GW Men’s Water Polo Opens 2016 Season at Bruno Classic

Bogdan Petkovic scored eight goals on the weekend
Sept. 4, 2016

Game 1 - No. 13 Brown 12, GW 11
Game 2 - GW 13, MIT 6
Game 3 - No. 10 UC Davis 18, GW 6

The GW men’s water polo team opened its 2016 season with three games at the two-day Bruno Classic hosted by Brown University in Providence, R.I. After falling in a tightly contested game to No. 13 Brown, 12-11, on Saturday morning, the Colonials responded with a strong 13-6 victory over MIT in the evening. On Sunday, GW closed play with an 18-6 loss to No. 10 UC Davis.

Game 1 - No. 13 Brown 12, GW 11

In his collegiate debut, freshman Atakan Destici scored a game-high five goals while redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic had three as the Colonials were edged by the host Bears. GW also received a pair of goals from freshman Andrew Mavis and one from Noah McKinnie.

The teams were tied 7-7 entering the fourth quarter and GW had back-to-back chances early on, but both shots on goal were stopped. Brown then notched two quick goals to go up 9-7 with 5:17 to play, before Destici drew the Colonials back within one at the 4:51 mark.

The Bears, however, again struck for two more goals to make it 11-8 with 3:35 left, and though Petkovic and Mavis scored to once more draw within one, Brown added an insurance goal and hung on for the 12-11 victory.

Game 2 - GW 13, MIT 6

After falling behind 4-3 following the first quarter, GW outscored MIT 6-0 in the second quarter to take a commanding 9-4 lead into halftime. The Colonials cruised from there, adding two goals in both the third and fourth quarters to complete a 13-6 win.

Destici followed up his impressive performance in game one with another three goals, and junior Pierce Deamer also had three. Petkovic and freshman Jordan Blosser added a pair of goals each, while Mavis, Quentin Montgomery and Zach Slaughter registered one.



Game 3 - No. 10 UC Davis 18, GW 6

Despite three goals from Petkovic in the first quarter, 10th-ranked UC Davis took a 6-3 lead after the opening quarter and extended it to 11-4 by halftime. The Aggies pulled away in the second half to hand GW an 18-6 loss.

In addition to Petkovic’s three goals, Mavis scored twice and junior Duke Becker had one.

Petkovic and Destici finished the weekend of play with eight goals apiece, while Mavis had five. The Colonials return to play next weekend at the Princeton Invitational, where they will face Iona, California and Air Force.

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