GW Men's Water Polo Bested by Harvard, MIT at Princeton Invitational
Sept. 10, 2011
PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team suffered losses to Boston-area programs Harvard, 13-12 in overtime, and MIT, 7-2, on the first day of the Princeton Invitational on Saturday.
GW (3-3) will look to regroup against difficult competition at the Princeton Invitational on Sunday against Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) crossover foes No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.) and Brown.
Slow starts were the theme of the day for GW as it trailed Harvard, 9-3, midway through the third period and failed to score a goal against MIT until the third quarter.
The Colonials played their second consecutive overtime contest in Saturday's opener against the Crimson, six days after defeating the Fordham Rams, 11-10, in sudden death overtime at the Navy Labor Day Open.
Trailing 9-3 with 3:05 remaining in the third stanza, GW mounted a furious rally to send the game to overtime knotted at 11-11. The Colonials outscored the Crimson 7-1 in just over eight minutes to make it 10-10 with 2:54 left in regulation. HU regained a one-goal lead 50 seconds later, but sophomore Nate Little sent it to overtime with a goal with 49 seconds to go. GW had a chance to win it in regulation, but a late Harvard field block prevented a game-winning goal.
Harvard (2-2) took a 12-11 lead 2:34 into the extra session, but Little evened the contest with his fourth goal of the game with 2:02 left in overtime. However, Harvard converted the go-ahead goal with 1:36 remaining and GW couldn't take advantage of a late man-up opportunity to force sudden death. Sophomore Daniel Tyner totaled a hat trick, followed by two goals from Ridvan Pehlivan and Paul Deasey. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes made eight saves and the Colonials went 6-for-10 on man-up opportunities.
In Saturday's late game, GW found itself down 3-0 at halftime before battling back to 4-2 through three periods. MIT (1-4), though, pitched a third shutout quarter over the final eight minutes and added three insurance goals to hand GW the 7-2 defeat. Tyner and junior Guy Helman netted the goals, while freshman Brian Mojica chipped in an assist and three steals and classmate Ridvan Pehlivan added four ejections drawn. Illes posted eight saves and a penalty block, but the Colonials were adversely affected by Deasey's first-quarter game misconduct.
Harvard 13, GW 12 (OT)
GW goals: Little 4, Tyner 3, Pehlivan 2, Deasey 2, Mojica
MIT 7, GW 2
GW goals: Tyner, Helman