GW Men's Water Polo Set for CWPA Southern Division Championship
Sixth-Seeded Colonials to Face No. 11 Salem International in First Round
Nov. 7, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team returns to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship. The three-day, 12-team event will take place from Nov. 8-10 at Navy's Lejeune Hall.
GW (12-11, 3-5 Southern) will be the No. 6 seed in the tournament and will take on 11th-seeded Salem International in the first round on Friday at 7:40 p.m. The winner of the match will face No. 3 Mercyhurst on Saturday at 11:40 a.m., while the loser will take on the loser of the No. 7 Washington & Jefferson/No. 10 Monmouth College contest at 3:40 p.m.
The tournament will determine the Southern Division teams which will advance to the newly formatted CWPA Championship (formerly known as the Eastern Championship), Nov. 22-24 at Brown University. The top five finishers at the Southern Division Championship, along with the top three teams from the Northern Division, are guaranteed a spot in the CWPA Championship, while the remaining four slots will be filled with at-large selections from the remaining 11 league programs based on head-to-head comparisons.
The Colonials last advanced to the Eastern Championship in 2007, when they placed third at the event, the program's highest-ever finish.
Senior Daniel Tyner leads the Colonials with 61 goals and 91 points this season, and his 30 assists and 22 ejections drawn rank second on the team. Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic is GW's second-leading scorer with 43 goals and 70 points, and he is tops on the team with 55 steals and a school-record 24 field blocks. Junior Ridvan Pehlivan leads the Colonials with 36 ejections drawn and is third with 42 goals and 57 points, and junior Brian Mojica has dished out a team-high 33 assists while ranking second in steals (27) and fourth in points (52).
Salem International (3-15, 1-5 Southern) is coming off a 23-9 loss to Gannon in the third-place game of the CWPA Division II Championship. The Tigers are led offensively by Michal Izdinsky's 85 goals and 105 points on the season, while goalkeeper Kristopher Arnold has recorded 219 saves in the cage.
GW defeated SIU, 22-4, in its first game of the 2013 season at the Navy Open. Thirteen different Colonials found the back of the net against the Tigers, led by four goals from sophomore Alec Sedlachek and hat tricks from Tyner and Pehlivan. In addition, Mojica tallied five points on a goal and four assists. GW has outscored Salem International, 53-10, in the teams' last four meetings dating to the 2008 Southern Division Championship.
Mercyhurst, which is receiving votes in the national top-20 poll, is 17-4 on the year and won the Southern Division-West Region with a perfect 6-0 record. Washington & Jefferson has posted a 13-14 overall record, including 5-1 against its Southern Division-West Region rivals, while Monmouth College is 4-7 overall and 2-4 in the Southern-West in its inaugural season of varsity competition.
Admission to the CWPA Southern Division Championship is free to all fans. Parking information can be found here. Fans are reminded that Navy has several home events this weekend. The shuttle bus from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium will be available on Friday between 2:30-10:30 p.m. There will be no shuttle service on Saturday due to the football game; fans will be asked to park in town and walk onto the yard through Gate 1. On Sunday, the shuttle bus will run from 12-4 p.m.
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