GW Men's Water Polo Back in Action This Weekend
Colonials to Face No. 13 Princeton on Friday, Iona and Fordham on Saturday
Oct. 24, 2013
WASHINGTON - After a nearly two-week break from competition, the George Washington men's water polo team heads to Princeton, N.J., this weekend for three games at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The Colonials will take on No. 13 Princeton in CWPA Southern Division action on Friday at 8 p.m., before facing Iona and Fordham on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., respectively.
GW (10-7, 3-2 Southern) rallied late, but was unable to complete the comeback in a 12-9 loss at Bucknell on Oct. 12. Senior Daniel Tyner and sophomore Bogdan Petkovic each posted hat tricks in the game. At 10-7, the Colonials still boast their best record through 17 games since 1998, when they also started 10-7 en route to an 18-13 campaign.
Tyner continues to lead the Colonials with 41 goals and 65 points on the season, and his 24 assists rank second to junior Brian Mojica's 26. Petkovic is tops on the team with 45 steals and 20 field blocks and ranks second with 55 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon has recorded 132 saves on the year.
Petkovic's 20 blocks are the second-highest single-season total in program history, just three shy of the school record of 23 set by former teammate Guy Helman ('13) in 2009. He also ranks second to Helman in career blocks with 38, while senior Adam Streeter is fifth with 30, followed by Mojica (28) and senior Paul Deasey (26). Mojica and Deasey also rank in GW's all-time top five for assists, as Mojica is third with 125 in his career and Deasey is tied for fourth with 116. Finally, senior Nate Little is the Colonials' fourth all-time leading scorer with 227 career goals.
Princeton (14-4, 6-1 Southern) has won six of its last seven games and is ranked 15th in the nation. The Tigers are coming off a 13-12 win over Brown to capture the Ivy League Championship last Sunday. Drew Hoffenberg leads Princeton with 46 goals, 25 assists and 71 points to go with 26 steals and 34 ejections drawn. Goalkeeper Alex Gow has seen the majority of time in the cage for a Tigers and boasts a .553 save percentage.
In the teams' first meeting this season, Princeton defeated GW, 9-5, on Sept. 22 at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Junior Ridvan Pehlivan scored three of the Colonials' five goals in the game, Petkovic recorded four assists and four steals and Dillon made 10 saves. Thomas Nelson notched a hat trick to lead the Tigers.
Iona (4-18, 3-5 Northern) snapped its three-game losing skid with the 10-8 win over Fordham on Wednesday. Jake Lloyd leads the Gaels with 54 goals and 66 points, while Lee Stiles is tops with 30 steals. Goalie Stefen Hill has recorded 186 saves in 88 quarters this season.
GW defeated Iona earlier this season, 16-8, on Sept. 14 at the Princeton Invite. Petkovic tallied five goals, while Tyner, Pehlivan and Little each recorded hat tricks and Dillon had nine saves. The Colonials have won the last four meetings with the Gaels and 14 of 15 dating to 2004.
Fordham (11-10, 3-5 Northern) has dropped three straight, including a 10-8 loss to Iona on Wednesday. Ori Raz led the Rams with three goals in the game. GW and Fordham last met on Sept, 9, 2012, at the Princeton Invite, an 11-8 win for the Rams. Little led the Colonials with four goals in the contest.