Men's Water Polo Garners Saturday Split

Atakan Destici and the Colonials dropped their home opener Saturday to Bucknell.
Sept. 23, 2017

WASHINGTON - George Washington men's water polo split a pair of games Saturday to begin Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference play.

After a 17-12 road win over Navy to start the day, the 18th-ranked Colonials fell to No. 17 Bucknell, 12-9, in the nightcap before an energetic crowd at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

After trailing Bucknell by four goals early in the fourth quarter, GW (7-5, 1-1 MAWPC) twice pulled within two down the stretch, but its rally came up short in a rematch of last season's conference tournament championship.

The Colonials close the weekend at home Sunday, hosting Fordham at 1 p.m.

GW 17, Navy 12: Andras Levai posted four goals and three assists and Atakan Destici added two goals and five assists to help the Colonials drop the Midshipmen at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.

Navy (5-7, 0-2) had it tied at 5 early in the second quarter before back-to-back scores from Jordan Blosser and Jack Kerwin put GW in front for good.

Blosser, Kerwin, Andrew Mavis and Kerim Sismanoglu all tallied multiple goals. Austin Pyrch went the distance in net, totaling 11 saves.

Bucknell 12, GW 9: The Bison (6-6, 2-0) found separation in a back-and-forth battle with a five-goal third quarter. Marko Djordjevic's score with one second left in the period extended the visitors' lead to 9-5.

Boosted by the fans in its home debut, GW put together a spirited closing run. Andrew Mavis and Andras Levai both scored a pair of goals in the final quarter. It was a Mavis tally that got the Colonials within 11-9 with 2:51 left, but they didn't score again.

Sismanoglu recorded a team-high three goals in the loss, while Destici and Deamer both finished with a goal and an assist.

WATCH THIS: Head Coach Barry King and Deamer discuss Saturday's home opener.

GW 17, Navy 12
GW -- 5-4-5-3--17
Navy -- 3-3-4-2--12

GW Goals: Levai 4, Blosser 3, Destici 2, Mavis 2, Kerwin 2, Sismanoglu 2, Else 1, Deamer 1.
GW Assists: Destici 5, Levai 3, Mavis 1, Else 1, Kerwin 1, Blosser 1.
GW Steals: Levai 3, Destici 2, Mavis 2, Becker 2, Deamer 2, Sismanoglu 1, Kerwin 1.
GW Field Blocks: Becker 1, Levai 1, Deamer 1, Blosser 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Mavis 1, Else 1, Sismanoglu 1, Blosser 1.
GW Saves: Pyrch 11.

Bucknell 12, GW 9
GW -- 0-3-2-4--9
Bucknell -- 2-2-5-3--12

GW Goals: Sismanoglu 3, Mavis 2, Levai 2, Destici 1, Deamer 1.
GW Assists: Slaughter 2, Destici 1, Deamer 1.
GW Steals: Blosser 3, Mavis 3, Sismanoglu 2, Destici 2, Deamer 1, Levai 1.
GW Field Blocks: Deamer 2, Destici 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Mavis 4, Deamer 2, Destici 1, Else 1, Kerwin 1.
GW Saves: Pyrch 8.



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