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Water Polo Hosts Wagner and Johns Hopkins Sunday

Sept. 29, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy water polo team returns to the Scott Natatorium pool for a day-night doubleheader with Wagner and Johns Hopkins on Sunday, Oct. 1. The Mids (5-8, 0-4 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference) take on the Seahawks (7-4, 1-0 MAWPC) in a match at 10:00 a.m. before squaring off against the Blue Jays (8-4, 0-2 MAWPC) at 5:00 p.m. 

Navy leads the all-time series with John Hopkins, boasting a 51-7 mark against the Blue Jays. Wagner holds a 3-1 advantage in four meetings with the Midshipmen.

The Midshipmen enter the weekend after dropping three games last weekend. The Mids fell to No. 18 George Washington (L, 17-12) before being edged by Fordham (L, 8-7). In the final game of the three-game weekend, Navy battled hard, but fell to No. 17 Bucknell by three (L, 9-6).

The Mids have distributed the ball well with seven players with double-digit goals on the season. Nate Reiff (Wheeling, Ill.) leads the team with 12 goals on the season, while senior captain Matt Skowronski (Oak Hill, Va.) and plebe Bobby Lee (Santa Ana, Calif.) each have 11 goals scored. Taylor Bernhardt (Annapolis, Md.) paces the team with eight assists and owns a team-best 19 steals on the year.

At goal, Francis Kim (Houston, Texas) and Ronan Williams (Severna Park, Md.) have seen a majority of minutes between the pipes. The duo has combined for 121 of the team’s 140 saves.

Scouting the Opposition:
Wagner enters the weekend on a four-game winnings streak. The Seahawks swept three games at the Bison Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. before earning a victory over Iona. During the four-game streak, Wagner also won an exhibition match against Toronto. The Seahawks take on George Washington and Johns Hopkins on Saturday prior to Sunday’s match with Navy. The Mids and Seahawks met earlier this season with Wagner edging Navy, 11-10, in the first MAWPC match of the year.

Johns Hopkins comes to Annapolis with an 8-4 record heading into the weekend. The Blue Jays started the season 8-2, including a perfect 4-0 mark at the Navy Open to start the season. Last weekend, Johns Hopkins dropped a pair of games to Fordham (L, 13-10) and No. Bucknell (L, 16-11) in Baltimore. Johsn Hopkins takes on GW on Friday night before hosting Wagner on Saturday night. The Blue Jays take on the Mids on Sunday evening.

Up Next:
Navy returns to action next weekend as the Midshipmen travel to Claremont, Calif. for the Gary Troyer Tournament hosted by Pomona-Pitzer. The Mids will play Air Force (1:30 p.m. ET) and La Verne (5:15 p.m. ET) on Friday, Oct. 6 before closing out the tournament on Saturday, Oct. 7 with games against Chapman (1:30 p.m. ET) and host Pomona-Pitzer (10:15 p.m. ET).



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