GW Men's Water Polo Hosts Navy on Senior Day

Matthew Williams is one of five seniors who will be honored before Saturday's contest.


Oct. 23, 2014

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WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team hosts Southern Division rival Navy on Saturday evening in its final home match of the year. Game time at Charles E. Smith Center Pool is set for 7 p.m.

Prior to the contest, the Colonials will honor seniors Rafi Castillo, Brian Mojica, Ridvan Pehlivan, Matthew Williams and Adam Wrobel, who will be playing in front of their home fans for the final time.

GW (9-9, 1-5 Southern) is coming off a 13-11 win at Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins on Wednesday evening. Four Colonials - Mojica, Pehlivan, freshman Pierce Deamer and junior Bogdan Petkovic - notched hat tricks as GW picked up its first Southern Division victory of the season.

The quartet has combined to score 64 percent of the Colonials' 220 goals this season, paced by Pehlivan's 44. Petkovic leads GW with 33 assists, 64 points, 49 steals and 14 field blocks on the year, while Deamer, the reigning Southern Division Rookie of the Week, has recorded a team-best 37 ejections drawn to go with his 32 goals. In addition, Mojica is second on the team in goals (34), assists (28), points (62), steals (21) and blocks (10).

Junior Connor Dillon and sophomore Sander Profaci have seen nearly equal minutes in the cage this season, combining to post a 10.22 goals against average and .505 save percentage.

Navy (10-9, 1-3 Southern) has dropped nine of its last 11 games but has not played since an 11-10 overtime loss at No. 10 Princeton on Oct. 5. Thomas Patterson leads the Midshipmen with 38 goals and 49 points this season. Garrett Sabesky has played the majority of the goalkeeping minutes and boasts a .456 save percentage. Navy will visit Johns Hopkins on Saturday afternoon before heading to Foggy Bottom.

GW split a pair of matches with Navy last season, earning its first win over the Midshipmen since 1997 with a 14-13 victory at home. Pehlivan and Petkovic have each scored seven goals in their career against Navy.



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