GW Men's Water Polo Upends No. 18 Bucknell, 15-14
Tyner, Pehlivan Score Four Goals Each as Colonials Improve to 7-1
Sept. 21, 2013
WASHINGTON - Senior Daniel Tyner and junior Ridvan Pehlivan each scored four goals to lift the George Washington men's water polo team to a 15-14 win over No. 18 Bucknell on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW continues its hot start, improving to 7-1 on the season and 1-0 in CWPA Southern Division play, while Bucknell, which had won three in a row including a victory at Navy earlier in the day, falls to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the division.
The Bison scored first, but the Colonials had an answer for each of Bucknell's first three goals and the score was tied, 3-3, with 2:22 to play in the first quarter. Tyner scored the first of his two penalty shots with 1:03 left to give GW a 4-3 lead at the end of one.
Bucknell tied the game early in the second, but GW quickly regained the lead on a goal by junior Adam Wrobel, and Tyner's third goal of the contest gave the hosts a two-goal advantage. After another Bison tally, Pehlivan scored two in a row to end the half and send the Colonials into the break with an 8-5 lead.
GW scored two of the first three goals of the third quarter to take its largest lead of the night at 10-6, but Bucknell rallied with four of the next five to pull within one, 11-10, with 1:48 to go in the period. The Colonials regained their two-goal lead on Pehlivan's third goal of the game to make it 12-10 after three.
The Bison, however, would not go down without a fight, tying the game with the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Tyner's second penalty goal briefly gave GW a 13-12 advantage with 4:29 left, but Bucknell's Stefan Aleksic tallied the third of his four goals with 3:05 to go to again tie the game.
But just 22 seconds later, junior Brian Mojica completed his hat trick to put GW on top for good at the 2:43 mark. The Bison called a timeout with 52 seconds left and possession, but the Colonials forced a turnover and Pehlivan sealed the win with his fourth goal of the night with 24 seconds left. Aleksic found the back of the cage with nine seconds to go to again pull Bucknell within one, but it would not be enough as the Colonials held onto the ball and the victory, 15-14.
Tyner led the Colonials with seven points on four goals and three assists and he added four steals. Mojica tallied six points on three goals and three assists and Pehlivan had five points on four goals and a helper. Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded six saves, and senior Adam Streeter drew both penalties which led to Tyner's five-meter goals.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they host Southern Division rivals Navy (11 a.m.) and No. 13 Princeton (3 p.m.) in a doubleheader at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW 15, No. 18 Bucknell 14
GW Goals: Tyner 4, Pehlivan 4, Mojica 3, Petkovic 1, Wrobel 1, Little 1, Dowd 1
GW Assists: Tyner 3, Deasey 3, Mojica 3, Wrobel 2, Pehlivan 1