GW Men's Water Polo Drops Saturday Opener to No. 13 Princeton, 14-8
Illes Makes 17 Saves; Colonials Host Johns Hopkins at 8 p.m. Tonight
Sept. 24, 2011
WASHINGTON - In its first of two home games Saturday, the George Washington men's water polo team dropped a 14-8 decision to No. 13 Princeton in its Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division opener at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
The contest was one of three at Smith Center Pool this weekend. GW (5-7, 0-1 CWPA South) will also host league rivals Johns Hopkins (Saturday, 8 p.m.) and Bucknell (Sunday, 12 p.m.).
In Saturday's early game, sophomore Paul Deasey and freshman Ridvan Pehlivan netted hat tricks to pace GW, but No. 13 Princeton used a six-goal run to pull away from a 5-5 tie in the second half en route to the 14-8 final.
Deasey scored just over a minute into the contest to give the Colonials their lone lead at 1-0. Kurt Buchbinder tied it at 1-1 just seconds later and assisted Billy Tifft with 2:14 left in the period to give the Tigers a 2-1 advantage after eight minutes.
Princeton (10-1, 2-1 CWPA South) built the lead to 5-2, but sophomore Adam Streeter slid a shot in on a quick pass from junior John Paul Bezerra to get GW within 5-3 just 20 seconds before halftime. Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes was a major factor in keeping the Colonials close in the opening half with 10 first-half saves.
The Colonials clawed back to tie it at 5-5 with 3:50 remaining in the third quarter behind well-placed, long-range shots from Deasey and Pehlivan. Deasey clanged in a shot off the left post from 10 meters, and Pehlivan rocketed a straightaway shot into the upper left corner from 12 meters.
The Tigers regrouped during a timeout and proceeded to score the game's next six goals over a span of 6:10 to surge to an 11-5 lead with 5:17 left.
Pehlivan ended the run and completed his hat trick with 5:01 to play, followed by consecutive man-up goals from sophomore Daniel Tyner and Deasey to make it 11-8 with 3:16 remaining. Connor Still dashed any comeback hopes with the Tigers' seventh man-up goal of the game with 2:44 left and two late PU goals produced the 14-8 final margin.
Illes finished with 17 saves, two shy of the school record, for his 28th career 10-plus save performance. GW played without injured sophomore Nate Little, the team's leading goal scorer with 31 goals.
#13 Princeton 14, GW 8
PU - 2 - 1 - 4 - 5 -- 14
GW - 1 - 2 - 2 - 3 -- 8
GW goals: Pehlivan 3, Deasey 3, Streeter, Tyner
GW assists: Pehlivan, Bezerra
GW steals: Illes 2, Pehlivan, Helman, Bezerra
GW ejections drawn: Tyner 3, Bezerra 2, Scherma 2, Pehlivan
GW field blocks: Scherma, Helman, Deasey
GW saves: Illes 17
PU goals: Hoffenberg 3, Still 2, Galainena 2, Buchbinder 2, Shannon 2, Tifft, Weber, Cottrell
PU saves: Amina 3
PU - 7-9
GW - 3-5
PU - 10-1, 2-1 CWPA Southern Division
GW - 5-7 overall, 0-1 CWPA Southern Division
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