GW Men's Water Polo Breaks Into National Rankings at No. 19

Ridvan Pehlivan is GW's second-leading goal scorer in 2013.

Sept. 25, 2013

Week 3 Varsity Top 20

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - Following a successful weekend with a pair of marquee wins over Southern Division opponents, the George Washington men's water polo team moved into the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Top 20 national rankings at No. 19 on Wednesday.

The Colonials cracked the Top 20 for the first time since the 2008 preseason poll, when they were ranked 18th.

GW is one of five CWPA programs ranked in the current Top 20 along with No. 11 Princeton, No. 16 St. Francis (N.Y.), No. 17 Brown and No. 20 Johns Hopkins. Fellow CWPA rivals Bucknell, Harvard and Navy are also receiving votes in the poll.

GW upset then-No. 18 Bucknell, 15-14, on Saturday, then knocked off Navy for the first time in over a decade, 14-13, on Sunday. At 8-2 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Division, the Colonials are off to their best start in Head Coach Scott Reed's 15-year tenure. The offense, behind senior Daniel Tyner (28 goals) and junior Ridvan Pehlivan (23), is averaging 14.1 goals per game.

The Colonials host 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool in their final home game of the season.



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