GW Men's Water Polo Drops Pair at Bison Invite

Pearce Deamer tallied five goals and three assists against Johns Hopkins and Fordham.


Sept. 13, 2015

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The George Washington men's water polo team dropped a pair of games on the final day of the Bison Invitational on Sunday afternoon at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium. The Colonials fell to No. 18 Johns Hopkins, 16-8, before ending the weekend with a 12-8 loss to Fordham.

Sophomores Pierce Deamer and Noah McKinnie Braun opened the game with back-to-back goals to give GW (2-6) an early 2-0 lead in the first game of the day, but Johns Hopkins tied it up with two in a row. The teams then alternated goals, and freshman Brett Else found the back of the net with six seconds remaining to put the Colonials up, 4-3, at the end of the first quarter.

The Blue Jays, however, used a 4-1 second period to take the lead for good. Hopkins scored three straight in the frame before Deamer ended the spurt, but the Blue Jays held a 7-5 halftime advantage.

Hopkins scored the first four goals out of the break as part of a 6-2 third quarter to go up 13-7, then outscored GW, 3-1, in the fourth for the 16-8 win.

Deamer and Else scored two goals apiece to pace GW's offense, and Else added two steals, two ejections drawn and two sprints won. Senior Connor Dillon (3) and junior Sander Profaci (8) split time in goal, combining for 11 saves.

In a back-and-forth nightcap, the Colonials again took an early 2-0 lead before Fordham knotted the score, and the teams were tied at 3-3 after one quarter. The Rams tallied the first two goals of the second stanza, but consecutive markers by junior Dennis Gut and Deamer tied it again at 5-5 midway through the period. Fordham again scored two in a row to take a 7-5 lead before freshman Jack Kerwin's second goal of the day with eight seconds remaining made it 7-6 at halftime.

Sophomore Quentin Montgomery found the back of the net just 36 seconds into the third quarter, but Fordham scored the final two goals of the period to take the lead for good, 9-7, after three. Fordham then used a 3-1 fourth quarter to defeat the Colonials, 12-8.

Deamer notched his third hat trick in four games on the weekend and added three assists for a team-high six points to go with three ejections drawn. Kerwin added an assist and four steals to his two goals, while freshman Austin Pyrch made his first career start in goal and recorded six saves.

The Colonials return to action on Friday, Sept. 25, when they host Johns Hopkins in a CWPA Southern Division contest in the first of three games in three days at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

#18 Johns Hopkins 16, GW 8
GW -- 4-1-2-1--8
JHU -- 3-4-6-3--16

GW Goals: Deamer 2, Else 2, Gut 1, Behun 1, Montgomery 1, Braun 1
GW Assists: Braun 1, McLean 1, Profaci 1
GW Steals: Else 2, Kerwin 2, Yu 1, McLean 1, Swart 1, Behun 1
GW Field Blocks: Braun 2, Yu 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Else 2, McLean 1, Deamer 1
GW Swimoffs Won: Else 2-of-4
GW Saves: Dillon 3, Profaci 8

Fordham 12, GW 8
GW -- 3-3-1-1--8
FOR -- 3-4-2-3--12

GW Goals: Deamer 3, Kerwin 2, McLean 1, Montgomery 1, Gut 1
GW Assists: Deamer 3, Kerwin 1, Montgomery 1, Braun 1
GW Steals: Kerwin 4, Else 2, Deamer 1, Pyrch 1
GW Field Blocks: Montgomery 1, Braun 1, Kerwin 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 3, Kerwin 1, McLean 1, Braun 1, Gut 1
GW Swimoffs Won: Else 3-of-4
GW Saves: Pyrch 6



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