GW Men's Water Polo Splits on Final Day of Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament

Ridvan Pehlivan scored a career-high seven goals against Fresno Pacific.

Oct. 5, 2013

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on the final day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer's Haldeman Pool. The Colonials defeated Fresno Pacific, 14-12, before falling to Division III No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 13-2, to conclude their Southern California trip.

Fresno Pacific led, 3-1, halfway through the first quarter before three straight GW goals to end the period gave the Colonials a 4-3 lead after one. The Sunbirds tied it early in the second, but back-to-back goals by junior Ridvan Pehlivan in the final minute of the quarter gave GW an 8-6 halftime lead.

Fresno Pacific (6-9) rallied back with two goals in the first minute of the third period to tie the game at 8-8, but Pehlivan gave GW (10-6) the lead for good with 5:54 left in the quarter, and consecutive goals by Pehlivan and sophomore Jonah Dowd in the final minute of the period put the Colonials up 13-10 after three. Pehlivan's seventh goal of the game early in the fourth quarter gave GW a four-goal lead before the Sunbirds tallied the final two markers for the 14-12 final score.

Pehlivan's seven goals were a career high, while senior Daniel Tyner also notched a hat trick and sophomore goalie Connor Dillon recorded seven saves.

In the second game of the day, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (6-8) scored the first three goals and never looked back, holding GW scoreless for more than 24 minutes to end the game. The Colonials, who were again without injured starters Nate Little and Brian Mojica, scored both of their goals in the first quarter and trailed just 4-2 after one, but the Stags scored three in the second to take a 7-2 lead at halftime, then added six more in the second half for the 13-2 final.



Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic and senior Adam Streeter accounted for GW's two goals, as the Colonials made just 2-of-29 shots in the game. Dillon made 10 saves in three quarters of action, while freshman Sander Profaci stopped one shot in the final period.

The Colonials return to action next Saturday when they visit Southern Division rival Bucknell in a rematch of the Sept. 21 contest at the Smith Center in which GW defeated the Bison, 15-14.

GW 14, Fresno Pacific 12
GW - 4-4-5-1--14
FPU - 3-3-4-2--12

GW Goals: Pehlivan 7, Tyner 3, Dowd 2, Streeter 1, Petkovic 1
GW Saves: Dillon 7

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 13, GW 2
GW - 2-0-0-0--2
CMS - 4-3-2-4--13

GW Goals: Petkovic 1, Streeter 1
GW Saves: Dillon 10, Profaci 1

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