Men's Water Polo Makes History on NCAA Run

Nov. 29, 2017

George Washington men's water polo reached new heights this season with its first conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.

The 17th-ranked Colonials put together a remarkable run in their first campaign under Head Coach Barry King, highlighted by three wins in as many days at the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship. They capped a memorable fall last Saturday with an overtime thriller at Harvard in their NCAA debut. Their 17 wins were the most for the program in a single-season since 1998.

This group also leaves quite a mark on the program's all-time record book. (Find GW's 2017 stats here and all-time records here.)

- Atakan Destici set the single-season record with 77 assists, breaking Glauco Souza's previous mark of 61 that dated back to 1992. The sophomore from Turkey finished with 135 total points, which ranks third in program history behind Souza's 185 in 1992 and Brent Stoll's 146 in 1995. He was named to the All-MAWPC First Team for the second straight season.

Destici also set the GW record for assists in a game when he handed out nine helpers in a 16-15 overtime win over Fordham in the MAWPC semifinals. That mark had been held by Brian Mojica since 2011.

Destici has 122 assists for his career, which already ranks him seventh on GW's all-time assists list, with two seasons left to play.

- Destici also led the Colonials with 22 field blocks, which ranks fourth for a season in program history.

Pierce Deamer's 17 field blocks are good for seventh on that list. The senior finishes his career with 37 overall, good for fourth on the all-time list. His 223 total ejections drawn are second all-time, behind only Pat Dodge's 240. He also posted 200 goals as a Colonial.

- Andrew Mavis enters the record book after a decorated season that saw him named to the All-MAWPC First Team and tabbed the Most Valuable Player of the conference tournament.

Mavis led the Colonials with 81 goals, which ranks ninth on the all-time single-season list. By drawing two ejections in the finale against Harvard, Mavis pushed his season total to 76 to match Souza's program record from 1992.

- Andras Levai put together one of the top freshman seasons in program history. The utility from Hungary posted 110 points via 57 goals and 43 assists. His point total ranks seventh for a season in program history and his assist total is tied for 10th on that list.

- Jordan Blosser converted 35 of his 61 shots into goals this season, good for 57 percent. That shooting percentage ranks eighth for a season in GW history (minimum 50 attempts).

Deamer stopped by The RaiseHigh 'Cast this week to talk about the season. Give it a listen below.



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