GW Men's Water Polo Drops Two at Princeton Invite
Colonials Fall to Nationally Ranked Foes UCLA, MIT
PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team dropped a pair of matches on the first day of the Princeton Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the Tigers' DeNunzio Pool.
Despite the losses, the Colonials are still off to its best start since 2006, when they were 5-1 after the first six games.
GW (4-2) fell to No. 2 UCLA, 22-4, in their first game of the day. The Colonials led the Bruins, 3-2, at the 4:27 mark of the first period, and the score was tied, 4-4, at the end of the quarter.
But UCLA, which advanced to the NCAA championship game a year ago, proved too much for GW, scoring 18 straight goals over the final three periods. The Bruins led, 9-4, at halftime, but scored eight goals in the third period to take control.
"I thought we played an absolutely fantastic first half," said head coach Scott Reed. "We never backed down and played very tough. Unfortunately, their size and experience really wore us down in the second half."
Goals were also hard to come by for GW in the second game of the day, as the Colonials fell to MIT, the seventh-ranked in Division III, 13-6. The score was tied, 3-3, after one quarter, but the Colonials got into foul trouble in the second period. The Engineers took advantage, as they led at halftime, 6-4, then outscored GW in the second half, 7-2, to win the game.
Graduate student Milos Purkovic scored twice, while Illes made 10 saves in the cage for GW.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they take on No. 18 Brown at 2:15 p.m. and Fordham at 4:45 p.m. on the final day of the Princeton Invite.
No. 2 UCLA 22, GW 4
GW - 4-0-0-0--4
UCLA - 4-5-8-4--22
GW Goals: Little 2, Petkovic 1, Wrobel 1
GW Saves: Illes 12, Dillon 4
MIT 12, GW 6
GW - 3-1-1-1--6
MIT - 3-3-5-2--13
GW Goals: Purkovic 2, Mojica 1, Castillo 1, Little 1, Deasey 1
GW Saves: Illes 10
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