Man-Up Goals Lift Water Polo Over Bucknell, 10-7
Sept. 25, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington men's water polo team converted eight of its 11 man-up opportunities and kept Bucknell scoreless in a critical fourth quarter to open CWPA Southern Division play with a 10-7 victory at Charles E. Smith Center Pool Saturday evening.
The victory improves GW to 5-8 overall on the season and snaps its 14-game skid in conference play. The Colonials will go for a 2-0 start to Southern Division play when they host the 17th-ranked Princeton Tigers Sunday at 12:00 pm.
The win is GW's first over Bucknell and in Southern Division action since an 11-9 triumph against the Bison at Smith Center Pool in Sept. 2008. It also avenges GW's 21-3 loss to then No. 20 Bucknell at the ECAC Championship just seven days ago.
A trio of freshmen led the offense, as rookies Daniel Tyner, Nate Little and Paul Deasey accounted for all 10 goals. Tyner finished with a season-best eight points on four goals and four assists, while Little (4g, 1a) and Deasey (2g, 3a) each contributed five points. Deasey also led GW with three steals and Tyner paced the team with three ejections drawn.
On defense, sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Illes stopped 13 shots, including seven in the pivotal fourth quarter, to lead the Colonials.
Little opened the power-play barrage with a man-up strike just 1:06 into the contest, but Bucknell got even-strength goals from Paul Reamey and Brian Barron and a five-meter penalty from Reamey to lead 3-1 after a period of play.
GW responded to four consecutive man-up goals in a span of 3:15 in the second quarter to take a 5-3 cushion. After consecutive BU goals made it 5-5, Little added his fourth man-up goal of the game with 18 seconds left in the half for a 6-5 lead. However, Mike Kimble scooped in a rebound with seven seconds before the half to make it 6-6 at the break.
The Bison struck first in the second half with Alex Nowlin giving the visitors a 7-6 lead at the 3:41 mark, but Tyner linked up with Little on the man-advantage with 1:33 to go in the quarter to draw even again at 7-7.
GW took the lead for good with 7:07 remaining on Deasey's long-range goal, the Colonials' first even-strength goal of the game. Deasey then assisted Tyner's fourth goal with 3:19 to play to make it 9-7, then added an insurance tally on the man-advantage with 1:45 left for the 10-7 final margin.
GW 10, Bucknell 7
GW goals: Little 4, Tyner 4, Deasey 2
BU goals: Reamey 2, Barron, Colina, Kalter, Kimble, Nowlin