No. 17 GW Men's Water Polo Drops Two at Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament
Colonials Fall to Division III Top-Five Opponents Whittier, Cal Lutheran
Oct. 5, 2013
WHITTIER, Calif. - The 17th-ranked George Washington men's water polo team dropped a pair of matches to top-ranked teams in Division III on Friday afternoon on the first day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament at Slade Aquatics Center. The Colonials fell to host Whittier, 11-9, and to California Lutheran, 18-13.
Again playing without injured starter Brian Mojica, GW (9-5) limited Whittier to just one goal in the second half, outscoring the hosts, 5-1, over the final 16 minutes, but it was not enough to erase a six-goal halftime deficit.
Whittier, which is tied with Cal Lutheran for fifth in the CWPA Division III rankings, scored the first five goals of the game before sophomore Bogdan Petkovic put GW on the board for the first time with 1:02 to go in the first quarter. A goal by senior Daniel Tyner with 31 seconds left in the period made it 5-2 after one, but the Poets would double their lead in the second quarter and go into the break with a 10-4 advantage.
The Colonials' defense stepped up in the second half, however, and GW began to chip away, scoring the first three goals of the third quarter before Whittier found the back of the cage with its lone tally of the entire half at the 2:07 mark. The Poets led, 11-7, after three, and GW junior Ridvan Pehlivan and sophomore Jonah Dowd scored the only two goals of the fourth quarter to pull within two, 11-9, but the Colonials could not complete the comeback.
Tyner and Petkovic each notched hat tricks to lead the Colonials offensively, while sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded a career-high 11 saves against the Poets.
GW, which was down three starters in the second game after injuries to Pehlivan and senior Nate Little in addition to Mojica, scored the first goal of the contest against Cal Lutheran and led, 3-2, with 2:58 to go in the first quarter before the Kingsmen rattled off the final three goals of the period to take a 5-3 advantage. The Colonials rallied back to tie the game at 7-7 with 2:44 left in the second, but Cal Lutheran again tallied the final three goals to take a 10-7 halftime lead.
The Kingsmen pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring the Colonials, 3-1, to go up 13-8, and despite a five-goal fourth quarter, GW was unable to get any closer, falling to Cal Lutheran by a final score of 18-13.
Dowd scored a career-high five goals to lead the Colonials, while senior Paul Deasey posted his second hat trick of the season and Dillon matched his previous game's total and career best with 11 saves.
The Colonials conclude their Southern California trip with two more games at the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Saturday. GW will face Fresno Pacific at 12 p.m. ET and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 4 p.m. ET. Both matches will be played at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool in Claremont, Calif.
Whittier 11, GW 9
GW Goals: Tyner 3, Petkovic 3, Dowd 2, Pehlivan 1
Cal Lutheran 18, GW 13
GW Goals: Dowd 5, Deasey 3, Petkovic 2, Tyner 1, Streeter 1, Wrobel 1