Water Polo Opens League Play With Pair Of Doubleheaders
Sept. 20, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Following a hard-fought weekend of split-squad tournament action saw the Navy Water Polo team tested versus nationally ranked competition, the Mids will be back in the pool beginning on Saturday with back-to-back CWPA Southern Division doubleheaders.
On Saturday, Sept. 21, Navy will host #18 Bucknell at 12 p.m. and #13 Princeton at 8 p.m. at Scott Natatorium and then hit the road Sunday for an 11 a.m. matchup at George Washington and a 4 p.m. contest at Johns Hopkins.
A live video stream is being offered for three of Navy's four games this week. Navy's initial game of the weekend against Bucknell will be streamed for free on NavySports.com through the Patriot League Digital Network. Both of Navy's games on Sunday will be streamed by the host school. There is a $6.95 fee to obtain the stream of the Navy-George Washington game, while the Navy-Johns Hopkins contest will be available for free.
Links to each of the three video streams can be found on NavySports.com.
Last Time Out
The Mids were tested last weekend with eight games of action at the Bruno Fall Invitational at Brown University and the Princeton Invitational. After a 14-6 win over Iona on Friday, the team split with half going with Head Coach Mike Schofield to Providence and the rest staying in New Jersey with Associate Head Coach Mladen Stanicic. Schofield's squad went 2-2 with wins over Cal Lutheran and Connecticut College, while Stanicic' group lost two tight contests to #16 Santa Clara and Harvard.
Individually, Carl Dowzicky (So., Collegeville, Pa.) led the Mids with 14 goals in six games, including hat tricks on three separate occasions. Fellow sophomore Carpenter Warren (Baltimore, Md.) was prolific on the offensive end of the pool as well, as he notched three hat tricks and 11 total goals. Sean McDonald (Sr., Lansdale, Pa.) and P.J. Taylor (Jr., Dallas, Texas) round out the top producers for Navy last weekend as each player registered nine goals.
Scouting the Competition
In what should be a hotly contested weekend, all four teams that the Mids are scheduled to play are either ranked or receiving votes in the CWPA Top 20. After being ranked 17th last polling period, the Mids are the highest ranked team in the receiving votes section.
#18 Bucknell: The Bison come into Saturday's matchup with a 5-1 overall mark during the young season. Last weekend at the Bison Invite, Bucknell went 2-1 with substantial 19-4 and 14-7 victories over Salem International and Fordham, respectively; its lone loss was a 9-8 setback to Mercyhurst.
The Bison are led offensively by the duo of Julian Colina and Stefan Aleksic. Colina has scored a team-high 15 goals, while Aleksic leads the team with 23 points on 11 goals and 12 assists.
Navy leads Bucknell 77-13 in the all-time series between the two programs.
#13 Princeton: After opening the season last weekend with the Princeton Invitational, the Tigers head into Saturday with a 3-0 record. At the Princeton Invitational, the squad defeated #16 Santa Clara in a close 9-7 game before earning a 14-7 victory over Harvard and 11-6 win against Iona.
Drew Hoffenberg and Kayj Shannon are two to watch on the offensive side of the pool for Princeton as they have each netted eight goals through three games. In goal, Alex Gow has posted a 2-0 record with 21 saves and a .618 save percentage.
All-time in its series, Navy leads Princeton, 55-25.
RV George Washington: Following an early season schedule that mirrored Navy, George Washington is 6-1 after competitions at the Navy Open and Princeton Invitational. Last weekend in New Jersey, the Colonials went 2-1 with victories over Iona (16-8) and Harvard (11-6), while falling to #16 Santa Clara, 12-7.
Daniel Tyner, Bogdan Petkovic and Brian Mojica are a triple threat for George Washington on offense as each has compiled 25 or more points, including a team-high 19 goals by Tyner. Defensively, the Colonials' defense is led by goalie Connor Dillon, who has posted an 8.00 goals against average and stopped 51 percent of all shots against him.
Navy holds a 45-2 all-time series lead over George Washington with the Colonials' last win coming in 1997.
RV Johns Hopkins: Playing in the same two tournaments as Navy and George Washington in the first two weekends of action, the Blue Jays have come away with a 7-1 mark, including a 3-1 showing at the Princeton Invitational last weekend. Johns Hopkins collected wins over Harvard (11-9), Iona (9-3) and Penn's club team (13-4) with its only setback coming against #16 Santa Clara by a 12-10 margin.
Johnny Beal and Wes Hopkins have both had strong starts to their seasons offensively as Beal leads the team with 17 goals, 20 assists and 37 total points. Hopkins is close behind with 32 points on 16 goals and 16 assists. In goal, Danny Overlar and Erik Henrikson have split time with each making over 45 saves.
All-time, Navy is 45-2 versus the Blue Jays with Johns Hopkins earning a 14-13 regular season victory last fall in Baltimore.
Quoting the Coach
Coach Schofield on this weekend's slate of competition...
"We're really looking forward to getting into our league schedule this weekend. Each of our opponents have played well the past two weekends, so every game will be a tossup. We like a lot of what we've seen from our guys so far in the early part of this season."