GW's Tyner, Illes Take Home CWPA Southern Division Weekly Honors
Tyner Named Player of the Week; Illes Tabbed Defensive Player of the Week
Oct. 10, 2012
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - George Washington junior Daniel Tyner was named Southern Division Player of the Week, and senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 1-7, the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announced on Wednesday.
Tyner paced the GW offense en route to a 3-1 weekend at the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament with team bests of 12 goals and 15 points to go along with seven steals, five ejections drawn and two penalties drawn. Five of his 12 goals came in man-up situations, while four were five-meter penalty goals and two proved to be game-winners.
Tyner netted the game-winning goal - the last of his team-high five goals in the game - with 1:04 to play in the Colonials' 8-7 win over Division III No. 8 Whittier to open the tournament. He added an assist, three steals and two ejections drawn in the contest. The junior from Long Beach, Calif., followed that performance with five more goals - including three penalty goals - to go along with an assist, two steals and two penalties drawn in GW's 12-11 upset victory over No. 19 California Baptist. Tyner concluded the tournament with two goals, an assist and two ejections drawn in a 14-13 overtime win over Division III No. 5 Chapman, sealing the victory with a five-meter penalty goal in the second extra session.
For the season, Tyner ranks second on the team with 30 goals and 48 points and is third with 18 assists despite playing in just 12 of 18 games.
A two-time All-Southern Division selection, Tyner earns his first career Player of the Week award, but he was twice tabbed Rookie of the Week in 2010. He is the first Colonial to be named Southern Division Player of the Week since John-Claude Wright on Nov. 10, 2009.
Illes put together a record-breaking weekend as he set a pair of program marks. The senior from Pittsburgh entered the tournament needing just 21 saves for GW's all-time record, but he recorded 49 in four games and now has 981 in his career, shattering Tony Paster's previous mark of 951 from 1996-99. In addition, Illes matched his own school record with 19 saves in the Colonials' 8-7 victory over Whittier.
Illes followed that performance with 12 saves in GW's 12-11 win over No. 19 California Baptist, recorded nine saves against Division III No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and another 11 against Chapman to average 12.25 saves per game on the weekend.
The award marks the fifth weekly accolade of Illes' career and his third already this season. He was named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 25 and shared the same award with Johns Hopkins goalie Erik Hendrikson on Sept. 3. In addition, he was twice named Southern Division Rookie of the Week in 2009.
GW (9-9, 1-2 Southern) has won four of its last five games following a 3-1 weekend at the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament. The Colonials host No. 14 Navy in a Southern Division showdown Wednesday evening at 8:15 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.