GW Men's Water Polo Gears Up for CWPA Championship
Eighth-Seeded Colonials Face No. 9 Fordham in First Round
Nov. 20, 2014
The winner of that contest will advance to face top-seeded Brown on Friday at 3:20 p.m., while the loser will take on the loser of Friday's St. Francis/Washington & Jefferson contest on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The remainder of the weekend's schedule will be determined by results, concluding with placement games on Sunday.
GW (12-12) went 3-1 at the Southern Division Championship at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool two weeks ago to place fifth. After falling to Johns Hopkins in the opening game, the Colonials defeated Salem International, Gannon and Washington & Jefferson by a combined 43-13. Junior Bogdan Petkovic paced GW with 11 goals and 17 steals, and junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded 35 saves in three games.
Petkovic leads the Colonials both offensively and defensively, as he has recorded a team-high 90 points (50g, 40a), 73 steals and 18 field blocks. Senior Ridvan Pehlivan has scored a team-best 56 goals, and senior Brian Mojica is second on the squad with 84 points (46g, 38a) and 27 steals. In addition, freshman Pierce Deamer leads GW with 51 ejections drawn to go with his 36 goals and 20 steals. The quartet has accounted for 63 percent of GW's offensive output this season.
Dillon and sophomore Sander Profaci have split time in cage, combining to post a 10.08 goals-against average and .515 save percentage.
GW is 5-9 against the CWPA Championship field with wins over No. 5 seed St. Francis, No. 7 Johns Hopkins, No. 9 Fordham, No. 10 MIT and No. 12 Washington & Jefferson.
The Colonials defeated their first-round opponent, Fordham, 8-7, on Sept. 13 at the Bison Invitational. Pehlivan scored four goals to lead GW past the Rams, and Profaci made seven saves.
Fordham (14-17) placed fourth at the Northern Division Championship and earned the top at-large spot in this weekend's field.
Northern Division champion and 11th-ranked Brown is the top seed in the 12-team tournament, while Southern Division champ and eighth-ranked Princeton is the No. 2 seed. Northern and Southern Division runners-up Harvard and Bucknell - ranked 18th and 13th nationally - earned the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds, respectively. Defending CWPA champion and 19th-ranked St. Francis (5th), host and 20th-ranked Navy (6th), Johns Hopkins (7th) and GW (8th) also earned automatic berths, while Fordham (9th), MIT (10th), Iona (11th) and Washington & Jefferson (12th) round out the field as at-large teams.
The top six seeds were based on the top three finishing teams at each division championship, while Johns Hopkins and GW, the fourth- and fifth-place finishers from the Southern Division, were guaranteed slots in the field but fell into the mix with the four at-large teams for seeding between Nos. 7-12. The at-large picks were selected by the CWPA Varsity Governance Council.
The winner of the CWPA Championship will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
As the No. 9 seed a year ago, GW placed seventh at the 2013 CWPA Championship. Prior to last season, the Colonials last advanced to the league tournament in 2007 when they placed third for the program's best-ever finish.
Tickets to the CWPA Championship are $10 for a one-day pass or $25 for the entire tournament. Senior citizens 65-and-older will be admitted at discounted prices of $5 per day or $12 for all three days. Children 12-and-under are free of charge.
For fans who cannot attend the event, the CWPA will live stream the entire tournament at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass that includes all games. In addition, each game will be archived so that fans can catch up on the action if they miss a game.
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