Sports in Brief

Blaise Stanicic became the newest face in the athletic department this week, joining the water polo program as its assistant coach.

Stanicic, a two-time All-American selection, will work with both the men’s and women’s programs.

A 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland, Stancic became the first Terrapins water polo player to earn All-America honors when she was selected in 2008 and 2009. During her four year career with Maryland, Stancic totaled 139 goals and 116 assists.

Following her graduation, Stancic spent two years playing professionally with Croatian club Mladost and the Croatian National Team. She won the national championship with Mladost in May 2010, and competed as a member of the national team in the 2010 European Championships.

Stancic then returned home, spending the past year coaching the Naval Academy’s club water polo team. Her father, Mladen Stancic, is the assistant coach of Navy’s intercollegiate water polo program.

The men’s water polo program opened their season last weekend by posting a 3-1 record in the Navy Labor Day open. It was the best start in five seasons for the Colonials, their highest finish since 2006, when they were undefeated throughout four matches. GW next heads to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational, where they’ll take on four Collegiate Water Polo Association rivals, facing off against Harvard and M.I.T. Sept. 10 and St. Francis and Brown Sept. 11.

Number Crunch: 15

The number of opponents on the 2011-2012 men’s basketball schedule that advanced to postseason play last March.

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