GW Men's Water Polo Hosts No. 14 Navy in Southern Division Showdown on Wednesday
Oct. 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - Following a successful weekend in California, the George Washington men's water polo team returns home for a Southern Division matchup with No. 14 Navy on Wednesday evening. Game time is set for 8:15 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW (9-9, 1-2 Southern) went 3-1 at last weekend's Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament in Claremont, Calif. The Colonials, who have won four of their last five games overall, defeated three nationally ranked opponents - No. 19 California Baptist (12-11), Division III No. 5 Chapman (15-14 in overtime) and Division III No. 8 Whittier (8-7). Junior Daniel Tyner led the Colonials with 12 goals and 15 points in four contests and scored the game-winner against both Whittier and Chapman. Moreover, senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes matched his own single-game program record with 19 saves against Whittier.
Needing just 21 saves to break the program's all-time record entering the weekend, Illes recorded 49 on the weekend for 981 in his career, shattering the mark previously held by Tony Paster ('99).
Junior Nate Little leads the Colonials with 39 goals this season, and he now has 192 in his career, leaving him just 11 shy of joining GW's all-time top-5 list. In addition, sophomore Brian Mojica is tops on the team with 32 assists and 49 points on the year, while freshman Bogdan Petkovic has recorded a team-best 52 steals in his inaugural campaign.
Navy (16-1, 2-0 Southern) has won four in a row following its only loss of the season to No. 9 Long Beach State on Sept. 27. The Mids have not played since defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands on Sept. 29, but they will visit Southern Division foe Johns Hopkins on Wednesday afternoon before coming to GW. Paul Pedrotty leads Navy with 59 goals and 82 points this season, while Erich Schwamb has a team-best 26 assists to go along with 25 goals for 51 points.
Navy swept the 2011 season series from GW and has won 25 straight against the Colonials since GW's last win in 2001.