GW Men's Water Polo Splits on Final Day in California

Freshman Zach Slaughter tallied three goals on the day.


Oct. 3, 2015

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- On the final day of its West Coast trip, the George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games at the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool, defeating La Verne, 10-8, before falling to the host Sagehens, 15-5.

In Saturday's opening game, La Verne took a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, then scored the first goal of the second period, but GW tallied three of the next four goals to tie the game at 4-4 at halftime.

The Colonials then used a 5-2 third quarter to take a 9-6 lead, with freshman Austin Pyrch's goal at the 6:16 mark of the frame putting GW on top for good. The Leopards outscored GW, 2-1, in the fourth quarter, but the Colonials held on for the 10-8 victory.

Sophomore Noah McKinnie Braun and freshmen Zach Slaughter and James McLean netted two goals apiece to lead GW offensively, while freshman Brett Else recorded four steals to pace the defense. Freshman goalie Matt Taylor had seven saves in the cage.

In the nightcap, Pomona-Pitzer scored the first three goals of the game before sophomore Duke Becker put the Colonials on the board with 1:19 left in the first quarter, and the Sagehens led, 3-1, after one. The hosts held a 4-2 advantage midway through the second, then rattled off four straight goals for a commanding 8-2 lead. Junior Alex Swart ended the Sagehens' run with 58 seconds remaining, but Pomona-Pitzer was up, 8-3, at the break.

The Sagehens blanked the Colonials, 2-0, in the third frame for a 10-3 advantage, then used a 4-2 fourth quarter to claim a 15-5 victory.

Sophomore Pierce Deamer scored twice and added a pair of steals and ejections drawn to pace GW, while senior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded eight saves and four steals in the cage.

The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host CWPA Southern Division rival Navy at 8 p.m. for Senior Night at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.

GW 10, La Verne 8
GW -- 1-3-5-1--10
ULV -- 2-2-2-2--8

GW Goals: Braun 2, Slaughter 2, McLean 2, Gut 1, Pyrch 1, Dowd 1, Else 1
GW Assists: Dowd 1, Deamer 1
GW Steals: Else 4, Taylor 3, Becker 2, Pyrch 2, McLean 2, Slaughter 1, Montgomery 1, Gut 1, Dowd 1
GW Field Blocks: Gut 2, Becker 1, Braun 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 2, Montgomery 2, Gut 1, Slaughter 1, McLean 1, Becker 1
GW Saves: Taylor 7

Pomona-Pitzer 15, GW 5
GW -- 1-2-0-2--5
PP -- 3-5-2-5--15

GW Goals: Deamer 2, Becker 1, Swart 1, Slaughter 1
GW Steals: Dillon 4, Deamer 2, Becker 2, Braun 1, Pyrch 1, Dowd 1
GW Field Blocks: Gut 1, McLean 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 2, Else 2, Becker 1, Montgomery 1, Swart 1, Dowd 1
GW Saves: Dillon 8



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