Offense, Defense Shine as GW Men's Water Polo Takes Two at Navy Open
Colonials Open 2013 Season With Dominating Efforts Against Salem International, Gannon
Sep 7, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team's offense picked up where it left off last season, combining to score 41 goals in its first two games of the season, while the defense shut down both opponents in dominating wins over Salem International and Gannon on the first day of the Navy Open. The Colonials defeated the Tigers, 22-4, before taking down the Golden Knights, 19-10.
GW (2-0) dominated SIU, jumping out to a 7-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Colonials blanked the Tigers, 7-0, in the second period to take a 14-2 halftime advantage, then extended their lead to 19-3 after three quarters before finishing off the 22-4 victory.
Thirteen different Colonials found the back of the net, led by sophomore Alec Sedlachek, who scored a career-high four goals, while junior Ridvan Pehlivan and senior Daniel Tyner each notched a hat trick. Junior Brian Mojica tallied five points on a goal and four assists, and senior Paul Deasey recorded two goals and five steals.
The 22 goals are the most the Colonials have scored in a game in a decade.
"We exerted our speed and great defensive play on them, and Salem just couldn't respond at all," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "We did a good job of sealing everything off and getting our transition game going, which is something that we've been focused on in the preseason."
Gannon scored the first goal of the game, but GW held a 5-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, then used a dominating second period to outscore the Golden Knights, 6-1, and take an 11-4 advantage at halftime. The score was 15-8 after three, and a 4-2 fourth quarter led to the 19-10 final.
Tyner led the Colonials with five goals, while Mojica tallied six points on two goals and four assists and Little added a hat trick. Seven different Colonials had multiple goals in the game.
Dillon recorded seven saves and added three assists as he set up a trio of transition goals.
"We really responded to their physical play in the second quarter and jumped out on them good to take that commanding 11-4 lead," Coach Reed said. "It was a solid defensive effort today, and the offense picked up where they left off last year, so they're rolling. Connor Dillon had a fantastic game today, as well."
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they take on Penn State Behrend at 9:30 a.m., and Notre Dame (Ohio) at 2:10 p.m., on the second day of the Navy Open.
GW 22, Salem International 4
GW Goals: Sedlachek 4, Pehlivan 3, Tyner 3, Deasey 2, Williams 2, Wrobel 1, Mojica 1, Petkovic 1, Guso 1, Gut 1, Castillo 1, Streeter 1, Little 1
GW 19, Gannon 10
GW Goals: Tyner 5, Little 3, Pehlivan 2, Deasey 2, Petkovic 2, Dowd 2, Mojica 2, Gut 1