Colonials Host Trio of Opponents Over Two-Days of Competition
WASHINGTON – The No. 16 George Washington men’s water polo team opens CWPA Mid-Atlantic Division play this weekend with its first three home games of the season at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool against a trio of opponents. The Colonials will host Wagner on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. before facing Fordham at 8 p.m. GW concludes the weekend on Sunday at 10 a.m. against No. 13 Bucknell.
GW (3-3) has not played since the Princeton Invitational Sept. 9-11, posting a 2-1 showing at the tournament with a 12-11 overtime victory against then-No. 15 Air Force, a win over Iona, and a loss to No. 3 California. The win over Air Force marked GW’s first over a ranked opponent since a 19-18, overtime win against St. Francis (NY) on September 7, 2014.
Freshman Atakan Destici paces GW with 17 goals and 23 points through six games this season. Redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic is second on the team with 12 goals and 19 points, and leads the Colonials with seven assists. The Belgrade, Serbia native has already racked up 25 steals on the season, breaking the all-time career record with 279 steals. The record was previously held by David Zenk (2005-2008), who recorded 269 steals during his time at GW.
Three goalkeepers have seen time in the cage this season, with sophomore Matt Taylor seeing the majority of minutes and recording 52 saves.
Wagner (3-7) enters competition coming off a pair of victories after attending Bucknell University’s Bison Invitational. The Seahawks defeated their first ever nationally-ranked opponent with a 12-11 victory over No.18 St. Francis Brooklyn. The team went on to finish the weekend 2-2 with a 10-8 victory over University of Toronto.
Fordham (3-4) last played at the Princeton Invitational, where they fell short to a trio of nationally-ranked teams. No.13 Bucknell (6-1) completed a perfect weekend at their Bison Invitational with a 9-8 win over No. 14 Brown. The Bison are 6-1 for the first time since 2013 and now have two one-goal wins over ranked opponents this season.
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