No. 20 GW Men's Water Polo Extends Win Streak to Five
Colonials Down Penn State Behrend, Mercyhurst on Second Day of Bison Invite
Sept. 14, 2014
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The No. 20 George Washington men's water polo team extended its winning streak to five games and improved to 6-1 on the season with a pair of victories on the second day of the Bison Invite at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium. The Colonials routed Penn State Behrend, 16-2, then downed Mercyhurst, 15-6.
The Colonials jumped out on Penn State Behrend early and often in the first game of the day, outscoring the Lions, 7-0, in the first quarter and extending their lead to 8-0 before PSUB got on the board for the first time with 4:31 left in the second period.
GW held an 11-2 halftime advantage and shut the Lions out for the rest of the game while scoring five goals in the third quarter for the 16-2 win.
"We jumped out very quickly and our defense clamped down and kept Penn State Behrend in check the whole game," said Head Coach Scott Reed.
Freshman Pierce Deamer scored a career-high five goals, while senior Adam Wrobel, sophomore Dennis Gut and freshman Quentin Montgomery each scored twice and sophomore goalkeeper Sander Profaci made seven saves.
The second game of the day began much like the first as the Colonials scored the first three goals before allowing a Mercyhurst marker for a 3-1 lead after one quarter. GW scored the first two goals of the second period to go up, 5-1, and held a 7-3 halftime advantage.
The teams alternated goals to start the third before junior Bogdan Petkovic and senior Ridvan Pehlivan tallied back-to-back in the final minute for an 11-5 lead, and the Colonials' defense allowed just one goal in the fourth quarter while the offense scored four more times for the 15-6 victory.
"Once again we jumped out and our defensive pressure kept Mercyhurst in check pretty much the entire game," said Coach Reed. "It was just an outstanding effort defensively and they just couldn't keep up with our pace. It was a well-played game and a good step as we head to next weekend's league competition."
Senior Brian Mojica matched his career high with five goals while Pehlivan scored four and Petkovic totaled three goals, three assists and five steals. Junior goalie Connor Dillon stopped a career-high 14 shots in cage.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, Sept. 20 when they host CWPA Southern Division rival Bucknell at 7 p.m. in their home opener at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW 16, Penn State Behrend 2
GW - 7-4-5-0--16
PSUB - 0-2-0-0--2
GW Goals: Deamer 5, Montgomery 2, Gut 2, Wrobel 2, Swart 1, Michalko 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1, Sedlachek 1
GW Saves: Profaci 7
GW 15, Mercyhurst 6
GW - 3-4-4-4--15
MC - 1-2-2-1--6
GW Goals: Mojica 5, Pehlivan 4, Petkovic 3, Wrobel 1, Deamer 1, Dowd 1
GW Saves: Dillon 14
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