GW Men's Water Polo Knocks Off No. 12 St. Francis, 19-18, in OT

Ridvan Pehlivan was one of three Colonials with nine points against St. Francis.


Sept. 7, 2014

PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team stunned No. 12 St. Francis (N.Y.), 19-18, in overtime on Sunday evening at the Princeton Invitational at DeNunzio Pool. Earlier in the day, the Colonials fell to Harvard, 13-9.

The 12th-ranked Terriers, who have advanced to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments after winning the Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship in both 2012 and 2013, represent the highest-ranked team GW has ever defeated.

"We played tough and made some key stops at the end and were able to take the game," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "Just a great performance by all."

The back-and-forth game was tied at the end of three of the four regulation periods. After a 3-3 first quarter, the Terriers took a slight 8-7 edge into halftime, but the score was tied 12-12 after the third quarter and 16-16 at the end of regulation.

Junior Bogdan Petkovic tallied twice in the first overtime period to give the Colonials a two-goal lead before St. Francis got one back to make it 18-17 after the first three minutes. Freshman Duke Becker then scored to start the second extra session for a 19-17 advantage, which proved to be all the cushion the Colonials would need as they held on for a 19-18 win.

Seniors Brian Mojica and Ridvan Pehlivan and Petkovic all scored nine points on five goals and four assists against St. Francis, and Petkovic added four steals. Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon made six saves in the first half, while sophomore Sander Profaci played the rest of the game and stopped seven shots.

GW was extremely efficient on its power play opportunities, going 9-for-11 in man-up situations.

In the first game of the day, Harvard took a 3-1 lead before back-to-back goals by freshman Pierce Deamer and junior Jonah Dowd tied the game at 3-3 with 2:25 to go in the first quarter. The Crimson, however, responded with three in a row and led, 6-4, at the end of one.

Harvard again opened the second period with consecutive tallies to go up by four and took a 10-6 lead into the break. The Colonials scored the only two goals of the third quarter as Becker and Mojica each found the back of the cage in the final two minutes to pull GW within two, 10-8, but the Crimson outscored the Colonials, 3-1, in the fourth for the 13-9 win.

Mojica scored five of GW's nine goals in the game and finished with 15 on the weekend. Dillon and Profaci each played two quarters in goal and recorded three saves apiece.

Harvard 13, GW 9
GW - 4-2-2-1--9
HU - 6-4-0-3--13

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

GW 19, No. 12 St. Francis 18 (OT)
GW - 3-4-5-4-2-1--19
SFC - 3-5-4-4-1-1--18

GW Goals: Pehlivan 5, Petkovic 5, Mojica 5, Williams 2, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Castillo 1
GW Saves: Dillon 6 (16:00), Profaci 7 (22:00)



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