GW Men's Water Polo Takes Two on First Day of Navy Open
Colonials Down Penn State Behrend, Iona to Open 2012 Campaign
Sept. 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Led by a pair of newcomers, the George Washington men's water polo team opened its 2012 season with two wins on the first day of the Navy Open at the Midshipmen's Scott Natatorium.
The Colonials routed Penn State Behrend, 21-5, then edged Iona, 11-10, to improve to 2-0 for the first time since 2006.
In Saturday's first game, GW jumped out to a 5-1 lead after a quarter and never looked back, extending its advantage to 15-1 at halftime. The Lions scored four times in the second half but were not able to get back in the game in the 21-5 decision.
Eleven different Colonials scored in the game, led by freshman Jonah Dowd, who recorded four goals, two assists, two penalties drawn and a steal in his collegiate debut. Sophomore Brian Mojica also tallied a hat trick for GW.
The Colonials tallied 21 steals and 10 assists in a complete team effort.
"We did what we wanted to do - play good, suffocating defense and really jump out and get our offensive counterattack game going," said head coach Scott Reed.
GW again jumped out to a commanding lead against Iona in the nightcap, leading 11-4 in the third quarter, but the Gaels fought back with six unanswered goals to end the game. Iona had possession with eight seconds to go, but Illes came up with a big save to seal the win.
Grad student Milos Purkovic tallied five goals in his GW debut, while Mojica added two and Illes made 13 saves in cage.
"Our counterattack game is moving nicely and our defense is playing really well," said Coach Reed. "Unfortunately in the second half they started to wear us down a little bit and scored some really quick goals to throw us off balance, but we never lost our composure. It was a great, tough game, and I'm really proud of these guys and the way they reacted. It's a good start to the season."
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they face Notre Dame (Ohio) at 11:50 a.m. and Gannon at 5:50 p.m. on the final day of the Navy Open.
GW 21, Penn State Behrend 5
GW Goals: Dowd 4, Mojica 3, Wrobel 2, Deasey 2, Castillo 2, Little 2, Krigel 2, Purkovic 1, Petkovic 1, Williams 1, Sedlachek 1
GW Saves: Illes 3, Dillon 2
GW 11, Iona 10
GW Goals: Purkovic 5, Mojica 2, Williams 1, Wrobel 1, Little 1, Petkovic 1