BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- United States Naval Academy goalie Anthony Gutierrez (So., Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly) made 17 saves with 11 goals allowed in 48 minutes of play to earn the November 1 Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week award, lead the Midshipmen past George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University, and help clinch the No. 1 seed for the Southern Division Championship tournament.
Starting against George Washington University, he recorded six saves with four goals allowed in the first half as the Midshipmen rolled to a 22-9 victory. Facing Johns Hopkins, he recorded 11 saves as Navy picked up a 16-7 victory to clinch the Southern Division-East Region title.
Due to Navy's victory in the East Region, the Midshipmen received the No. 1 seed for the Southern Division Championship on November 5-7 at home in Annapolis. If the Mids can defeat the victor of a first round game between Washington & Jefferson College and Pennsylvania State University-Behrend, Navy will earn a berth to the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship on November 19-21 at Bucknell University.
November 1 Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week Honor Roll: Chance Fowler (Johns Hopkins University)