GW Men's Water Polo Stopped by CWPA Crossover Foes at Princeton Invitational

Junior Cameron Illes' 19 total saves on Sunday weren't enough to lift GW past St. Francis (N.Y.) or Brown at the Princeton Invitational.

Sept. 11, 2011

PRINCETON, N.J. - In its most difficult games of the season to date, the George Washington men's water polo team was edged by Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) crossover rivals No. 19 St. Francis (N.Y.), 17-12, and Brown, 8-6, on the final day of the Princeton Invitational on Sunday.

Sophomore Nate Little scored a hat trick in each contest and junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes totaled 19 saves, but it wasn't enough to lead the Colonials past either the Terriers or Bears. GW finished without a win in four games at the Princeton Invite despite a combined 10 goals from Little and 35 saves from Illes.

Trailing defending CWPA Eastern champion and nationally ranked St. Francis (2-4), 3-1, after the first quarter, GW allowed four fast-break goals and a pair of extra-man strikes during the second quarter to fall into a 10-4 deficit at halftime. The Colonials clawed back to within three goals, 14-11, with 5:13 remaining, but the Terriers pumped in three unanswered goals to regain control.

Little and sophomore Daniel Tyner both tallied hat tricks, followed by two goals apiece from junior John Paul Bezerra, sophomore Paul Deasey and freshman Nick Scherma. Illes made eight saves in the contest, while Tyner chipped in two assists and five ejections drawn along with his three goals.

In Sunday's late game, GW struggled from the start and surrendered the game's first five goals to trail Brown, 5-0, after a quarter. The Colonials once again battled back into contention with a trio of third-period goals to close to 6-5 entering the final stanza. However, Brown (2-4) opened the fourth-quarter scoring to make it 7-5 and kept GW from getting any closer.

 

 

Tyner, Deasey and freshman Brian Mojica netted a goal apiece to accompany Little's hat trick, and Illes stopped 11 shots.

GW (3-5) will compete in next weekend's CWPA North/South Invitational on the campus of Navy in Annapolis, Md. The Colonials open against Washington & Jefferson on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., followed by Sunday contests against Connecticut College at 10:20 a.m., and Brown at 2:45 p.m.

St. Francis (N.Y.) 17, GW 12
SFC - 3 - 7 - 4 - 3 -- 17
GW - 1 - 3 - 5 - 3 -- 12

GW goals: Tyner 3, Little 3, Deasey 2, Bezerra 2, Scherma 2
GW saves: Illes 8
GW: Tyner 2a, 5ed; 6-9 man-up opportunities

Brown 8, GW 6
BU - 5 - 1 - 0 - 2 -- 8
GW - 0 - 2 - 3 - 1 -- 6

GW goals: Little 3, Tyner, Deasey, Mojica
GW saves: Illes 11

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