GW Men's Water Polo Rallies but Falls at Cal Baptist, 15-13

Senior Rafi Castillo notched his first career hat trick at Cal Baptist.


Oct. 2, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The George Washington men's water polo team erased a four-goal deficit to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter, but host California Baptist scored the final two goals of the game to defeat the Colonials, 15-13, on Thursday evening at the Lancer Aquatics Center.

Cal Baptist scored four of the game's first five goals and led, 4-2, at the end of the first, then extended its lead to 7-3 at the 5:51 mark of the second before back-to-back goals by freshman Quentin Montgomery and senior Rafi Castillo pulled GW (6-6) back within two. The Lancers reopened a four-goal advantage with two straight goals, but the Colonials again responded with two of their own in the final 1:03 as Castillo and senior Adam Wrobel made it 9-7 at halftime.

Senior Brian Mojica made it a one-goal game early in the third before two in a row by Cal Baptist gave the hosts an 11-8 lead, but Mojica scored again with 52 seconds left in the quarter and junior Bogdan Petkovic followed suit with 11 seconds to go to pull within one, 11-10, at the end of three.

After the Lancers tallied the first goal of the fourth period, senior Ridvan Pehlivan and freshman Pierce Deamer scored consecutive markers to tie the game at 12-12 with 5:44 left. CBU responded 14 seconds later, but junior Jonah Dowd again pulled the Colonials even with 5:08 remaining. The Lancers, however, scored the game-winner at the 2:26 mark and added an insurance tally with 32 seconds left for the 15-13 win.

Castillo and Deamer scored three goals apiece to pace the Colonials, while Petkovic tallied five points on a goal and four assists and added five steals and four ejections drawn. Sophomore goalkeeper Sander Profaci matched his career high with 12 saves.

The Colonials return to action on Friday when they take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 3:40 p.m. ET and No. 16 Whittier at 7:40 p.m. ET on the first day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament hosted by CMS and Pomona-Pitzer.

Cal Baptist 15, GW 13
GW - 2-5-3-3--13
CBU - 4-5-2-4--15

GW Goals: Deamer 3, Castillo 3, Mojica 2, Wrobel 1, Pehlivan 1, Montgomery 1, Petkovic 1, Dowd 1
GW Saves: Profaci 12

CBU Goals: Wetherbee 4, Teraoka 3, Jizmejian 2, Ring 2, Carnohan 1, Gunya 1, Walling 1



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