GW Men's Water Polo Splits on First Day of Princeton Invite
Colonials Improve to 5-1, Best Start Since 2006
Sept. 14, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on the first day of the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, falling to 16th-ranked Santa Clara, 12-7, before knocking off Iona, 16-8. At 5-1 on the season, the Colonials are off to their best start since 2006.
Santa Clara jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 6-2 advantage into the intermission. The second half was closer, as the Broncos outscored the Colonials by just one, 6-5, but it was not enough for GW to avoid its first loss of the season, 12-7.
Senior Nate Little and sophomore Bogdan Petkovic tallied two goals apiece to lead the Colonials, and Petkovic added four steals. Junior Brian Mojica dished out a team-high three assists, and junior Ridvan Pehlivan drew four ejections to go with one goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded nine saves, one shy of his career high.
The nightcap was a different story, as the Colonials scored on their first three possessions and the defense took over from there, limiting Iona to just two first-half goals. GW led, 7-2, at the intermission and 11-5 after three quarters before finishing off the 16-8 victory.
Petkovic led the Colonials with five goals, while Little, Pehlivan and senior Daniel Tyner also notched hat tricks and sophomore Jonah Dowd recorded six steals to go with one goal. Dillon stopped nine shots in three periods, including a penalty block in the third quarter, before giving way to freshman Sander Profaci, who made one save in the fourth.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they take on Penn in an exhibition match at 9:30 a.m. before facing Harvard at 2 p.m. on the second day of the Princeton Invitational.
#16 Santa Clara 12, GW 7
GW - 0-2-2-3--7
SC - 3-3-2-4--12
GW Goals: Little 2, Petkovic 2, Wrobel 1, Deasey 1, Pehlivan 1
GW Saves: Dillon 9
GW 16, Iona 8
IC - 2-0-3-3--8
GW - 5-2-4-5--16
GW Goals: Petkovic 5, Tyner 3, Pehlivan 3, Little 3, Deasey 1, Dowd 1
GW Saves: Dillon 9, Profaci 1
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