Sept. 27, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The 15th-ranked Navy water polo team will play away from Annapolis for the first time all season this weekend as it heads to California for a five-game roadtrip, beginning tonight at No. 9 Long Beach State. Navy will also play Whittier College, La Verne, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Redlands during the trip.
The Mids begin the weekend with a 10:00 PM (ET) game at Long Beach State, then will play two games at Whittier College on Friday, coming at 3:00 PM (ET) against Whittier and 6:00 PM (ET) against La Verne. On Saturday, Navy faces Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at noon (ET) and Redlands at 6:00 PM with both games being played at Redlands.
Navy enters the weekend with a 12-0 record and is off to its best start since beginning the 1984 season with a 13-0 record. The Midshipmen have outscored their opponents, 247-86, on the season and are coming off a weekend sweep of 15th-ranked Princeton (13-10) and Bucknell (11-6). Navy has scored at least 11 goals in all 12 games this year and has allowed just two opponents, Iona (13) and Princeton (10), to score at least 10 goals.
Navy continues to be led by Paul Pedrotty, who has scored 60 points (41 g, 19 a) in just 11 games of action this year, averaging almost four goals a game and over five points per game. He is followed by Erich Schwamb, who has 35 points on 18 goals and 17 assists. Five other players have tallied at least 20 points and 20 players in all have scored at least 10 points this year.
Tyler Barker leads the Navy goalkeeping attack with 44 saves against 35 goals allowed for a save percentage of .557. In two league games last week, Barker recorded 19 saves while allowing just 15 goals. Anthony Gutierrez has contributed 31 saves against 17 goals allowed, a .646 save percentage.
Navy is 2-10 all-time against Long Beach State, falling to the 49ers in the last meeting, a 9-8 decision in 2009. However, each of the last four games, and five of the last seven, have been decided by one goal. Navy defeated Long Beach State in both the 2003 and 2006 seasons.
Navy is 1-0 against Whitter, winning last year's meeting 13-7. Whittier is ranked ninth in this week's Division III poll. The Midshipmen are 0-1 all-time against La Verne, dropping a 9-6 decision in the 2000 season. La Verne is eighth in the Division III poll.
In Saturday's meetings, Navy is 10-1 all-time against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which is ranked fourth in the D-III poll. Navy is 2-0 against Redlands, which is sixth in the D-III rankings.
Navy will be off next weekend before taking on Johns Hopkins and George Washington on Oct. 10.
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