GW Men's Water Polo Splits League Doubleheader with Princeton, Bucknell
Sept. 22, 2012
WASHINGTON - Junior Daniel Tyner tallied 12 points in two games as the George Washington men's water polo team split a doubleheader against CWPA Southern Division rivals on Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials (6-8, 1-2 Southern) dropped a tight 7-5 decision to No. 15 Princeton in the first game of the day, then defeated Bucknell, 15-12, in the nightcap.
The Tigers (6-3, 1-0 Southern) outscored the Colonials, 3-1, in the first quarter, but the game was even the rest of the way. Princeton led, 4-2, at halftime as each team scored once in the second period. The Tigers took a game-high four-goal lead, 7-3, with 38 seconds to go in the third quarter, but GW scored the final two goals of the contest, as graduate student Milos Purkovic tallied just 23 seconds later, and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan scored the lone goal of the fourth quarter for the 7-5 final margin.
Tyner and Pehlivan each scored twice in the game, while senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded 11 saves. Pehlivan and Purkovic each had three ejections drawn, and freshman Bogdan Petkovic tallied three steals.
"We played an absolutely fantastic game against Princeton," said head coach Scott Reed. "We did everything we wanted to do, we just didn't convert on our opportunities."
The Colonials were just 1-for-9 on extra-man opportunities, while the Tigers converted on 6-of-11 power plays.
In the second game of the day, Bucknell (4-7, 0-2 Southern) led, 2-1, with 2:30 to go in the first quarter before the Colonials took control, scoring the final three goals of the period and first five of the second quarter while not allowing a Bison goal in the second frame to lead, 9-2, at halftime.
Jack Else ended GW's 8-0 run with back-to-back goals to open the third quarter, but the Colonials tallied three of the next four, including a five-meter penalty goal by Tyner with 1:32 left in the period to take a game-high eight-goal lead, 13-5.
The Bison chipped away at their deficit, however, scoring the final two goals of the third quarter and outscoring GW, 5-2, in the fourth to pull within three, but they could not complete the comeback, as the Colonials held on for the 15-12 victory, their first of the season in Southern Division play.
Tyner led GW with a career-high 10 points on four goals and a career-best six assists, while also adding a team-high four steals. Junior Nate Little tallied five points on four goals and an assist to go along with two ejections drawn. Pehlivan and Petkovic each notched hat tricks, and sophomore Brian Mojica dished out four assists.
Illes recorded 11 saves in the cage and now has 930 in his career, just 21 shy of the all-time program record.
Else led all players with seven goals, as he scored Bucknell's first four goals of the game and six of its first seven.
"Tonight's game was a good indication that our offense is starting to come together," said Reed. "This win gives these guys a lot of confidence, and that's what we needed."
The Colonials have two weeks off before heading to California for the Gary Troyer Tournament hosted by Pomona Pitzer Colleges, Claremont McKenna College and University of La Verne on Oct. 5-6.
No. 15 Princeton 7, GW 5
GW Goals: Pehlivan 2, Tyner 2, Purkovic 1
GW 15, Bucknell 12
GW Goals: Little 4, Tyner 4, Pehlivan 3, Petkovic 3, Purkovic 1