GW Men's Water Polo Stumbles on Second Day of Princeton Invite
PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team saw its offensive struggles continue on Sunday afternoon, as the Colonials dropped two more games at the Princeton Invitational at the Tigers' DeNunzio Pool.
GW (4-4) fell to 18th-ranked Brown, 11-3, then closed out the tournament with an 11-8 loss to Fordham.
The Colonials kept it close in the first quarter, as Brown led by one, 3-2, after eight minutes. However, the Bears took control after that, scoring six straight goals and eight of nine over the final three periods to win, 11-3. GW shot just 3-for-21 for the match.
Junior Daniel Tyner scored two of GW's three goals, while sophomore Brian Mojica tallied the other. Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded eight saves in the first half, and freshman Connor Dillon stopped four shots in the second.
Like in the first game of the day, GW was down just one goal, 3-2, after the first quarter against Fordham, but the Rams pulled away in the next two periods, scoring seven straight goals to take a 10-2 lead after three quarters. The Colonials' offense finally began to click in the fourth period, as they outscored Fordham, 6-1, in the quarter to pull within three, but they could not complete the comeback and fell, 11-8.
Junior Nate Little led GW with four goals, while Tyner again scored twice and added four ejections drawn. Junior Paul Deasey and graduate student Milos Purkovic also scored for the Colonials. Illes made five saves in the cage, while Dillon had one.
The Colonials return to action next weekend at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) North/South Tournament, hosted by Harvard University. GW opens the tournament against Brown on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with its remaining opponents determined by other results.
No. 18 Brown 11, GW 3
GW Goals: Tyner 2, Mojica 1
Fordham 11, GW 8
GW Goals: Little 4, Tyner 2, Deasey 1, Purkovic 1