Men’s Water Polo Set for MAWPC Championship
Colonials enter as the No. 2 seed; open play Friday at 6:00 p.m.
Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Championship Schedule
Friday, Nov. 18
Game 1: No. 1 seed Bucknell vs. No. 8 seed Connecticut College, 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 4 seed Fordham vs. No. 5 seed Wagner, 4:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 2 seed George Washington vs. No. 7 seed Mercyhurst, 6 p.m.
Game 4: No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins vs. No. 6 seed Navy, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Game 5: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1, 1:30 p.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4. 3 p.m.
Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Seventh Place: Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5, 9 a.m.
Fifth Place: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 10:30 a.m.
Third Place: Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7, 12 p.m.
First Place: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 1:30 p.m.
SETTING THE STAGE: Coming off a 13-win regular season, the 18th-ranked GW men’s water polo team is set to open play in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) Championship this weekend. The three-day, eight-team event will take place from Nov. 18-20 at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
GW earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face seventh-seeded Mercyhurst Friday at 6 p.m. The winner will go on to face either third-seeded Johns Hopkins or sixth-seeded Navy on Saturday at 6 p.m., while the loser will square off with the loser of Friday’s Hopkins-Navy match on Saturday at 3 p.m. Sunday’schampionship game is set for 1:30 p.m.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Colonials, who went 8-2 in MAWPC play and recorded at least one victory over each conference foe, have been led by a blend of freshmen and upperclassmen. Newcomer Atakan Destici leads the Colonials with 108 points on 72 goals and 36 assists, while also topping the team with 74 steals. Redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic has anchored GW’s defense while ranking second on the team in points (86), goals (46) and steals (50). The Belgrade, Serbia, native owns a team-high 40 assists.
Junior Pierce Deamer is third on the team with 41 goals and the center has a team-best 61 ejections drawn. Another freshman, Andrew Mavis, is fourth with 36 goals.
WHAT’S AT STAKE: The winner of the tournament earns the MAWPC's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship. The format of the championship, in which five automatic bids were awarded (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference, Northeast Water Polo Conference, Western Water Polo Association, Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) with two teams selected at-large, the MAWPC will likely end up in a play-in game against the Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) Champion to qualify for a play-in game and earn a spot in the NCAA Championship "Final Four" field at the Spieker Aquatics Center on the campus of the University of California.
WEEKLY AWARDS: Three Colonials have earned weekly awards for their play this season. Petkovic has twice been named MAWPC Player of the Week and landed on the honor roll once; goalkeeper Matt Taylor earned POTW honors on Oct. 11; and Destici was named to the honor roll and awarded with Colonial of the Week on Sept. 28.
NATIONAL RANKING: The Colonials broke into the CWPA Top 20 Poll on Sept. 15 for the first time since 2014 and have been a fixture ever since. In the Oct. 12 poll, GW ascended to No. 14 to match the best ranking in school history.
HOW TO FOLLOW: The Collegiate Water Polo Association will stream all 12 games of the championship on a pay-per-view basis. The games can be accessed here.
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