GW Men's Water Polo Drops Southern Division Opener to Johns Hopkins, 19-11
Pehlivan, Little Each Notch Hat Tricks in Loss
Sept. 19, 2012
BALTIMORE - The George Washington men's water polo team fell to Johns Hopkins, 19-11, in its Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division opener on Wednesday evening at the Blue Jays' Newton White Athletic Center.
Ranked second in Division III and receiving votes in the national Top 20, Johns Hopkins (12-2, 1-0 Southern) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Each team scored four goals in the second period as the Blue Jays led, 9-4, at halftime.
A 5-2 advantage for the hosts in the third quarter extended their lead to 14-6. GW (5-7, 0-1 Southern) matched Hopkins over the final eight minutes with five goals apiece for the 19-11 final score.
Junior Nate Little and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan each scored three goals to lead the Colonials offensively, while junior Daniel Tyner and sophomore Brian Mojica each tallied twice. Freshman Bogdan Petkovic accounted for GW's final goal.
The Blue Jays were led by Ross Schofield, who scored a school-record eight goals and 14 points, while Wes Hopkins added four goals.
Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded 15 saves in the cage, leaving him 43 shy of the all-time program record for career saves. Hopkins goalies Danny Ovelar (6), Scott Weigel (8) and Erik Henrikson (1) combined for 15 saves for the Blue Jays
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they host Southern Division rivals No. 15 Princeton at 2 p.m. and Bucknell at 7:30 p.m. in a league doubleheader at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Johns Hopkins 19, GW 11
GW Goals: Pehlivan 3, Little 3, Tyner 2, Mojica 2, Petkovic 1
GW Saves: Illes 15