Men's Water Polo Visits Bucknell

The Colonials will face Bucknell on Saturday.
Oct. 5, 2017

George Washington men's water polo heads to No. 17 Bucknell on Saturday for a Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference showdown. It’s a 5 p.m. start at Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa.

The Colonials (9-6, 3-2) sit in fourth place in the MAWPC standings through two weekends of conference play with a great opportunity to gain ground on the first-place Bison (8-6, 4-0).

LAST TIME OUT: GW picked up two MAWPC wins last weekend, showcasing tremendous offensive firepower. The Colonials knocked off Johns Hopkins, 20-10, on the road on Friday night before securing a 19-12 home win over Wagner the next day.

MENTIONING HONORS: Vaios Vlahotasios was named Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time on Thursday. The freshman keeper set a career high with 15 saves in last Friday’s win at Johns Hopkins. He went the distance in net against the Blue Jays and also came up with two assists and a steal.

Atakan Destici earned a spot on the Defensive Player of the Week honor roll after posting nine steals over two games last weekend.

IN FOCUS: GW landed just outside the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20 poll this week. The Colonials received five votes, two behind Fordham and Pomona-Pitzer, who were tied for 19th.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL: After a rough start against a torturous schedule, the Bison have won seven games in a row, including a 12-9 victory over GW at Charles E. Smith Center two weeks ago.

Marko Djordjevic was Bucknell’s catalyst in Foggy Bottom, finishing with four goals and three assists. Kerim Sismanoglu paced the Colonials with three goals.

GW beat Bucknell at Kinney Natatorium in their 2016 regular season meeting, 10-9, with Noah McKinnie Braun scoring the game-winner with three seconds left. The Bison went on to defeat the Colonials in the MAWPC Tournament Championship in the same pool.

UP NEXT: GW is headed to Massachusetts next week for a series of strong tests. The Colonials will face MIT on Thursday before spending the next three days at the Harvard Invitational. They’re set to face four ranked squads in a row in No. 11 Princeton, No. 13 St. Francis Brooklyn, No. 14 Harvard and No. 15 Brown.

WATCH THIS: Hear from Head Coach Barry King, Pierce Deamer and Zach Slaughter ahead of the trip to Bucknell.



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