GW Men's Water Polo Embarks on Annual West Coast Swing

Jonah Dowd recorded 12 points and eight steals on last season's West Coast trip.

   

Oct. 1, 2014

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GW Men's Water Polo West Coast Schedule
GW at California Baptist - Thursday, Oct. 2, 10 p.m. ET, Lancer Aquatics Center
GW at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - Friday, Oct. 3, 3:40 p.m. ET, Axelrod Pool | Watch Live
GW vs. Whittier - Friday, Oct. 3, 7:40 p.m. ET, Haldeman Pool
GW vs. Caltech - Saturday, Oct. 4, 2:20 p.m. ET, Haldeman Pool
GW vs. Occidental - Saturday, Oct. 4, 6:20 p.m. ET, Haldeman Pool

WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team sets out on its annual West Coast trip this week and will take on five teams in three days from Oct. 2-4.

GW (6-5, 0-4 Southern) will look to snap a four-game skid in California after dropping matches at Bucknell (11-10) and No. 12 Princeton (13-7) last weekend. The Colonials are receiving votes in the most recent national poll, which was released on Wednesday.

Senior Brian Mojica paces the Colonials with 44 points, and he is tied with senior Ridvan Pehlivan for the team lead with 26 goals apiece. Junior Bogdan Petkovic is tops on the squad with 23 assists, 33 steals and 11 field blocks and is second to Mojica in points (40). Freshman Pierce Deamer is the Colonials' third 20-goal scorer this season, and he leads the team with 23 ejections drawn. The quartet has combined to score nearly 66 percent of GW's 135 goals on the year.

Mojica is the Colonials' all-time assists leader with 165 in his career, and Petkovic is the program's all-time leader in field blocks with 59. He became the third Colonial ever with 200 steals in his career when he recorded six at Princeton on Sunday, and he currently ranks third with 204 while Mojica is sixth with 164. Mojica also ranks third on GW's all-time list with 47 career field blocks.

On last season's West Coast trip, now-junior Jonah Dowd recorded 12 points on nine goals and three assists and added eight steals in five games en route to earning CWPA Southern Division Player of the Week honors.

A native of Claremont, California, Dowd is one of 11 Colonials who will be returning to their home state this week. He joins Deamer (South Pasadena), Mojica (Cerritos), freshman Duke Becker (La Jolla), freshman Joe Behun (Carlsbad), freshman Noah McKinnie Braun (San Diego), junior Connor Dillon (Los Gatos), freshman Ryan Michalko (Danville), junior Alec Sedlachek (Rancho Palos Verdes), sophomore Alex Swart (Atherton) and senior Adam Wrobel (La Jolla).

First up for the Colonials on their West Coast swing is a visit to California Baptist on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET in Riverside, California. The Lancers, who are receiving votes in the latest national poll, are 9-7 this season following a 1-2 showing at last weekend's Aggie Shootout hosted by UC Davis, but both losses were to top-10 opponents. Eric Carnohan leads CBU with 36 goals, 17 assists and 26 ejections drawn this season. GW and Cal Baptist have met in seven of the last eight seasons. The Lancers edged the Colonials, 11-9, a year ago; Pehlivan scored three goals for GW while Dillon recorded eight saves in cage.

The final four games of the trip will be part of the annual Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament (formerly Claremont Convergence), co-hosted by Pomona-Pitzer Colleges, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges and University of La Verne.

The Colonials open the tournament on Friday at 3:40 p.m. ET at Division III No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Stags are 1-9 on the year after dropping a 13-6 decision at No. 11 Pepperdine on Sunday. GW and CMS have faced off in three straight Gary Troyer Tournaments.

GW next faces No. 16 Whittier, which is also the top-ranked team in Division III, on Friday at 7:40 p.m. ET at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool. The Poets are 7-7 on the year and have lost three in a row after going 1-3 at last weekend's Aggie Shootout, but all three losses were to top-10 teams and the win came against No. 13 Santa Clara. Petkovic scored three goals in GW's 11-9 loss at Whittier last season; the teams have met in each of the last three seasons, with neither team winning by more than two goals in any of those contests.

The Colonials begin Saturday's action at 2:20 p.m. ET against Caltech at Haldeman Pool. The Beavers are 5-7 on the season following a 19-12 loss to Connecticut College on Sunday.

GW concludes its West Coast trip against Occidental on Saturday at 6:20 p.m. ET, also at Haldeman Pool. The Tigers are 2-13 this season and have dropped seven in a row, including at14-13 loss to Connecticut College on Monday. GW and Occidental last met at the 2008 Claremont Convergence.

 

 

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