Men's Water Polo Hosts No. 15 Navy Wednesday Night
Oct. 11, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team will battle its fifth nationally ranked opponent of the season Wednesday night when it hosts No. 15 Navy in a CWPA Southern Division clash at Charles E. Smith Center Pool at 8:15 p.m.
Wednesday's contest marks GW's final home contest of the 2011 season. The Colonials opened their home and CWPA Southern Division portion of their schedule Sept. 24 and 25, posting a victory over Johns Hopkins (14-13) and losses to nationally ranked foes Princeton (14-8) and Bucknell (10-8).
The matchup will be intriguing both in and out of the pool as the Colonials look for their first win over a nationally ranked opponent this season and daughter-father assistant coaches Blaise and Mladen Stanicic square off from opposite benches. Blaise joined GW as an assistant coach in September following an All-American career at Maryland and professional playing career in Croatia. Mladen is in his sixth season as an assistant at Navy.
GW (7-11, 1-2) is coming off a 1-3 performance at the Claremont Convergence this past weekend where it faced four teams ranked in the top 10 of the CWPA Varsity Division III rankings. The Colonials returned from southern California early Sunday after splitting a pair of sudden-death overtime contests on Saturday.
Sophomore Daniel Tyner paces the attack with 46 goals, 64 points and 36 ejections drawn through 18 games. He's followed by classmate Nate Little, who has 41 goals and 48 points despite missing the earlier league contests due to injury. Freshman Brian Mojica has performed well in his debut season, totaling a team-best 22 assists and 39 steals to go along with 19 goals in 18 contests. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes has amassed 166 blocks in 76 quarters of play and is allowing 9.21 goals per game.
Navy (13-5, 0-2) has been idle for 18 days following back-to-back losses to league rivals Princeton and Bucknell to begin CWPA Southern Division play Sept. 24. The Mids will start action Wednesday night at Southern rival Johns Hopkins in Baltimore at 4 p.m.