GW Men’s Water Polo Set for West Coast Swing

Atakan Destici leads GW with 47 goals
Oct. 19, 2016

Thursday, Oct. 20 at No. 4 Pacific -- 10 p.m. ET -- Live Stream
Friday, Oct. 21 vs. Fresno Pacific -- 8:40 p.m. ET
Saturday, Oct. 22 at San Jose State -- 4:00 p.m. ET
Sunday, Oct. 23 vs. No. 10 UC Davis -- 4:20 p.m. ET
Monday, Oct. 24 at Santa Clara -- 8 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON -- The No. 14 George Washington men’s water polo team returns to action after a nearly two-week break as it makes a five-game West Coast swing which gets underway Thursday at No. 4 Pacific.

The Colonials will play five games over five days, as they’ll head to the Rodeo Invitational in Santa Clara, California, for three games, before concluding the trip at Santa Clara on Monday, Oct. 24.

GW, which at No. 14 has achieved its highest ranking in school history, comes in with a 9-5 record. They’ll face two squads in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) top 20, also taking on No. 10 UC Davis on Sunday, Oct. 23 as part of the Rodeo Invitational, in addition to Pacific.

The Colonials have been led by redshirt senior center defender Bogdan Petkovic, freshman forward Atakan Destici and sophomore goalkeeper Matt Taylor. Petkovic and Taylor captured back-to-back CWPA Mid-Atlantic Player of the Week awards earlier this month. Destici leads the team with 66 points on 47 goals and 19 assists.

Fourth-ranked Pacific comes into the matchup with a 13-4 overall record and a 4-0 lead in the all-time series with GW, with the last meeting coming in 2007. GW’s other ranked opponent, No. 10 UC Davis, claimed an 18-6 win over the Colonials on Sept. 4 and also owns a 13-4 record.

GW will also play games against Fresno Pacific (8-9) on Friday, Oct. 21, San Jose State (3-11) on Saturday, Oct. 22, and Santa Clara (6-9) on Monday, Oct. 24.

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