Five From Men's Water Polo Earn MAWPC Honors

Atakan Destici was one of three Colonials on the MAWPC First Team
Nov. 18, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- GW men's water polo head coach Adam Foley has been honored as the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Colonials to a 13-win regular season, including an 8-2 league record.

Additionally, four Colonials were honored as all-conference selections as freshman utility Atakan Destici, sophomore goalkeeper Matt Taylor and redshirt senior center defender Bogdan Petkovic were named to the first team. Junior center Pierce Deamer received a second team nod.

Foley, who is in his second season as head coach of the men's program at GW, has guided the Colonials to a spot in the CWPA Top 20 Poll throughout the season. On Oct. 12, GW ascended to No. 14 to match the best ranking in school history, and the Colonials head into this weekend's MAWPC Championship ranked 18th.

In conference play, GW was at its best, picking up at least one win over each conference foe including season sweeps of Wagner, Fordham and Navy. The Colonials won at ninth-ranked Bucknell -- host of this weekend's championship -- on Oct. 8 for one of two wins over ranked teams this year.

GW closed the season with a 13-9 win at Navy for their eighth league win of the year, which eclipses the seven total conference wins the Colonials had achieved in the previous five seasons combined.

By landing three players on the first team, GW was the only school with multiple selections, and its four overall selections also outpaced Bucknell's three. It also marks the most selections to an all-conference team in program history, outdoing the 2007 team which had three.



Destici has led GW throughout the season in a number of categories, including points (108), goals (72) and steals (74), while ranking second with 36 assists. 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, and becomes GW's first-ever four-time First Team All-Conference selection.

Taylor, meanwhile, owns a .516 save percentage having made 191 saves against 179 goals, while also adding 21 steals and three assists. Deamer is third on the team in both points (55) and goals (41) and leads the squad with 61 ejections drawn.

The Colonials open play in the MAWPC Championship Friday at 6 p.m. against Mercyhurst.

Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Awards

Player of the Year: Rade Joksimovic (Bucknel University)
Coach of the Year: Adam Foley (George Washington University)
Rookie of the Year: Rade Joksimovic (Bucknel University)

First Team
Matt Taylor (Goalie) - George Washington University
Bogdan Petkovic - George Washington University
Atakan Destici - George Washington University
Rade Joksimovic - Bucknell University
RJ Simmons - Fordham University
Giorgio Cico - Johns Hopkins University
Ciaran Wolohan - Wagner College

Second Team
Pierce Deamer - George Washington University
Charlie Niehaus (Goalie) - Bucknell University
Sean Daley - Bucknell University
Jake Miller-Tolt - Fordham University
Matt Fraser - Johns Hopkins University
David Huber - United States Naval Academy
Oscar Nomura - Wagner College

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