GW Men's Water Polo Hits the Road for Two Southern Division Matchups
Colonials Visit Rivals Johns Hopkins and Navy This Weekend
Oct. 15, 2015
WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's water polo team hits the road for a pair of CWPA Southern Division matchups this weekend with visits to Johns Hopkins on Friday at 7 p.m. and Navy on Sunday at 11 a.m.
GW is coming off a 17-10 loss at No. 13 Bucknell last Saturday. Sophomore Pierce Deamer matched his career high with five goals and six ejections drawn, and freshman goalkeeper Matt Taylor recorded 13 saves.
Deamer paces the Colonials with 45 goals, 23 assists and 68 points this season, and he ranks second on the team in ejections drawn (33) and third in steals (20). Freshman Brett Else has recorded team highs of 33 steals and 36 ejections drawn to go with his 15 goals, and sophomore Noah McKinnie Braun boasts a team-best 10 field blocks while adding 16 goals and 20 steals.
More than 85 percent of the Colonials' 175 goals this season have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.
Senior Connor Dillon ranks fifth all-time at GW with 525 career saves. He leads a quartet of goalkeepers with 82 stops on the year, while Taylor boasts a team-best .549 save percentage with 73 blocks against 60 goals allowed.
Johns Hopkins (12-6, 3-2 Southern) is receiving votes in the most recent national poll. The Blue Jays are coming off a 9-4 loss at 13th-ranked Bucknell on Sunday. Freshman Giorgio Cico, a four-time Southern Division Rookie of the Week, leads the Blue Jays with 41 goals and 72 points, while Langdon Froomer has tallied 67 points on 28 goals and a team-high 39 assists while adding 28 steals. Matt Fraser has recorded a team-best 33 ejections drawn to go with his 31 goals, 22 assists and 26 steals. Erik Henrikson and John Wilson have split time in goal, combining for 158 saves.
The Blue Jays have defeated the Colonials twice this season, including an 11-8 decision at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Sept. 25. Deamer and freshman James McLean each notched hat tricks to lead the Colonials, and freshman goalkeeper Austin Pyrch recorded a career-high 13 saves. Fraser led the Blue Jays with four goals.
The Colonials and Blue Jays have met at least three times in eight consecutive seasons, and the rivals are prone to close contests, as six of the last 10 games have resulted in final margins of two goals or less. Deamer has scored 12 goals in five career games against Johns Hopkins, and Dillon has totaled 54 saves in five contests against the Blue Jays.
Also receiving votes in the national poll, Navy (8-7, 1-2 Southern) fell to No. 13 Bucknell on Sunday by a score of 15-11. David Huber leads the Midshipmen with 37 goals, while Carl Dowzicky has scored a team-best 48 points on 29 goals and 19 assists to go with his team-high 25 steals. Four goalkeepers have seen time in the cage this season, led by Beau Bayless, who boasts 97 saves and a .485 save percentage. Navy will host Bucknell and Johns Hopkins on Saturday before facing GW on Sunday.
GW fell to Navy, 18-14, on Oct. 7 at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials scored seven goals in the fourth quarter, but its comeback bid fell short. Senior Jonah Dowd matched his career high with five goals, including three during the Colonials' fourth-quarter rally, and Dillon recorded a team-best 16 saves. He has 52 saves across five career games against the Midshipmen.
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