No. 18 GW Men's Water Polo Edged by No. 8 Princeton, 14-12

Ridvan Pehlivan scored six goals against Princeton.


Sept. 21, 2014

WASHINGTON - Senior Ridvan Pehlivan scored six goals, but the No. 18 George Washington men's water polo team fell to No. 8 Princeton, 14-12, on Sunday morning at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

Pehlivan's six goals were one shy of his career high, but they were not enough to overcome the eighth-ranked team in the country.

Entering the game tied with David Zenk ('09) for the Colonials' all-time assists record, senior Brian Mojica dished out four helpers against the Tigers to give him 162 in his career and surpass Zenk as the all-time leader.

Similarly, junior Bogdan Petkovic recorded two field blocks in the game to become GW's all-time leader in that category with 56 in his career, passing former teammate Guy Helman ('13).

GW (6-3, 0-2 Southern) jumped out to a 3-1 lead with 2:13 to go in the first quarter thanks to two goals by Pehlivan and one by Petkovic. Princeton (8-1, 3-1 Southern) tallied two of the final three goals of the period, but the Colonials led, 4-3, after one.

The Tigers, however, came out strong to start the second quarter, scoring the first five goals of the period to take a game-high 8-4 lead with 2:49 left. GW responded with three in a row, including two more by Pehlivan, to pull within one, 8-7, with 43 seconds left, but Princeton scored 17 seconds later to take a 9-7 halftime advantage.

The teams traded goals in the third, with each squad scoring twice and Princeton maintaining its two-goal lead, 11-9. Freshman Pierce Deamer accounted for both of GW's goals in the period.

Pehlivan opened the fourth quarter with a five-meter goal to bring the Colonials back within one, 11-10, with 7:09 to play, but they were never able to get any closer as the teams again alternated goals in the period and Princeton held on for the 14-12 win.

In addition to Pehlivan's six goals, Deamer notched his third hat trick in the last four games. Princeton's Connor McGoldrick scored four goals to pace his team.

Junior Connor Dillon and sophomore Sander Profaci again split time in goal, with Dillon recording five saves and Profaci stopping six shots.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they visit Southern Division rival Bucknell at 5 p.m.

Princeton 14, GW 12
GW - 4-3-2-3--12
PU - 3-6-2-3--14

GW Goals: Pehlivan 6, Deamer 3, Petkovic 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1
Princeton Goals: McGoldrick 4, Colina 3, Jeremic 3, Hoffenberg 3, Fink 1

GW Assists: Mojica 4, Petkovic 2, Pehlivan 1, Montgomery 1
GW Steals: Wrobel 4, Petkovic 2, Becker 1, Pehlvian 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1, Dillon 1
GW Field Blocks: Deamer 3, Petkovic 2
GW Ejections Drawn: Petkovic 5, Deamer 3
GW Saves: Dillon 5 (16:00), Profaci 6 (16:00)



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