GW Men's Water Polo Takes Two More at Navy Open
Colonials Improve to 4-0 for Second Straight Season
Sep 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team won two more games at the Navy Open on Sunday to begin the season with a 4-0 record for the second year in a row. The Colonials defeated Penn State Behrend, 20-1, in the morning, then held off Notre Dame (Ohio), 12-11, in the afternoon.
After outscoring its foes 41-14 in two Saturday wins, GW used another dominating defensive performance to jump out to a 7-0 lead after the first quarter and 12-0 at halftime against Penn State Behrend. PSB scored its lone goal in the third quarter, but the Colonials extended their lead to 16-1 at the end of three and blanked the Lions again in the fourth for the 20-1 victory.
Another balanced offensive attack saw 12 different Colonials score, led by senior Paul Deasey and freshman Jake Guso with three goals apiece. Junior Ridvan Pehlivan also tallied three points on three assists.
The Lions' one goal is the fewest the Colonials have allowed since Sept. 3, 2011, an 18-1 win also over Penn State Behrend at the Navy Open.
"We overmatched them right from the get-go," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "Our defense just didn't allow them to do anything the whole game."
GW faced its first deficit of the season in the final game of the weekend, as Notre Dame held a 4-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Colonials fought back to tie it, 7-7, at halftime. GW took a 10-9 lead after three periods and led by two for much of the fourth quarter but was unable to pull away. With 30 seconds left, the Falcons called a timeout with a man-up opportunity, but the Colonials were able to kill off the power play and hold on for the 12-11 victory.
Senior Nate Little led the Colonials with four goals, while senior Daniel Tyner and sophomore Bogdan Petkovic each notched a hat trick and Petkovic added four field blocks. Dillon recorded six saves in the game.
"This was definitely a good test, and we managed to overcome a deficit and hold on to a lead," Coach Reed said.
The Colonials return to action next weekend when they play four games at the Princeton Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.
GW 20, Penn State Behrend 1
GW Goals: Deasey 3, Guso 3, Castillo 2, Tyner 2, Gut 2, Mojica 2, Wrobel 1, Sedlachek 1, Petkovic 1, Streeter 1, Little 1, Swart 1
GW 12, Notre Dame (Ohio) 11
GW Goals: Little 4, Tyner 3, Petkovic 3, Streeter 1, Pehlivan 1