Oct. 9, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The No. 14-ranked Navy water polo team begins a key four-game roadswing on Wednesday night when it faces two league opponents in two different cities. The Midshipmen head to Baltimore to play Johns Hopkins at 4:00 PM and then travel the Beltway to Washington, D.C., to take on George Washington at 8:15 PM.
The Midshipmen enter their unique "two cities in one day" roadtrip with a 16-1 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the CWPA Southern Division.
The Midshipmen are coming off a much-needed bye weekend after a five-game trip to California resulted in a 4-1 record on Sept. 27-29. The Midshipmen have had a dominating offensive season, outscoring opponents 318-142, an average of 18.7 to 8.4 goals per game. Just once this year, against ninth-ranked Long Beach State, have the Midshipmen been held to single-digit goals (7). Navy has allowed just five opponents to score double-figure goals. However, it has happened in consecutive games against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (13) and Redlands (14) and in four of the last six games Navy has played.
Navy senior Paul Pedrotty continues to pace the Midshipmen with team highs in goals (59) and points (82) while ranking second in assists (23). He has scored a goal in 31 straight games that he has played in dating back to last year. He needs just 18 points to become the 12th player in school history to record 100 points in a season and just 11 points to become the 17th player in school history with 200 career points. Since the start of last year, Pedrotty has scored 160 points (117 goals, 43 assists).
Pedrotty, however, is not the only offensive weapon for the Midshipmen, which boasts an extremely-balanced attack. Senior Erich Schwamb has contributed 51 points on 25 goals and a team-best 26 assists, while Archie Warren (34), Jesse Walker (33), Jack Finch (29), Thomas Patterson (29), Tyler Thein (27), Cort Jones (26) and Sean McDonald (26) have all surpassed 25 points on the season. The last time Navy had nine 25-point scorers in a season was during the 1990 campaign.
Senior Anthony Gutierrez
and sophomore Tyler Barker
have seen about identical time in goal. Barker leads the team with 67 saves against 73 goals allowed for a .479 save percentage, while Gutierrez has 55 saves against 35 goals allowed for a .611 save percentage. Gutierrez has 432 career saves to rank eighth on the career saves list, needing 18 stops to tie Ken Johansen (1985-88) for seventh on the list.
Johns Hopkins enters Wednesday's match with a 17-5 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league play. The Blue Jays have defeated No. 12 Brown earlier this year by a 9-8 margin and own league wins over Bucknell (14-13) and George Washington (19-11). Johns Hopkins' lone loss in league play was to No. 16-ranked Princeton, 9-6. Johns Hopkins also topped Redlands by a 10-4 margin last week, while the Midshipmen defeated Redlands, 17-14, in Navy's last outing. Johns Hopkins is ranked third in the latest NCAA Division III national poll.
Senior standout Ross Schofield already has scored 104 points this year on 67 goals and 37 assists. Alex Whittam and Wes Hopkins have contributed 73 and 63 points, respectively.
George Washington comes into Wednesday's game with a 9-9 overall mark and a 1-2 conference mark with a win over Bucknell (15-12) and losses to Princeton (7-5) and Johns Hopkins (19-11). The Colonials enter the contest having won four of their last five games.
Sophomore Brian Mojica leads a balanced GWU attack with 49 points while six other players have scored at least 28 points.
Navy leads the series with Johns Hopkins by a 44-1 margin and have won 13 games in a row over the Blue Jays. Navy owns a 43-2 series lead over George Washington with 33 straight wins dating back to 1997.
Navy will return to action on Saturday when it travels to Princeton (noon) and Bucknell (7:30 PM).
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