Men's Water Polo Set for Challenging Week

Brett Else and the Colonials are gearing up for a difficult week.
Oct. 10, 2017

Four ranked opponents await George Washington men's water polo at the Harvard Invitational.

The Colonials (9-7) are set for a nonconference road game at MIT on Thursday night before they face No. 15 Brown, No. 11 Princeton, No. 13 St. Francis Brooklyn and No. 14 Harvard over the next three days at Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass.

LAST TIME OUT: GW fell at No. 17 Bucknell, 11-9, on Saturday. The Colonials led at halftime, but the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference-leading Bison scored the final two goals to break a fourth quarter tie and complete the regular season sweep.

IN FOCUS: All seven of GW's losses this season have come against teams currently ranked in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top-20, including three straight games decided by three goals or fewer. The Colonials' last win over a ranked opponent came last season when they beat then-No. 9 Bucknell, 10-9, on Oct. 8, 2016.

SCOUTING MIT: The Engineers (6-10) have held their own against top competition, including narrow losses to Brown (11-10) and Harvard (10-8) last weekend. They are ranked third in the CWPA national Division III poll.

SCOUTING BROWN: The Bears (9-7) are certainly battle-tested. They've played five straight one-goal games, entering the Harvard Invitational.

Brown beat GW, 10-6, at the Princeton Invitational on Sept. 9, behind two goals apiece from Tyler Kirchberg, Galen Hu and James Thygesen.

SCOUTING PRINCETON: The Tigers (13-3) remain unbeaten in Northeast Water Polo Conference play. They're 4-3 against ranked opponents with all three losses to West Coast foes.

SCOUTING ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN: The Terriers (6-5) have won six games in a row after a tough start, including three over ranked foes, to cement their spot among the East Coast's best squads.

SCOUTING HARVARD: The Crimson (11-4) owns two wins over GW this season. Harvard won, 14-8, on Sept. 9 at the Princeton Invitational and, 16-11, at the Bucknell Invitational a week later. Andrew Mavis scored five goals between the two games to pace the Colonials.

WATCH & LEARN: Head Coach Barry King, Austin Pyrch and Joe Behun preview the challenging week ahead.

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