GW Men's Water Polo Splits League Matches With Navy, Princeton
Colonials Rally for 14-13 Win over Midshipmen, Fall to 13th-Ranked Tigers
Sept. 22, 2013
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of matches against CWPA Southern Division rivals on Sunday afternoon at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The Colonials used a big third-quarter comeback to defeat Navy, 14-13, then fell to No. 13 Princeton, 9-5.
GW moves to 8-2 overall and 2-1 in Southern Division play.
In the first game of the day, Navy scored the first two goals of the first quarter, but senior Daniel Tyner put the Colonials on the scoreboard with 1:15 left in the period, and the Midshipmen led, 2-1, after one.
The teams alternated goals for the first half of the second quarter, with junior Ridvan Pehlivan twice tying the score before Navy tallied three in a row over a 90-second span to jump out to a 7-4 lead. The Colonials rallied back, however, with senior Nate Little and junior Adam Wrobel scoring back-to-back goals to end the half and send GW into the break down just one, 7-6.
A slow start to the third quarter saw Navy's Will Weggeland score the first goal after 3:35 had passed, giving the Midshipmen a two-goal lead, 8-6. The Colonials then answered back over the final four minutes of the quarter with four consecutive goals. Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic's back-to-back goals in a span of 27 seconds tied the game at 8-8, and Tyner gave GW the lead for good with 2:51 left in the period. A nice move by Little at the 1:18 mark put the Colonials up, 10-8, after three.
Navy tried to battle back, as Robert Sutherland found the back of the cage just 16 seconds into the fourth quarter, but GW had an answer for each of the Midshipmen's tallies. Sutherland scored his third goal of the period with 2:08 left to pull Navy within one, 14-13, and neither team was able to muster any offense for the remainder of the match.
The Midshipmen had possession with 5.32 seconds remaining and called a timeout, but their shot at the buzzer hit the post and the Colonials won their fourth in a row.
Tyner led GW with eight points on four goals and four assists, while Petkovic also notched a hat trick to go with an assist and five steals and Pehlivan tallied four points on two goals and a pair of helpers. Sophomore goalie Connor Dillon recorded four saves.
In the second game of the day, the Colonials scored first, as Pehlivan found the back of the cage 1:13 into the match. Princeton tied it 20 seconds later, sparking at 3-0 run. GW rallied back to tie the game at 3-3 on goals by Tyner and Little, but The Tigers scored twice in the final minute of the first quarter to take a 5-3 lead which they would not relinquish.
A quick Pehlivan goal just 35 seconds into the second quarter made it a one-goal game, but the Colonials would not score again for more than 20 minutes. Princeton led, 6-4, at halftime, then tallied the only three goals of the third period to take a 9-4 lead. Another Pehlivan goal with 3:16 remaining in the game was the only marker in the fourth quarter as the Tigers won, 9-5.
Pehlivan notched a hat trick to lead the Colonials offensively, while Petkovic recorded four assists, four steals and three field blocks. Dillon matched his career high with 10 saves.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they host Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool. Prior to the game, GW will honor seniors Little, Tyner, Paul Deasey and Adam Streeter in a Senior Day ceremony. In addition, the Colonials will welcome back their alumni as part of GW Alumni Weekend.
GW 14, Navy 13
GW Goals: Tyner 4, Petkovic 3, Pehlivan 2, Little 2, Mojica 1, Wrobel 1, Dowd 1
GW Assists: Tyner 4, Deasey 3, Pehlivan 2, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1, Little 1
No. 13 Princeton 9, GW 5
GW Goals: Pehlivan 3, Tyner 1, Little 1
GW Assists: Petkovic 4, Mojica 1