Early Holes Send Men's Water Polo to Pair of Losses

Sept. 12, 2010

PRINCETON, NJ - The George Washington men's water polo team found itself in early deficits in both games and couldn't overcome the margins in an 8-6 loss to Fordham and 9-8 loss to Harvard on the final day of the Princeton Invitational Sunday.

GW (3-5) returns to action Friday at the ECAC Championship on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. The No. 9 seed Colonials face No. 8 seed Iona at 3:00 pm, with the winner moving on to face top-seeded Bucknell Saturday at 9:00 am.

The Colonials dug themselves 3-0 holes after the opening eight minutes against both the Rams and Crimson Sunday and, despite rebounding to take a lead against Harvard, failed to make up the difference.

Trailing 8-4 after three quarters, GW held Fordham without a goal the final eight minutes, but managed just two goals in the final period to fall to the Rams for the second time this season.

Freshman Paul Deasey led the offense with two goals, followed by one apiece from senior Peter Thomas, sophomores John Paul Bezerra and Guy Helman, and rookie Nate Little. Sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Illes was solid, making 11 saves.

After falling behind by three in the first quarter, GW outscored Harvard 7-3 over the next two periods to seize a 7-6 advantage. However, the Crimson evened the score at 8-8, then netted the game-winning goal with 45 seconds remaining, to knock off the Colonials.

Little turned in a team-high four goals, while freshman Daniel Tyner chipped in a hat trick and four assists for his third seven-point contest in his first eight collegiate outings. Deasey added a goal, two assists and four ejections drawn, and Illes stopped nine shots.



FU - 3 - 2 - 3 - 0 -- 8
GW - 0 - 2 - 2 - 2 -- 6

GW goals: Deasey 2, Bezerra, Thomas, Little, Helman
GW saves: Illes 11

HU - 3 - 1 - 2 - 3 -- 9
GW - 0 - 3 - 4 - 1 -- 8

GW goals: Little 4, Tyner 3, Deasey
GW saves: Illes 9

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