GW Men's Water Polo Rallies Past MIT, 11-10, in Opener

Brian Mojica scored four of his five goals in the second half, including three in extra-man opportunities.

   

Sept. 6, 2014

PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team rallied for an 11-10 season-opening victory over MIT on Saturday on the first day of the Princeton Invitational at DeNunzio Pool.

Lightning in the Princeton area forced the cancellation of a number of Saturday's afternoon games, including the Colonials' evening match against St. Francis (N.Y.), resulting in a revised Sunday schedule. GW (1-0) will now take on Harvard at 12:30 p.m. and St. Francis at 5:30 p.m.

The Colonials trailed MIT for most of Saturday's opener, as the Engineers held a narrow 3-2 lead after the first quarter and a 4-3 advantage at halftime. MIT extended its lead to 8-6 at the end of three periods before GW began its comeback with a 5-2 fourth quarter.

Freshman Quentin Montgomery's first career goal tied the game at the 6:44 mark and the Colonials took their first lead with 5:28 to go. GW eventually went up by two with 4:38 remaining, but the Engineers rattled off back-to-back tallies to tie the game at 10-10 with 1:20 left.

The Colonials had the ball with 30 seconds remaining and called a timeout to set up a play, and junior Bogdan Petkovic found the back of the net with eight seconds left for the game-winner, sending GW to an 11-10 victory.

"MIT was really able to put the pressure on us in the first half, but we were able to get things going in the second and correct some of those situations," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "Brian Mojica really stepped up his game offensively in the second half. We got a lot of contributions from everybody."

Mojica led the Colonials with five goals and added two assists, with four of his tallies coming in the second half, while Petkovic notched a hat trick to go with two assists and two ejections drawn. In addition to Montgomery, freshmen Pierce Deamer and Duke Becker also scored their first career goals, as Becker scored GW's first goal of the game.

Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded seven saves in the first half while sophomore Sander Profaci stopped 10 shots in the second.

GW 11, MIT 10
GW - 2-1-3-5--11
MIT - 3-1-4-2--10

GW Goals: Mojica 5, Petkovic 3, Montgomery 1, Deamer 1, Becker 1
GW Saves: Dillon 7 (16:00), Profaci 10 (16:00)

 

 

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