Defense Shines Again as GW Men's Water Polo Downs Harvard, 11-6
Colonials Defeat Crimson for First Time Since 2009
Sept. 15, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team used another staunch defensive effort to shut down Harvard, 11-6, on Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Princeton Invitational at the Tigers' DeNunzio Pool.
After defeating Penn, 16-9, in an exhibition match to start the day, GW (6-1) scored the only goal of the first quarter against Harvard and never relinquished the lead. With the Colonials up 4-2, Harvard had a power play with 28 seconds left in the second period, which GW managed to kill to end the half. However, due to a clock error, the teams were forced to replay the final 28 seconds, and the Colonials made a stop to regain possession. Senior Daniel Tyner then drew an ejection, and sophomore Bogdan Petkovic scored his lone goal of the game with one second to go to send GW into the intermission with a 5-2 advantage.
"The momentum really shifted at that point," said Head Coach Scott Reed.
Each team scored three goals in the third quarter, and Harvard pulled within 8-6 with 5:22 to go in the fourth, but the Colonials scored three unanswered goals to end the game for the 11-6 final.
"It was an awesome defensive effort on our part," said Coach Reed. "We did a good job of controlling Harvard and not giving up anything easy to allow them to chip away."
Junior Ridvan Pehlivan led GW with four goals, while Tyner scored three. Junior Brian Mojica tallied four points on a goal and three assists, and Petkovic added four assists, four steals and three field blocks.
Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon matched his career high with 10 saves against the Crimson. "Connor had an absolutely amazing game," said Coach Reed.
At 6-1, the Colonials are off to their best start in Coach Reed's 15-year tenure. In addition, Sunday's win was GW's first over Harvard since 2009.
"I'm proud of these guys," added Coach Reed. "We got better each time we played this weekend."
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they host Southern Division Rival No. 15 Bucknell at 8 p.m., at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW 11, Harvard 6
GW Goals: Pehlivan 4, Tyner 3, Streeter 1, Deasey 1, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1