No. 18 GW Men's Water Polo Falls to Bucknell, 14-8

Brian Mojica tied the Colonials' all-time assists record.


Sept. 20, 2014

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WASHINGTON - Senior Brian Mojica tied the program's all-time assists record, but the No. 18 George Washington men's water polo team fell to CWPA Southern Division rival Bucknell, 14-8, on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

Mojica dished out the 158th assist of his career, tying David Zenk's all-time record set from 2005-08. In addition, junior Bogdan Petkovic recorded his 54th career field block, leaving him one shy of former teammate Guy Helman's all-time mark.

GW (6-2, 0-1 Southern) scored the first three goals of the game as freshman Pierce Deamer put the Colonials on the board just 51 seconds into action and senior Ridvan Pehlivan followed with back-to-back markers to give the hosts a 3-0 lead with 4:50 to go in the first.

Bucknell (4-4, 2-1 Southern) tallied the final two goals of the period to slice GW's lead to 3-2. The teams alternated goals for the first 5:50 of the second quarter, but the Bison tied the game with consecutive goals to end the period and it was 6-6 at the break.

Bucknell extended its run with three straight to start the third quarter, taking a 9-6 lead before Mojica scored on a power play to end the Colonials' drought with 1:14 to go. The Bison led, 10-7, after three, then again scored the first three goals of the fourth to go up 13-7 before Mojica's second goal of the contest at the 4:18 mark. Bucknell scored the game's final goal with 3:04 remaining for the 14-8 win.

Mojica, Pehlivan and Deamer led the Colonials with two goals apiece, and Mojica added an assist for three points. Petkovic also had three points on a goal and two helpers, and he added three steals and a field block.

Junior Connor Dillon and sophomore Sander Profaci split time in goal, with Dillon recording five saves, including a big block on a penalty shot in the third quarter, and Profaci stopping four shots.

Grant Curry notched a hat trick to lead Bucknell.

The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host No. 8 Princeton at 11 a.m. at the Smith Center Pool.

Bucknell 14, GW 8
GW - 3-3-1-1--8
BU - 2-4-4-4--14

GW Goals: Deamer 2, Mojica 2, Pehlivan 2, Dowd 1, Petkovic 1
Bucknell Goals: Curry 3, Babic 2, Stupp 2, Hale 2, Moore 2, Wattana 1, Daley 1, Hagen 1

GW Assists: Petkovic 2, Wrobel 2, Mojica 1
GW Steals: Petkovic 3, Becker 3, Dowd 2, Mojica 1
GW Field Blocks: Mojica 2, Petkovic 1, Dowd 1, Wrobel 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 3, Pehlivan 2, Petkovic 2, Mojica 2, Montgomery 1, Wrobel 1
GW Saves: Dillon 5 (16:00), Profaci 4 (16:00)



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