Oct. 31, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy water polo team will wrap up its regular season with three home games this weekend at the Scott Natatorium. Beginning on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Mids will host Mercyhurst, George Washington (Sat., 1:30 p.m.) and Johns Hopkins (Sat., 7:15 p.m.).
Navy will be looking to avenge earlier divisional losses to George Washington (14-13) and Johns Hopkins (22-17), as well as to improve their standings before the CWPA Southern Division Championship bracket is announced on Monday, Nov. 4.
Last Time Out
Behind hat tricks from Sean McDonald and Thomas Patterson, Navy took down No. 13 St. Francis by a score of 14-9, last Saturday.
With a one-goal lead of 7-6 at the halftime break, Navy used a 5-0 run in the third period to put itself in the driver's seat with a 12-6 advantage. Patterson sparked the run with his third goal of the contest with 5:07 remaining in the third period.
The Mids would extend their goal streak to a 7-0 run and a 14-6 score before three late Terrier goals.
The defense was led by goalkeeper Garrett Sabesky who made 10 saves. As a team, Navy recorded nine steals with Jack Finch tallying a team-best three steals.
Scouting the Competition
Mercyhurst (15-3, 6-0 CWPA Southern-West):
The Lakers come in riding high as the champions of the CWPA Southern-West Division, as well as the CWPA Division II. Mercyhurst has won eight straight contests, with all coming by five or more goals.
Versus current ranked competition, the Lakers are 1-2 this season with a 9-8 victory over #19 Bucknell and losses to #20 Cal Baptist (11-9) and R/V Air Force (11-8).
Mercyhurst most recently played at home versus Monmouth (IL) and Notre Dame College on Sun. Oct. 27. The Lakers cruised with an 18-12 victory over Monmouth and a 10-5 win against NDC.
Offensively, Brett Luehmann and Garrett Schoeman lead Mercyhurst. The high-scoring duo has notched 69 (49g-20a) and 67 (29g-38a) points, respectively. Danilo Svorcan is the Lakers' second-leading goal scorer with 31 goals.
In goal, Matt Cote has appeared in all 18 games and made 160 saves versus 147 goals allowed.
George Washington (12-8, 3-3 CWPA Southern-East)
The Colonials will meet up with Mids on Saturday following a road contest at Johns Hopkins on Friday night. George Washington is in the midst of a 3-6 stretch of play in the month of October coming into this weekend.
Last time out, the Colonials swept a pair of CWPA Northern opponents at Princeton in two neutral-site affairs. After defeating Iona 15-6, George Washington capped its day with a slim 11-10 victory over Fordham.
On the year, the trio of Daniel Tyner, Bogdan Petkovic and Ridvan Pehlivan lead the Colonials. Tyner has scored 54 goals and 29 assists to give him a team-high 83 points, while Petkovis has tallied 40 goals and 25 assists. Pehlivan rounds out the high-scoring group with 40 goals and 13 assists.
In goal, Connor Dillon has played in 64 quarters and posted a .434 save percentage to go along with a 11.19 goals against average.
R/V, Johns Hopkins (16-6, 2-4 CWPA Southern-East)
The Blue Jays head into this weekend's slate of action on a four-game winning streak after winning the CWPA Division III Championship at home on Oct. 20. Johns Hopkins ran the table with consecutive wins over Monmouth (IL), Connecticut College, Washington & Jefferson and MIT to win the crown. The Blue Jays won all four contests by five or more goals.
Before meeting Navy at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Johns Hopkins will first play George Washington at home on Friday and Mercyhurst on Saturday at 2:45 at Scott Natatorium.
Wes Hopkins leads the Blue Jays with 100 points on 50 goals and 50 assists. The trio of Johnny Beal (36g-35a-71p), Thomas de Lyon (49g-21-70p) and Matt Fraser (46g-23a-69p) aid Hopkins and the JHU offense.
In net, Erik Henrikson has seen the majority of the action and has made 147 saves, while allowing 162 goals.
Quoting the Coach
Interim Head Coach Stanicic on this weekend's competition...
"It seems that in this season we never have any low pressure games. Once again we will face strong competition all weekend long. While the Mercyhurst outcome will not affect our league standings, it is extremely important for our momentum. They are a very solid team who is well coached and will be a challenge."
"On Saturday, George Washington and Johns Hopkins are as good as ever and, needless to say, we need two wins to improve our standing for next weekend's Southern Division Championship."