GW Men's Water Polo Climbs to No. 17 for West Coast Swing
Colonials Improve Two Spots in National Poll
Oct. 2, 2013
GW Men's Water Polo's West Coast Schedule
WASHINGTON - The No. 17 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. 3-5.
The Colonials (9-2, 3-1 Southern) moved up two spots to No. 17 in this week's Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Varsity Top 20 national rankings, their highest slot since also ranking 17th in the final poll of the 2007 season.
GW is one of four CWPA programs ranked in the current Top 20, along with No. 13 Princeton, No. 16 St. Francis (N.Y.) and No. 19 Harvard. Fellow CWPA rivals Brown, Johns Hopkins, Navy and Mercyhurst are also receiving votes in the poll.
At 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Division, the Colonials are off to their best start in Head Coach Scott Reed's 15-year tenure. GW defeated then-No. 20 Johns Hopkins, 13-11, on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool behind five goals from sophomore Bogdan Petkovic.
Senior Daniel Tyner leads the Colonials with 29 goals and 47 points, followed by Petkovic's 24 goals and 41 points to go with a team-best 31 steals and 18 field blocks. Junior Brian Mojica is tops on the team with 25 assists.
Mojica ranks third all-time at GW with 124 assists in his career, and he is fifth with 24 field blocks, while Petkovic is second in that category with 36. In addition, senior Nate Little ranks fourth all-time with 223 goals, and classmate Paul Deasey is fifth with 110 career assists.
GW is averaging 14.0 goals per game and has outscored its opponents, 154-93, on the season. The Colonials' defense is led by sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon, who boasts a 9.54 goals-against average with 75 saves.
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, Calif. The Lancers are 5-6 this season following a 2-1 showing at last weekend's Air Force Tournament. GW defeated then-No. 19 Cal Baptist, 12-11, last season behind Tyner's five goals.
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, Whitter College and University of La Verne.
The Colonials open the tournament on Friday at 4:40 p.m. ET at Division III No. 5 (T) Whittier. The Poets are 5-9 on the year and have lost three in a row after falling to both Princeton and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Sunday. Last season, GW edged Whittier, 8-7, as Tyner netted the game-winner with 1:04 remaining - the last of his five goals in the game.
GW next faces Division III No. 5 (T) California Lutheran on Friday at 9 p.m. ET at Whittier's Slade Aquatics Center. The Kingsmen are 4-10 following losses to a pair of Top-15 teams in Concordia and UC Santa Barbara. The Colonials last faced Cal Lutheran at the 2009 Claremont Convergence, a 10-9 GW win.
The Colonials begin Saturday's action at 12 p.m. ET against Fresno Pacific at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool in Claremont, Calif. The Sunbirds are 5-6 on the year and coming off losses to Top-20 teams UC Davis and Redlands at Sunday's Aggie Shootout. GW has not faced Fresno Pacific since the 2008 Claremont Convergence, a 10-8 victory of the Colonials.
GW concludes its West Coast trip against Division III No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, also at Haldeman Pool. The Stags are 3-8 on the season but are coming off a 13-12 win over Whittier on Sunday. GW and CMS faced off at last season's Gary Troyer Tournament with the Stags coming out on top, 13-10. Little led the Colonials with four goals in the game.