No. 20 GW Men's Water Polo Visits Bucknell, Princeton

Freshman Pierce Deamer has notched three hat tricks in his last four games.


Sept. 26, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The 20th-ranked George Washington men's water polo team visits CWPA Southern Division rivals Bucknell and No. 12 Princeton this weekend in rematches of last weekend's contests. The Colonials take on the Bison on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Kinney Natatorium before heading to Princeton's DeNunzio Pool to face the Tigers on Sunday at 11 a.m.

GW (6-3, 0-2 Southern) fell to both Bucknell and Princeton last weekend at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool despite eight goals from senior Ridvan Pehlivan in the two games.

Senior Brian Mojica became the program's all-time leader in assists on Sunday, breaking David Zenk's previous record. Mojica's mark now stands at 162. He leads the Colonials with 24 goals and 39 points this season, while junior Bogdan Petkovic, who broke the program's all-time record for field blocks with his 56th, paces the team with 18 assists and 24 steals and ranks second with 33 points.

Junior Connor Dillon and sophomore Sander Profaci have split time in goal this season, combining to post a 9.37 goals-against average and a .503 save percentage.

Bucknell (4-5, 2-2 Southern) went 1-2 in Southern Division road matches last weekend, defeating GW but falling to Johns Hopkins and No. 16 Navy. The Bison are led by Stefan Aleksic's 21 goals and 30 points on the year. Goalkeeper Keegan Williams has seen the majority of minutes in the cage, posting a .561 save percentage.

The Bison defeated the Colonials, 14-8, last Saturday. Pehlivan, Mojica and freshman Pierce Deamer each scored twice to lead GW while Grant Curry notched a hat trick for Bucknell. Pehlivan has tallied 16 goals in his career against Bucknell, while Petkovic has 12 goals in the series.

Ranked 12th in the nation, Princeton (8-1, 3-1 Southern) went 2-1 in Southern Division action last weekend, defeating GW and No. 16 Navy but falling to Johns Hopkins. Drew Hoffenberg paces the Tigers with 22 goals, 33 points, 17 steals and 20 ejections drawn. Goalkeepers Alex Gow and Vojislav Mitrovic have split time in the cage this season, combining to allow 80 goals while stopping 130 shots for a .619 save percentage.

Princeton edged GW, 14-12, on Sunday. Pehlivan scored a game-high six goals, while Deamer recorded his third hat trick in the last four contests. Pehlivan has scored 16 goals in his career against the Tigers.



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