Men's Water Polo Wins Pair Sunday, Little Nets Winner Against Fordham
Colonials Off to Best Start in Five Seasons With Three Weekend Victories
Sept. 4, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team defeated Notre Dame College (Ohio), 18-7, and Fordham, 11-10 in sudden death overtime, to finish its opening weekend at the Navy Labor Day Open with a 3-1 mark, its best open to a season since 2006. Sophomore Nate Little scored the golden goal with 1:25 remaining in the first sudden-death period to propel the Colonials past the Rams in Sunday's late game.
The Colonials' 3-1 mark this weekend marks their best Navy Open finish since posting a 4-0 record, including an upset of No. 18 Santa Clara, at the event in 2006.
Sophomore Daniel Tyner capped a stellar 14-goal weekend with eight goals on Sunday -- five in a morning victory over the Falcons and a hat trick in the afternoon triumph over the Rams. Little had a hat trick in both games, highlighted by the deciding tally against Fordham.
Against first-year varsity program Notre Dame (1-3), GW jumped ahead 7-2 after a quarter and 9-4 at the half, then netted six unanswered goals in the third period en route to the 18-7 victory. Freshman Brian Mojica followed Tyner's five-goal effort with four goals and two assists to cap a solid collegiate debut weekend. Sophomore Adam Streeter and freshman Nick Scherma added two goals, rookie Ridvan Pehlivan netted one and fellow newcomer Matthew Williams scored his first collegiate goal.
Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes stopped nine shots to earn the victory. The Colonials converted both their five-meter penalty attempts and 5-of-8 man-up opportunities.
In the matinee, GW avenged a pair of losses to Fordham (1-2) last season with a thrilling 11-10 victory in sudden-death overtime. The Colonials led by five goals in the second quarter, but the Rams closed the game with a 6-1 run to force overtime tied at 8-8. The two teams traded goals through the first two overtime periods, including Tyner's sudden-death forcing goal with 64 seconds left in the second extra session, to enter sudden death knotted at 10-10.
Fordham won the sprint to begin sudden death, but junior center defender Guy Helman blocked a shot to help set up Little's counterattacking game-winner with 85 seconds left in the period.
Illes was outstanding in goal with 13 saves. Pehlivan equaled Tyner and Little with three goals, while Helman chipped in a goal along with his all-important field block. Sophomore Paul Deasey contributed GW's other goal.
GW heads to Princeton, N.J., for the Princeton Invitational next Saturday and Sunday. The Colonials will face four Collegiate Water Polo Association foes, beginning with Harvard and MIT on Saturday, followed by nationally ranked St. Francis (N.Y.) and Brown on Sunday.
GW 18, Notre Dame 7
GW - 7 - 2 - 6 - 3 -- 18
NDC - 2 - 2 - 0 - 3 -- 7
GW goals: Tyner 5, Mojica 4, Little 3, Scherma 2, Streeter 2, Williams, Pehlivan
GW assists: Mojica 2
GW saves: Illes 9
GW: 5-8 man-ups, 2-2 five-meter penalties
GW 11, Fordham 10 SDOT
GW - 3 - 4 - 0 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 -- 11
FU - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 1 - 0 -- 10
GW goals: Tyner 3, Pehlivan 3, Little 3, Helman, Deasey
GW saves: Illes 13
GW: 4-10 man-ups
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