GW Men's Water Polo Hosts Rival Johns Hopkins on Saturday Evening
Colonials, Blue Jays Meet at 7 p.m. in Southern Division Action
Oct. 9, 2014
WASHINGTON - After five games in California, the George Washington men's water polo team returns to the Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Saturday evening to host CWPA Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The Colonials and Blue Jays split four matches last season with the final margin just two goals in three of the four contests. No. 19 GW defeated 20th-ranked Hopkins at home, 13-11, behind five goals and seven points from junior Bogdan Petkovic. The Colonials also knocked off the Blue Jays, 5-3, in the first round of the CWPA Championship. Petkovic has scored 16 goals in seven career games against Johns Hopkins, as the teams have met at least three times in each of the last five seasons.
GW (8-8, 0-4 Southern) went 2-3 during its five-game West Coast trip last week, downing Caltech and Occidental after dropping three tight contests against Cal Baptist, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 16 Whittier. Petkovic was named Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in California, as he was a force on both ends of the pool, tallying 14 steals, 12 points (8g, 4a) and six ejections drawn.
Petkovic (25g, 27a) and senior Brian Mojica (29g, 23a) lead the Colonials in scoring with 52 points apiece. Petkovic is also tops on the team with 47 steals and 13 field blocks, while senior Ridvan Pehlivan has scored a team-best 37 goals. In addition, freshman Pierce Deamer paces GW with 31 ejections drawn to go with his 26 goals. The quartet has combined to score more than 60 percent of the Colonials' 194 goals this season.
Junior Connor Dillon and sophomore Saner Profaci have split time in cage, combining for a 9.88 goals-against average and a .506 save percentage.
Johns Hopkins (6-6, 2-2 Southern) went 1-3 in four games in California last weekend. The Blue Jays are led offensively by Johnny Beal (27g, 13a) and Wes Hopkins (20g, 20a) with 40 points apiece. Erik Henrikson has seen most of the goalkeeping minutes, posting a .440 save percentage.
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