GW Men's Water Polo Defeats Occidental, 8-3, in Season Opener

Sophomore Duke Becker tallied five goals on the opening day of the Bruno Classic.


Sept. 5, 2015

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The George Washington men's water polo team opened its season with an 8-3 victory over Occidental before falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and No. 17 St. Francis Brooklyn by scores of 15-9 and 8-6, respectively, on the first day of the Bruno Classic at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.

Sophomores Duke Becker and Pierce Deamer and freshman James McLean paced GW's offense with five goals apiece across the three games. Freshman goalkeeper Matt Taylor played two of the three contests and finished with 31 total saves.

GW (1-2) controlled the opening game from the start. Though Occidental got on the board first 2:45 into action, the Colonials held the Tigers scoreless for the next 17 minutes. Becker scored the equalizer with one second remaining in the first quarter, and freshman Brett Else's first career goal gave GW the lead for good less than two minutes into the second. The Colonials led, 2-1, at the break.

Deamer made it 3-1 midway through the third period before Occidental scored its next goal with 4:05 left in the stanza. Becker's second goal of the game put GW on top, 4-1, after three. The Colonials broke the game open with a 4-1 fourth quarter, as GW scored the first two goals of the period for a 6-2 lead and then tallied the last two for the 8-3 victory.

Becker and Deamer led the Colonials with three points on two goals and an assist apiece, and Deamer added a pair of ejections drawn. Freshman Jack Kerwin tallied two assists, two steals and three field blocks in his collegiate debut, and McLean also scored his first career goal.

Earning the start in his first collegiate game, Taylor excelled in the cage with 17 saves against just three goals allowed.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took an early 2-0 lead in game two before McLean and junior Dennis Gut went back-to-back in a span of 43 seconds to tie it up at the end of the first quarter. The teams then traded goals to start the second and were knotted at 4-4 with 2:54 to go in the second, but the Stags tallied two in a row to take a 6-4 halftime lead.

CMS pulled away with a 5-1 third quarter. McLean followed a goal by the Stags with his third of the game to make it 7-5, but CMS rattled off four in a row for an 11-5 lead after three. Each team then scored four times in the fourth to account for the 15-9 final margin.

McLean notched his first career hat trick and added a pair of ejections drawn, while Deamer tallied four points on two goals and two assists to pace the Colonials' offense. Senior Connor Dillon recorded 10 saves in goal.

GW went toe-to-toe with 17th-ranked St. Francis Brooklyn in the final game of the day. The Terriers opened the scoring at the 5:51 mark, but Becker knotted it up two and a half minutes later for a 1-1 score after the first quarter. St. Francis then scored the first two goals of the second period before the Colonials tallied three in a row to take a 4-3 lead with 1:44 remaining in the half. The Terriers, however, found the equalizer 39 seconds later and the game was even, 4-4, at the break.

The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game, as St. Francis scored the only two goals of the stanza to take a 6-4 lead. The Terriers extended their advantage to 7-4 with the first marker of the fourth period before Becker and Deamer went back-to-back to pull the Colonials within one, 7-6, with 2:54 remaining. St. Francis, however, responded 27 seconds later and neither team would score again as the Terriers held on for the 8-6 win.

Becker scored twice and added three steals to lead GW, and Taylor recorded 14 saves in the cage.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when they take on No. 11 Brown on the final day of the Bruno Classic.

GW 8, Occidental 3
GW -- 1-1-2-4--8
OC -- 1-0-1-1--3

GW Goals: Deamer 2, Becker 2, Swart 1, Else 1, Montgomery 1, McLean 1
GW Assists: Kerwin 2, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Montgomery 1, Slaughter 1
GW Steals: Kerwin 2, Else 1, Montgomery 1, Michalko 1, Braun 1, Pyrch 1
GW Field Blocks: Kerwin 3, Braun 2, Pyrch 1, Else 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 2, McLean 2, Else 1, Montgomery 1, Swart 1
GW Saves: Taylor 17

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 15, GW 9
GW -- 2-2-1-4--9
CMS -- 2-4-5-4--15

GW Goals: McLean 3, Deamer 2, Swart 1, Becker 1, Michalko 1, Gut 1
GW Assists: Deamer 2, Kerwin 2, Becker 1, Braun 1
GW Steals: Swart 3, Else 1, Becker 1, Michalko 1, Gut 1
GW Field Blocks: Else 1, Montgomery 1
GW Ejections Drawn: McLean 2, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Michalko 1, Kerwin 1
GW Saves: Dillon 10

#17 St. Francis Brooklyn 8, GW 6
GW - 1-3-0-2--6
SFC - 1-3-2-2--8

GW Goals: Becker 2, Dowd 1, Deamer 1, Else 1, McLean 1
GW Assists: Deamer 2, Dowd 1, McLean 1
GW Steals: Becker 3, Deamer 1, Else 1, Braun 1, Kerwin 1
GW Field Blocks: Becker 1, Montgomery 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Else 4, Dowd 2, McLean 2, Deamer 1, Pyrch 1, Slaughter 1
GW Saves: Taylor 14



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