GW Men's Water Polo Can't Rally Past No. 18 Bucknell in 10-8 Loss
Sept. 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team played much of the contest without its top two scorers and lost to No. 18 Bucknell, 10-8, in CWPA Southern Division action at Charles E. Smith Center Pool Sunday afternoon.
GW (6-8, 1-2 CWPA Southern Division) played without injured starter Nate Little, while sophomore Daniel Tyner - who lit Johns Hopkins up for nine goals in Saturday night's 14-13 victory - was rolled with 20 seconds left in the first quarter. Junior Guy Helman and sophomore Paul Deasey tried to shoulder the scoring burden with two goals apiece, but the Colonials were hampered by the absence of their two leading scorers and 8-of-24 shooting.
Despite trailing much of the contest, GW stayed close through a back-and-forth first half and was only down 5-4 after Helman's second goal of the game with 2:28 left before halftime.
Alex Nowlin converted on the man-advantage to give the Bison a 6-4 lead at intermission and the visitors did their damage in the third quarter with a 4-2 run for their largest lead at 10-6 after 24 minutes.
Deasey netted a man-up goal of his own 97 seconds into the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to 10-7. The Colonials' defense held strong and didn't allow a goal in the final stanza, but the offense struggled through a hit crossbar, a BU field block on an open net and a holding the ball underwater call. GW could get no closer than 10-8 on freshman Nick Scherma's goal with 1:23 left as Bucknell managed to withstand a late rally.
Freshman Brian Mojica paced the Colonials with four steals and added a goal, field block and ejection drawn. Deasey chipped in two steals and three ejections drawn along with his two goals, while freshman Ridvan Pehlivan chipped in a goal and three ejections drawn. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes finished with nine saves.
Bucknell (7-2, 2-1 CWPA Southern Division) was led by Jack Else's hat trick and 16 saves - including 12 in the second half - from goalkeeper Matt Napleton.
GW next makes its annual trip to the West Coast to compete in the Claremont Convergence Oct. 7 and 8. The Colonials open the event Friday, Oct. 7 against California Baptist in La Verna, Calif., and Whittier in Claremont , Calif.
#18 Bucknell 10, GW 8
GW goals: Deasey 2, Helman 2, Scherma, Pehlivan, Bezerra, Mojica
BU goals: Else 3, Nowlin 2, Colina 2, Barron 2, Schwartz