George Washington University Announces 2011 Men's Water Polo Recruits
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University men's water polo head coach Scott Reed has announced that seven student-athletes will join the Colonials for the 2011 season, with five recruits hailing from California, one from Florida and one a member of Turkey's Junior National Team.
Californians Benjamin Krigel, Lance Leung, Brian Mojica, Nick Scherma and Adam Wrobel will join south Florida's Rafi Castillo and Istanbul, Turkey international Ridvan Pehlivan on the Colonials' roster in 2011.
"These seven recruits comprise one of the most talented incoming classes we've ever had here at GW," said Reed, who will enter his 13th season as GW men's and women's water polo head coach in 2011-12. "We've added some talented players from top high school and club teams, as well as a player with international experience, and all of these guys really know how to play some high-level water polo."
The Colonials are slated to return nine letterwinners and five starters from last fall's team that finished 9-20 overall and placed sixth at the CWPA Southern Division Championship.
The new recruits include:
Freshman - Utility
Saint Andrew's School - Scots Water Polo Club
5-foot-6 - 155 lbs.
Rafi led Saint Andrew's School to back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011, including a perfect 29-0 record in 2011. He totaled 78 goals and a school record 53 assists as a senior in 2011 and set a school mark with seven assists in a game. He was named the Scots' Most Outstanding Player as a senior.
Rafael Alejandro Castillo was born Oct. 10, 1992, in St. Louis, Mo. He is the son of Jorge and Lydia Castillo. He has an older brother, Jorge, and a younger sister, Elizabeth.
Coach Reed's Take: "Rafi is a very talented attacker. He has a good knowledge of the game and is only getting better. This summer, he will be gaining valuable experience playing in the Junior World Championships in Greece."
Freshman - Attack
San Jose, Calif.
Abraham Lincoln High School - San Jose Almaden Water Polo Club
6-foot-4 - 190 lbs.
Benjamin totaled 147 goals and 61 assists in 30 league games at Abraham Lincoln High the last two seasons. He was a two-time First Team All-Blossom Valley Athletic League selection in 2009 and 2010, Second Team All-BVAL in 2008 and BVAL Santa Teresa Division MVP in 2010. He was also Lincoln's team MVP in 2008 and 2010, and the team's offensive MVP in 2009.
Benjamin Ari Krigel was born April 7, 1993, in San Jose, Calif. He is the son of Stuart and Julie Krigel and older brother to Raphael. He intends to major in international affairs at GW.
Coach Reed's Take: "Ben is an offensive force. He has the ability to not only score, but also knows when to make the extra pass and get his teammates involved. He's a great team player."
Freshman - Attack/2MD
St. Ignatius College Preparatory School - Stanford Water Polo Club
5-foot-10 - 175 lbs.
Lance helped St. Ignatius College Prep School to first place out of 16 teams in its division in the 2011 Central Coastal Section (CCS) vs. Northern Coastal Section (NCS) Challenge. He was a member of the Wildcats' team that reached the semifinals of the 2009 CCS Division II regional tournament, the first St. Ignatius team to qualify for the event. He was also a member of the CCS fifth-place finishing 200-yard IM relay and freestyle relay teams as a swimmer.
Lance Leung was born Aug. 4, 1993, in San Francisco, Calif. He is the son of Guy and Patsy Leung and older brother to Kyle and Faith. Lance intends to major in electrical engineering at GW.
Coach Reed's Take: "Lance plays for one of the top club water polo programs in the country. He's a solid player who will be able to do a little of everything."
Freshman - Attack
Long Beach Polytechnic High School - Irvine Kahuna Water Polo Club
5-foot-9 - 165 lbs.
Brian totaled 197 goals, 78 assists, 137 steals, 44 ejections drawn and 33 field blocks in four seasons at Long Beach Poly High. A two-time First Team All-Moore League and two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American, Brian was named an All-CIF Division II Third Team selection. He was named to the Long Beach Press Telegram Water Polo Dream Team First Team as a senior in 2010, honorable mention in 2009 and as the Jackrabbits' team MVP the last two seasons.
Brian Joseph Mojica was born Aug. 9, 1993, in Torrance, Calif. He is the son of Arnel and Emmeline Mojica, the younger brother of Alexander and older brother to Camille. He intends to major in communications at GW.
Coach Reed's Take: "Brian is one of those players who can see it all. He has great field vision on both offense and defense."
Freshman - Attack/2M
6-foot-1 - 205 lbs.
Ridvan was team captain of Turkey's Junior National Team and participated on four Turkish national champion teams. He was a member of Enka School's club team for seven years.
Ridvan Pehlivan was born April 3, 1993, in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the son of Nevzat and Aysel Pehlivan. He intends to major in international business at GW.
Coach Reed's Take: "Ridvan is the most experienced player of this class. He plays against some of the top players in the world and has the ability to jump right into college water polo without missing a beat."
Freshman - Utility
Beverly Hills, Calif.
Campbell Hall High School - Los Angeles Water Polo Club
6-foot-1 - 173 lbs.
Nick played the last five seasons with the Los Angeles Water Polo Club, helping the Los Angeles Water Polo Club U18 team to a silver medal at the National Junior Olympics in 2010.
Nicholas Roark-Masuda Scherma was born Jan. 26, 1993, in Los Angeles, Calif. He is the son of Frank and Cari Scherma and older brother to Alex and Jenna. Nick intends to major in business at GW.
Coach Reed's Take: "A solid player who plays for one of the best southern California club programs. Nick will be a great help at the attack position."
Freshman - Utility
La Jolla, Calif.
The Bishop's School - San Diego Shores Water Polo Club
6-foot - 194 lbs.
Adam helped The Bishop's School to the CIF San Diego Section Division III and Western League titles in 2008 and 2010. He also played volleyball for the Knights, earning All-Coastal League and All-CIF team selections three times while helping Bishop's School to three CIF Division IV semifinal appearances. He helped the San Diego Shores Water Polo Club U18 team to a bronze medal at the National Junior Olympics in 2010. He is a four-time San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete.
Adam Alexander Wrobel was born June 19, 1992, in La Jolla, Calif. He is the son of Andrzej and Magdalena Wrobel. Has two older sisters, Monika, who played volleyball at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Natalia, who played volleyball at Dartmouth College, and a younger brother, Viktor. Adam intends to major in international affairs at GW.
Coach Reed's Take: "An all-around player who played many positions in high school, he is a smart player who makes very few mistakes."
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