GW Men's Water Polo Takes Two at Gary Troyer Invite

Freshman Duke Becker notched his first career hat trick against Caltech.


Oct. 4, 2014

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The George Washington men's water polo team wrapped up its West Coast trip with a pair of wins on the final day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool. The Colonials routed Caltech, 17-4, then downed Occidental, 10-7.

GW (8-8) jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Caltech as four different Colonials found the back of the cage over the first 4:17 of action. GW led, 6-3, at the end of the first quarter, then blanked the Beavers, 4-0, in the second for a 10-3 halftime advantage.

The Colonials scored the only two goals of the third quarter to go up 12-3 and extended their run to 11 in a row over a span of 22:42 with the first five goals of the fourth period, including three in a row by freshman Duke Becker and two straight by sophomore Alec Sedlachek for a 17-3 lead with 1:18 left. Caltech tallied the final goal of the game at the 1:01 mark to account for the 17-4 final score.

Sedlachek paced the Colonials with four goals, while Becker notched his first career hat trick and freshman Noah McKinnie Braun tallied a career-high six points on two goals and four assists. Senior Rafi Castillo also recorded a career-high six points on a goal and five helpers.

Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon made six saves in the first half, while sophomore Sander Profaci stopped six shots in the second.

The 17 goals were the most the Colonials have scored since a 20-5 win over Salem International on Sept. 13, and Caltech's four goals were the fewest GW has allowed since holding Penn State Behrend to two on Sept. 14.

"Defensively we kept them in check pretty much the whole game and we were able to work some good offensive series in there," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "We were able to get a lot of players a lot of playing time."

In the second game of the day, Occidental scored the first goal of the contest, but GW responded with three in a row, including two by senior Ridvan Pehlivan and one by Becker for a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. The Tigers tied it up with the first two goals of the second, but Pehlivan put the Colonials back on top for good at the 4:29 mark. Juniors Jonah Dowd and Bogdan Petkovic followed with goals of their own to give GW a 6-3 halftime advantage.

Each team scored twice in the third and fourth quarters, as the Colonials led, 8-5, after three before taking the 10-7 victory.

Pehlivan led GW with three goals and four ejections drawn, while Petkovic tallied two goals and five steals. Dillon made four saves in the first half in the cage before giving way to Profaci, who stopped seven shots in the second half.

"It was a great game both on the defensive end of things and on offense," said Coach Reed. "We were able to spread out the offense a little bit so a lot of people were able to contribute and score. Defensively we were very consistent throughout and were able to keep Occidental in check pretty much the whole time. It was just a great team effort."

The Colonials return to action on Saturday, Oct. 11, when they host CWPA Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

GW 17, Caltech 4
GW - 6-4-2-5--17
CIT - 3-0-0-1--4

GW Goals: Seldachek 4, Becker 3, Behun 2, Swart 2, Braun 2, Gut 2, Michalko 1, Castillo 1
GW Saves: Dillon 6 (16:00), Profaci 6 (16:00)

GW 10, Occidental 7
GW - 3-3-2-2--10
Oxy - 1-2-2-2--7

GW Goals: Pehlivan 3, Petkovic 2, Becker 1, Deamer 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1, Wrobel 1
GW Saves: Dillon 4 (16:00), Profaci 7 (16:00)



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