GW's Petkovic Earns Second Defensive Player of the Week Honor
Junior Had 14 Steals, 12 Points on West Coast Trip
Oct. 9, 2014
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - George Washington men's water polo junior Bogdan Petkovic was named Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced on Thursday. The award covers games played Sept. 29-Oct. 5.
Petkovic was a force on both ends of the pool on GW's West Coast trip last week. He anchored the Colonials' defense with 14 steals and two field blocks while adding 12 points on eight goals and four assists as well as six ejections drawn on the offensive side.
Petkovic tallied five steals, four ejections drawn and five points (1g, 4a) at Cal Baptist on Thursday, then had three goals, four steals and two field blocks against No. 16 Whittier on Friday. He finished the week with two goals and five steals in GW's victory over Occidental in the final game of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Saturday.
For the season, the native of Belgrade, Serbia, leads the Colonials with 47 steals, 13 field blocks, 27 assists and 52 points, and he ranks second with 23 ejections drawn and fourth with 25 goals. Already GW's all-time leader in blocks (61), he ranks third in program history with 218 career steals.
The Defensive Player of the Week award is the second of the season for Petkovic, who also received the recognition on Sept. 15. It also marks the fifth weekly honor of his career, as the two-time Honorable Mention All-American was twice named Southern Division Rookie of the Week in 2012 and garnered a nod as Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 16, 2013. He is the first male player in CWPA history to win all three awards in his career.
Petkovic and the Colonials (8-8) return to action on Saturday evening when they host Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
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