GW Men's Water Polo Drops Two at Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament

Austin Pyrch recorded 11 saves against Chapman.


Oct. 2, 2015

Tournament Central

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The George Washington men's water polo team dropped a pair of games on Friday on the opening day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament at Axelrood Pool on the Campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The Colonials fell to Chapman, 14-9, before dropping a 12-11 heartbreaker to Cal Lutheran.

Senior Jonah Dowd paced the Colonials with six goals on the day, notching a hat trick in each contest to give him 10 goals over three games on GW's West Coast swing.

Sophomore Noah McKinnie Braun gave GW an early 1-0 lead in the first game of the day, but Chapman scored five of the next six goals to take a 5-2 lead after one quarter. The Panthers extended their run to 9-1 with a 4-0 second period to take a commanding 9-2 lead at the break.

The Colonials rebounded with four straight goals to start the third frame, including two by Braun, to pull within three at 9-6 with 2:53 to go before Chapman ended its drought with 47 seconds on the clock to make it 10-6 after three quarters. The Panthers then scored the first three goals of the fourth to go up, 13-6, before back-to-back goals by Dowd made it 13-8. The teams traded the final two goals of the game as Chapman took the 14-9 win.

Braun posted his first career hat trick, while Dowd notched also scored three goals and added a season-high five steals. Sophomore Pierce Deamer totaled three points on two goals and an assist, and freshman Jack Kerwin tallied four steals, three ejections drawn and a field block. In the cage, freshman Austin Pyrch recorded 11 saves.

In the nightcap, GW and Cal Lutheran were tied, 1-1, after one quarter before a 4-1 second period gave the Colonials a 5-2 lead at the break.

GW extended its lead to 6-2 as Deamer tallied the first goal of the third stanza, but the Kingsmen began to mount their comeback with four of the next five goals to make it a one-goal game, 7-6, midway through the frame. The Colonials tallied two of the next three scores to maintain a two-goal lead, 9-7, after three.

Sophomore Duke Becker made it 10-7 with the first goal of the fourth quarter, but the Kingsmen rattled off four in a row to take their first lead of the game, 11-10, with 3:38 left. Deamer tied it up at the 2:04 mark, but CLU's Zack Card's third goal of the quarter and fourth of the game with 1:45 remaining proved to be the game-winner as the Kingsmen took the 12-11 victory.

In addition to Dowd's hat trick, Deamer recorded another three points on two goals and an assist, and sophomore Quentin Montgomery scored twice. Freshman Brett Else had three steals and three ejections drawn to go with his goal, and Braun matched his career high with three steals while adding a goal, a field block and an ejection drawn. Senior goalkeeper Connor Dillon made seven saves in the cage.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they conclude their West Coast trip against La Verne and Pomona-Pitzer at the Sagehens' Haldeman Pool.

Chapman 14, GW 9
GW -- 2-0-4-3--9
CU -- 5-4-1-4--14

GW Goals: Braun 3, Dowd 3, Deamer 2, Becker 1
GW Assists: Deamer 1, Behun 1
GW Steals: Dowd 5, Kerwin 4, McLean 2, Pyrch 1, Else 1, Becker 1, Behun 1
GW Field Blocks: Kerwin 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Kerwin 3, Slaughter 2, McLean 1, Dowd 1, Deamer 1
GW Saves: Pyrch 11

Cal Lutheran 12, GW 11
GW -- 2-3-4-2--11
CLU -- 1-1-5-5--12

GW Goals: Dowd 3, Deamer 2, Montgomery 2, Else 1, Becker 1, Braun 1, Pyrch 1
GW Assists: Deamer 1, Dillon 1
GW Steals: Else 3, Braun 3, Dowd 1, Becker 1, Behun 1, Pyrch 1, Kerwin 1
GW Field Blocks: Dowd 1, Braun 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Else 3, Dowd 1, Deamer 1, Braun 1
GW Saves: Dillon 7



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