No. 19 GW Men's Water Polo Holds Off No. 20 Johns Hopkins, 13-11
Petkovic Leads Colonials With Five Goals
Sept. 28, 2013
WASHINGTON - Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic scored five goals to lead the 19th-ranked George Washington men's water polo team to a 13-11 victory over No. 20 Johns Hopkins in CWPA Southern Division action on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW, which earlier in the week broke into the national rankings for the first time since 2008, continued its hot start to the season by improving to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in Southern Division play - its best start in Head Coach Scott Reed's 15-year tenure. GW never trailed in the game as junior Ridvan Pehlivan scored the first goal just 32 seconds into the match and the Colonials led, 4-3, after the first quarter. A low-scoring second period saw GW take a 6-4 lead at halftime.
Hopkins scored the first two goals of the third quarter to tie it up at 6-6 at the 3:46 mark, but GW regained the lead for good on Petkovic's third goal of the game just 19 seconds later. Junior Adam Wrobel and sophomore Jonah Dowd followed with markers of their own to give the Colonials a 9-6 advantage after three.
Petkovic made it four straight GW goals with his fourth early in the fourth quarter as the Colonials took a game-high 10-6 lead. The Blue Jays rallied back with two in a row, but GW regained a three-goal advantage on Little's second goal of the game with 4:02 left. Hopkins scored three of the next four goals to pull within one, 12-11, before Petkovic sealed the win for GW with 1:17 remaining.
Petkovic finished with a game-high seven points on a career-best five goals and two assists along with two steals and three blocks, while Tyner tallied five points on a goal and four assists. Little recorded two goals and a career-high five steals and Streeter had three steals and three blocks. Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon made eight stops.
The Colonials return to action on Thursday when they begin their annual West Coast trip at California Baptist.
No. 19 GW 13, No. 20 Johns Hopkins 11
GW - 4-2-3-4 - 13
JHU - 3-1-2-5 - 11
GW Goals: Petkovic 5, Little 2, Mojica 2, Pehlivan 1, Tyner 1, Wrobel 1, Dowd 1
JHU Goals: Fraser 3, Beal 2, De Lyon 2, Range 2, Hopkins 1, Kingery 1
GW Assists: Tyner 4, Petkovic 2, Wrobel 1, Dillon 1, Mojica 1, Pehlivan 1
GW Steals: Little 5, Streeter 3, Petkovic 2, Wrobel 2, Mojica 1, Pehlivan 1, Tyner 1
GW Blocks: Streeter 3, Petkovic 3, Tyner 1
GW Saves: Dillon 8
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