GW Men's Water Polo Concludes Regular Season This Weekend
Two Southern Division Matches Among Three Contests for Colonials
Oct. 31, 2013
GW vs. Mercyhurst - Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
GW at Navy - Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team concludes its regular season with three matches this weekend with seeding for the upcoming CWPA Southern Division Championship (Nov. 8-10) on the line. The Colonials will visit Johns Hopkins on Friday at 7 p.m. before heading to Annapolis, Md., on Saturday to face Mercyhurst at 9:30 a.m. and Navy at 1:30 p.m.
GW (12-8, 3-3 Southern-East) is currently in third place in the Southern Division-East Region standings, one game ahead of fourth-place Johns Hopkins (2-4) and a half game behind second-place Bucknell (5-3). Princeton (7-1) has clinched the regular-season title.
The Colonials are coming off a 2-1 weekend at Princeton, with a loss to the 15th-ranked Tigers and wins over Iona and Fordham. Senior Daniel Tyner tallied 13 goals and 18 points to lead GW in the three games. Freshman goalkeeper Sander Profaci made the first two starts of his career in the victories and combined for 19 saves. At 12-8, the Colonials boast their best record through 20 games since 1998, when they were 13-7 en route to an 18-13 campaign.
Tyner continues to pace GW with 54 goals and 83 points on the year, and his 29 assists rank second on the team to junior Brian Mojica's 30. Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic, who is tied with junior Ridvan Pehlivan for second on the squad with 40 goals, also leads the Colonials with 48 steals and 23 field blocks.
Petkovic's 23 field blocks match the single season program record set by former teammate Guy Helman ('13) in 2009. With his big weekend, Tyner moved into fifth place all-time at GW in goals (212), assists (105) and points (317).
The second-ranked team in Division III, Johns Hopkins (16-6, 2-4 Southern-East) has not played since winning the CWPA Division III championship Oct. 19-20. Goalkeeper Erik Henrikson was named MVP of the tournament. Wes Hopkins leads the Blue Jays with 100 points on 50 goals and 50 assists - also team bests.
Ranked 19th in the nation at the time, GW edged then-No. 20 Johns Hopkins, 13-11, on Sept. 28 at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Petkovic led the Colonials with a career-high five goals, while Matt Fraser posted a hat trick for the Blue Jays. GW sophomore goalie Connor Dillon recorded eight saves in the cage.
Mercyhurst (15-3) is 6-0 in Southern Division-West Region play following wins over Monmouth College (Ill.) and Notre Dame (Ohio) last Sunday, clinching the regular-season title in the West Region. Brett Luehmann leads the Lakers with 49 goals and 69 points on the season, while Garret Schoeman closely follows with 67 points thanks to a team-best 38 assists. Matt Cole has made 160 saves in the cage on the year.
GW and Mercyhurst last met at the 2011 Southern Division Championship, a 13-8 win for the Colonials in the fifth-place game. Little led GW with four goals in the contest.
Navy (10-14, 0-6 Southern-East) is coming off a 14-9 win over No. 13 St. Francis (N.Y.) last Saturday. Attacker Thomas Patterson and goalie Garrett Sabesky were named Southern Division Player and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in the upset. Carl Dowzicky leads the Midshipmen with 42 goals and 51 points on the season, closely followed by Robert Sutherland's 36 goals and 50 points.
GW defeated Navy, 14-13, on Sept. 22 at the Smith Center Pool, the Colonials' first win over the Midshipmen since 1997. Tyner led the Colonials with eight points on four goals and four assists and Petkovic added three goals and five steals in the game, while Carpenter Warren post a hat trick to pace the Midshipmen.
GW will head back to Annapolis next weekend for the CWPA Southern Division Championship. Seeding for the 12-team tournament, which pits teams from the Southern Division East and West Regions against each other, will be announced on Monday.
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