Illes Ties Program Mark in Water Polo's 11-6 Loss to No. 19 Navy
Oct. 6, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington men's water polo sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Illes tied a program record with 19 saves, but three late Navy goals halted the Colonials' comeback momentum in an 11-6 loss to the Midshipmen at Smith Center Pool Wednesday evening.
However, No. 19 Navy (16-5, 3-1) dominated possession late, failing on consecutive man-up chances before Darren McKay cashed in on an extra-man with 2:44 left to make it 9-6. Jordan Carter and McKay tacked on counterattack goals at the 2:19 and 2:03 marks to thwart any chance at a GW comeback.
The 19 saves equals a mark shared by Illes, Chris Whittam and Stephen Nadherny. Illes posted 19 stops against MIT last Sept. 20, while Whittam turned away 19 against Pacific in 2006 and Nadherny versus Cornell in 1992.
Little opened the scoring 1:25 into the contest, but Navy ripped off four unanswered goals to grab a 4-1 edge with 5:41 left in the first half. Rookie Daniel Tyner and senior Peter Thomas converted back-to-back man-ups to pull within a goal.
The Mids got two quick goals to end the half and netted the first two of the third quarter to grab their largest lead at 8-5. Helman tallied the Colonials third man-advantage goal of the game at the 2:28 mark to get the hosts within 8-4 entering the final period.
GW will make its annual trek to California for the Claremont Convergence this Friday and Saturday. The Colonials open with nationally ranked No. 15 California Baptist and Chapman on Friday, then battle La Verne and Redlands on Saturday.
#19 Navy 11, GW 6
GW goals: Little 2, Tyner, Thomas, Helman, Deasey
USNA goals: Carter 4, Wertz 3, McKay 3, Handley