GW Men's Water Polo Sweeps Matches with Wagner, Fordham
Colonials start league play 2-0 with pair of wins on Saturday
WASHINGTON -- The No. 16 George Washington men's water polo team opened CWPA Mid Atlantic-East Division play in commanding fashion on Saturday, cruising to a 16-9 win over Wagner and an 18-6 victory over Fordham at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
The Colonials improved to 5-3 on the season while winning for the third game in a row and fourth time in the last five outings. Freshman Atakan Destici accounted for 14 of GW's 34 goals, including eight in the win over Wagner, while redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic and junior Pierce Deamer accounted for five apiece.
In the day's first match, GW seized control from the onset in claiming the 16-9 win over Wagner. The Colonials, behind five first-half goals from Destici, raced to a 10-0 halftime lead. Petkovic scored both of his goals in the first period, while goalkeepers Matt Taylor and Austin Pyrch preserved a clean sheet through the first two quarters.
Wagner opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run to cut the lead in half, but Destici got GW back in the scoring column with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and followed with his seventh goal of the game 90 seconds later to make it 12-6 heading to the fourth.
In the nightcap, GW fell behind 2-1 after the first quarter before goals from Petkovic, Destici and Kerwin in the second quarter gave the Colonials a lead they wouldn't surrender.
Ahead 7-4 at halftime, GW blitzed the Rams in the third quarter, 7-1, with two goals each from Destici, Deamer and Duke Becker, and one from Petkovic, to open up a 14-5 lead. Freshman Andrew Mavis then tallied both of his goals in the fourth quarter to help GW close out the 18-6 victory.
The Colonials return to the pool Sunday, when they play host to No. 13 Bucknell at 10 a.m.
#16 GW 16, Wagner 9
GW -- 5-5-2-4--16
Wagner -- 0-0-6-3--9
GW Goals: Destici 8, Petkovic 2, Swart 1, Mavis 1, Braun 1, Deamer 1, Kerwin 1, Blosser 1
GW Assists: Petkovic 3, Deamer 2, Braun 2, Destici 1, Montgomery 1, Else 1, Mavis 1
GW Steals: Destici 3, Mavis 3, Kerwin 3, Behun 1, Petkovic 1, Blosser 1
GW Field Blocks: Petkovic 2, Deamer 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Petkovic 3, Deamer 3, Kerwin 1, Destici 1, Else 1, Mavis 1
GW Saves: Taylor 10, Pyrch 8
#16 GW 18, Fordham 6
GW -- 1-6-7-4--18
FOR -- 2-2-1-1--6
GW Goals: Destici 6, Deamer 4, Petkovic 3, Becker 2, Mavis 2, Else 1
GW Assists: Destici 4, Petkovic 2, Deamer 1, Blosser 1, Becker 1, Else 1, Pyrch 1
GW Steals: Destici 6, Petkovic 4, Deamer 3, Else 3, Slaughter 2, Braun 2, Kerwin 1, Montgomery 1, Taylor 1
GW Field Blocks: Destici 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Destici 2, Deamer 1, Petkovic 1, Becker 1
GW Saves: Taylor 7, Pyrch 6
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