GW Men’s Water Polo Defeats Fordham, Wagner
Colonials sweep pair on road to improve to 4-1 in conference play
The No. 17 George Washington men’s water polo team swept a pair of matches against CWPA Mid-Atlantic Division foes on Sunday, defeating Fordham, 15-5, and Wagner, 17-10.
With the wins, the Colonials improved to 7-4 on the season and 4-1 in league play. Redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic scored a team-high nine goals and had seven assists on the day while freshman Atakan Destici had seven goals and five assists.
Against Fordham, the teams played to a 3-3 tie through the first quarter before GW broke it open with a 6-2 second quarter. Petkovic did the majority of the scoring, tallying four goals in the period including three unanswered in the first 2:03 to give the Colonials a lead they wouldn’t surrender. Destici and fellow freshman Andrew Mavis added goals to make it 9-5 at halftime.
In the second half GW shut down Fordham, holding the Rams scoreless to claim the runaway victory. The Colonials had 19 steals in the game, with Destici (5) and Jack Kerwin (4) leading the way. In the cage, goalkeepers Matt Taylor (8 saves) and Austin Pyrch (4) kept Fordham’s offensive attack at bay.
Petkovic again led GW in the afternoon match against Wagner, as another balanced attack led to a 17-10 victory. After eight Colonials accounted for a goal against Fordham, seven scored against Wagner, including Petkovic’s four, and Destici, Mavis and Zach Slaughter’s three apiece.
GW notched five goals in each of the first three quarters while limiting the Wagner attack. Petkovic opened the scoring with a goal at the 4:35 mark of the first quarter and the Colonials led throughout, extending a one-goal lead after the first quarter to a 10-6 advantage at halftime.
The Colonials then outscored Wagner 7-4 in the second half to close out the win. Petkovic had a team-high four assists in the game while Pierce Deamer had three, and in goal Taylor (6) and Pyrch (5) combined for 11 saves.
GW returns to action next weekend with a conference tilt at No. 10 Bucknell on Saturday, and non-conference matches with Princeton and La Salle on Sunday.
#17 GW 15, Fordham 5
GW -- 3-6-4-2--15
Fordham -- 3-2-0-0--5
GW Goals: Petkovic 5, Destici 4, Mavis 1, Montgomery 1, McKinnie Braun 1, Deamer 1, Kerwin 1, Slaughter 1
GW Assists: Destici 3, Petkovic 2, Becker 2, Taylor 2
GW Steals: Destici 5, Kerwin 4, Slaughter 2, Becker 2, Blosser 1, Petkovic 1, Gut 1, Braun 1, Montgomery 1, Mavis 1
GW Field Blocks: Mavis 1, Else 1, Montgomery 1, Destici 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 4, Mavis 4, Else 1, Petkovic 1, Rosenberg 1
GW Saves: Taylor 8, Pyrch 4
#17 GW 17, Wagner 10
GW -- 5-5-5-2--17
Wagner -- 4-2-2-2--10
GW Goals: Petkovic 4, Destici 3, Slaughter 3, Mavis 3, Deamer 2, Blosser 1, McKinnie Braun 1
GW Assists: Petkovic 4, Deamer 3, Destici 2, McKinnie Braun 2, Else 1, Slaughter 1, Blosser 1
GW Steals: Becker 3, Destici 2, Else 2, McKinnie Braun 2, Blosser 2, Petkovic 1, Slaughter 1
GW Field Blocks: Mavis 2, Destici 1, Becker 1, Petkovic 1, Deamer 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 4, Mavis 4, Else 2, Becker 1, Destici 1, McKinnie Braun 1, Slaughter 1, Blosser 1
GW Saves: Taylor 6, Pyrch 5
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