Men's Water Polo Caps Winning Weekend
Colonials down Wagner at home Saturday
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.
Great third quarter capped by this Brett Else goal. GW up on Wagner, 16-8, going to the fourth. pic.twitter.com/yy9YzMlhfw
— GW Water Polo (@GW_WaterPolo) September 30, 2017
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 Water Polo (@GW_WaterPolo) September 30, 2017
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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