Men's Water Polo Caps Winning Weekend

Atakan Destici scored six goals in Saturday's win over Wagner.
Sept. 30, 2017

WASHINGTON - Behind a season-high six goals from Atakan Destici, George Washington men's water polo pulled away for a 19-12 win over Wagner on Saturday afternoon at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

It was second convincing Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference victory in as many days for the Colonials (9-6, 3-2 MAWPC).

GW trailed, 7-6, early in the second quarter before scoring 10 of the next 11 goals. Destici had three goals and Andrew Mavis and Jordan Blosser each scored twice for the Colonials (9-6, 3-2 MAWPC) in the run that sunk Wagner (7-5, 1-1).

Mavis started the burst with the game-tying goal before Blosser netted two in quick succession to put the Colonials (9-6, 3-2 MAWPC) ahead for good. Brett Else's score with 57 second left in the third quarter extended the lead to 16-8.

Destici paced eight GW scorers and also made an impact defensively with four steals and a field block. Mavis posted four goals, two assists and three steals, while Pierce Deamer chipped in three goals.

WEEKEND SPOTLIGHT: Destici flashed All-American form in helping GW secure a 2-0 MAWPC weekend. The sophomore from Turkey was more of a facilitator in Friday's win at Johns Hopkins when he racked up two goals and five assists. He found more room to operate against Wagner en route to his season-best goal total.

Destici also piled up a combined nine steals in the two games. He now has a team-best 65 points through 15 contests via 28 goals and 37 assists.

UP NEXT: GW finishes its home-and-home series with Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., next Saturday at 5 p.m. The defending MAWPC champion Bison won the first meeting of the season last weekend at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

WATCH THIS: Head Coach Barry King, Mavis and Blosser discuss the winning weekend.

GW 19, Wagner 12
GW -- 4-6-6-3--19
Wagner -- 4-3-1-4--12

GW Goals: Destici 6, Mavis 4, Deamer 3, Blosser 2, Else 1, Becker 1, Slaughter 1, Sismanoglu 1.
GW Assists: Levai 4, Mavis 2, Deamer 2, Else 1, Destici 1, Becker 1, Slaughter 1, Sismanoglu 1.
GW Steals: Destici 4, Mavis 3, Deamer 3, Else 2, Kerwin 2, Levai 2, Blosser 1, Becker 1.
GW Field Blocks: Mavis 1, Becker 1, Levai 1, Braun 1, Sismanoglu 1, Deamer 1, Blosser 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Destici 4, Blosser 3, Mavis 2, Deamer 2, Kerwin 1, Becker 1.
GW Saves: Pyrch 14.



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