GW Men's Water Polo Splits First Day of Bison Invite

Pierce Deamer scored eight goals in two games on Saturday.


Sept. 12, 2015

Tournament Central

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Sophomore Pierce Deamer and freshman James McLean tallied eight goals apiece to lead the George Washington men's water polo team to a split on the first day of the Bison Invitational on Saturday at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium. The Colonials dropped a heartbreaker to Washington and Jefferson, 15-14, in overtime before defeating Mercyhurst, 11-8, in the nightcap.

In the first game of the day, GW (2-4) and Washington and Jefferson traded goals in the opening quarter, with sophomore Noah McKinnie Braun scoring twice. The Colonials led, 3-2, after one.

McLean opened the second period with back-to-back goals in the first 1:45 to give GW a 5-2 lead, before the Presidents tallied two in a row to close within one, 5-4, with 2:50 to go. The teams then again alternated goals for the remainder of the quarter, and Deamer's marker with 10 seconds left gave GW a 7-5 advantage at the break.

GW scored three straight to start the third frame, including back-to-back goals by McLean and another by Deamer, for a game-high 10-5 lead at the 3:43 mark. Washington and Jefferson scored once at the end of the period, but the Colonials led, 10-6, after three.

Deamer tallied two of the first three goals of the fourth quarter to put GW on top, 12-7, but the Presidents used a 6-1 run over the final six minutes to tie the game at 13-13 and force overtime.

After neither team found the back of the net in the first extra session, Washington and Jefferson took its first lead of the game, 14-13, with 2:07 remaining. Deamer tied it up 18 seconds later, but the Presidents' Patrick Fredrick netted the game-winner with 1:49 to go.

Deamer and McLean scored five goals apiece -- a career high for both -- to pace the Colonials in the game. Deamer added three assists for a career-best eight points to go with two steals and four ejections drawn. Freshman Brett Else won five out of six sprints while recording two assists and three ejections drawn.

Defensively, freshman Jack Kerwin tallied three steals and two field blocks, and senior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded 11 saves and four steals in cage.

The duo opened the scoring for the Colonials in the nightcap, tallying the first two goals of the game against Mercyhurst. After a Laker goal, Deamer scored again to give GW a 3-1 lead after one period.

McLean and Deamer again scored back-to-back goals to start the second quarter, and junior Dennis Gut and Braun extended the run to four in a row for a 7-1 advantage. Consecutive Mercyhurst goals made it 7-3, but GW closed out the half with tallies by McLean and sophomore Quentin Montgomery for a 9-3 halftime lead.

Each team scored once in the third for a 10-4 margin, and freshman Jack Kerwin tallied the first goal in the fourth quarter to give the Colonials a game-high lead at 11-4, before the Lakers closed the game with four straight goals for the 11-8 final.

Deamer and McLean each notched hat tricks against Mercyhurst to lead the Colonials' offense for the second straight game. Deamer added a pair of assists for five points, while McLean tallied two steals. Else recorded three steals, two ejections drawn and a field block while winning all three sprints he took, and Dillon stopped 11 shots.

The Colonials conclude the Bison Invitational on Sunday with games against No. 18 Johns Hopkins (11:45 a.m.) and Fordham (4:45 p.m.).

Washington & Jefferson 15, GW 14, OT
GW -- 3-4-3-3-1--14
W&J -- 2-3-1-7-2--15

GW Goals: Deamer 5, McLean 5, Braun 2, Montgomery 1, Michalko 1
GW Assists: Deamer 3, Else 2, Kerwin 1, Braun 1, Yu 1, Dillon 1
GW Steals: Dillon 4, Kerwin 3, Deamer 2, Else 1, Montgomery 1, McLean 1, Yu 1
GW Field Blocks: Kerwin 2, Else 1, Behun 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 4, Montgomery 4, Else 3, Kerwin 1
GW Swimoffs Won: Else: 5-of-6
GW Saves: Dillon 11

GW 11, Mercyhurst 8
GW -- 3-6-1-1--11
MC -- 1-2-1-4--8

GW Goals: Deamer 3, McLean 3, Kerwin 2, Montgomery 1, Braun 1, Gut 1
GW Assists: Deamer 2, Gut 1, Kerwin 1
GW Steals: Else 3, Braun 2, Pyrch 2, McLean 2, Kerwin 2, Behun 1, Swart 1
GW Field Blocks: Behun 2, Else 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Else 2, Kerwin 1
GW Swimoffs Won: Else 3-of-3, Pyrch 1-of-1
GW Saves: Dillon 11



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