GW Men's Water Polo Drops Overtime Heartbreaker to #15 Bucknell
Colonials Fall to Bison, 14-12
Sept. 26, 2015
WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's water polo team scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime, but No. 15 Bucknell scored three unanswered in the first extra session and held on for a 14-12 victory in CWPA Southern Division action on Saturday morning at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Freshman James McLean notched his second hat trick in as many games this weekend and his fifth of the season while adding three ejections drawn, and sophomore Pierce Deamer tallied four points on two goals and two assists to go with two steals and three drawn ejections. Sophomore Quentin Montgomery also scored twice, and sophomore Joe Behun recorded a career-high five steals.
Freshman goalkeeper Matt Taylor recorded 14 saves in cage, including a big penalty block midway through the fourth quarter that ignited GW's comeback, and he added three steals.
Bucknell (7-2, 1-0 Southern) opened the game with back-to-back goals, but GW (2-8, 0-2 Southern) responded with four in a row and five of the next six to take a 5-3 lead with 38 seconds left in the first quarter. Five different Colonials scored during the spurt, with freshman Austin Pyrch tallying his first career goal. The Bison, however, scored twice in the final 28 seconds to tie the game at 5-5 after one.
McLean found the back of the cage 52 seconds into the second quarter, but Bucknell tallied three in a row to take an 8-6 halftime lead.
Deamer scored twice for the Colonials in the third quarter as GW pulled to within one, 9-8. The Bison tallied two of the first three goals of the fourth period to go back up by two, 11-9, with 2:45 remaining, but sophomore Ryan Michalko's behind-the-back goal made it 11-10 with 1:47 left, and freshman Jack Kerwin scored the equalizer with 49 seconds left, sending the game to overtime tied at 11-11.
Bucknell scored the only three goals of the first extra session to take a three-goal lead at 14-11 -- the largest margin of the game for either team. McLean completed his hat trick 62 seconds into the second overtime, but the Colonials would not score again, falling to the Bison, 14-12.
Jeff Hagen led Bucknell with five goals while Sean Daley notched a hat trick.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday when they conclude their homestand against Southern Division rival and 11th-ranked Princeton at 12 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
#15 Bucknell 14, GW 12, OT
GW -- 5-1-2-3-0-1--12
BU -- 5-3-1-2-3-0--14
GW Goals: McLean 3, Deamer 2, Montgomery 2, Michalko 1, Behun 1, Pyrch 1, Kerwin 1, Else 1
BU Goals: Hagen 5, Daley 3, Djordjevic 2, Hunter 2, Bolanca 1, Babic 1
GW Assists: Deamer 2, Else 1, Braun 1, Yu 1, Slaughter 1
GW Steals: Behun 5, Taylor 3, Kerwin 2, Slaughter 2, Deamer 2, Else 2, Braun 2
GW Field Blocks: Slaughter 2, Deamer 1, Michalko 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 3, Else 3, McLean 3, Montgomery 1, Braun 1, Behun 1, Kerwin 1
GW Saves: Taylor 14
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