GW Men's Water Polo Stays Perfect with Two More Wins at Navy Open
Colonials Off to Best Start Since 2006 Following Victories Over Notre Dame (Ohio), Gannon
Sept. 2, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2006 after concluding the Navy Open with two more victories on Sunday at the Midshipmen's Scott Natatorium.
The Colonials easily knocked off Notre Dame College (Ohio) in their first game of the day by a score of 16-9, then wrapped the season-opening tournament with an 18-6 win over Gannon.
GW jumped out to a 7-2 lead over Notre Dame after one quarter and led 10-5 at halftime. The Falcons pulled back to within four, 12-8, at the end of the third period, but the Colonials put them away with a 4-1 fourth quarter.
Freshman Bogdan Petkovic led GW with seven points on four goals and three assists to go along with three steals, while junior Nate Little also tallied four goals. Sophomore Brian Mojica chipped in with three goals, two assists and three field blocks, and senior goalie Cameron Illes recorded nine saves in the cage.
The Colonials again scored seven goals in the first quarter against Gannon, taking a commanding 7-1 lead after eight minutes. GW scored eight straight goals spanning the first two quarters and led 12-3 at halftime. The Colonials blanked the Golden Knights in the third period while adding five more goals to take a 17-3 advantage before Gannon doubled its previous output with three goals in the final stanza for the 18-6 final.
Junior Paul Deasey led GW with a career-high five goals, while Petkovic added four and Little also tallied a hat trick. In addition, Mojica recorded four points with two goals and two assists and freshman Jonah Dowd added three assists.
Illes and freshman Connor Dillon split time in the cage, each playing one half and recording seven saves.
"It was an outstanding team effort," said head coach Scott Reed. "The intensity was there from the first quarter all the way through the fourth."
The Colonials return to action next weekend at the Princeton Invite. GW will face 2011 national runner-up and preseason No. 2 UCLA and MIT on Saturday before taking on preseason No. 20 Brown and Fordham on Sunday.
GW 16, Notre Dame (Ohio) 9
GW Goals: Little 4, Petkovic 4, Mojica 3, Purkovic 2, Deasey 2, Williams 1
GW 18, Gannon 6
GW Goals: Deasey 5, Petkovic 4, Little 3, Mojica 2, Krigel 2, Williams 2, Sedlachek 1