GW Men's Water Polo Edged by #17 Johns Hopkins, 11-8

Freshman Zach Slaughter's goal late in the third quarter tied the game at 7-7.


Sept. 25, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's water polo team held a one-goal lead early in the fourth quarter, but No. 17 Johns Hopkins tallied four unanswered goals to end the game and defeat the Colonials, 11-8, in the Southern Division opener for both teams on Friday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

Sophomore Pierce Deamer led the Colonials with five points on three goals and two assists and added four steals and two ejections drawn. Freshman James McLean also notched a hat trick to go with a pair of steals and a field block, and rookie Jack Kerwin recorded a team-high five steals plus two assists and two ejections drawn.

Making his second collegiate start in the cage, freshman goalkeeper Austin Pyrch made a career-high 13 saves and added four steals.

Playing a lineup consisting entirely of freshmen and sophomores, GW (2-7, 0-1 Southern) never trailed 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins (7-1, 1-0 Southern) by more than three goals throughout the contest.

McLean put GW on the scoreboard first 92 seconds into the game, and sophomore Noah McKinnie Braun gave GW a 2-1 lead midway through the opening quarter. The Blue Jays tallied consecutive goals to go up 3-2 with 2:50 to go, but Deamer found the equalizer at the 1:38 mark, and the score was knotted at 3-3 after one.

Hopkins scored three straight to start the second quarter, taking a 6-3 lead after 2:44, but McLean and Deamer went back-to-back to pull the Colonials within one, 6-5, at the break.

After the Blue Jays opened the third period with a goal at the 6:31 mark for a 7-5 lead, Deamer completed his fifth hat trick of the season to again make it a one-goal game. Freshman Zach Slaughter tied it up with 54 seconds left in the frame, and the score was even at 7-7 after three.

GW took its first lead since it was 2-1 when McLean opened the fourth-quarter scoring, finishing his hat trick while giving the Colonials an 8-7 advantage. That would be GW's final goal, however, as the Blue Jays scored the final four goals of the game to defeat the Colonials, 11-8.

Matt Fraser led Johns Hopkins with four goals in the game.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday morning, as they host Southern Division rival and 15th-ranked Bucknell at 11 a.m. at the Smith Center Pool.

#17 Johns Hopkins 11, GW 8
GW -- 3-2-2-1--8
JHU -- 3-3-1-4--11

GW Goals: Deamer 3, McLean 3, Braun 1, Slaughter 1
JHU Goals: Fraser 4, Froomer 2, Cico 2, Gillette 1, Range 1, Yee 1

GW Assists: Deamer 2, Kerwin 2, Montgomery 1
GW Steals: Kerwin 5, Deamer 4, Pyrch 4, Else 2, Braun 2, McLean 2, Slaughter 1
GW Field Blocks: Montgomery 2, McLean 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 2, Else 2, Kerwin 2, Slaughter 2, Yu 1
GW Saves: Pyrch 13



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