GW Men's Water Polo Wins Two Thrillers at Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament
Senior Goalkeeper Cameron Illes Breaks Program Record for Career Saves
Oct. 6, 2012
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The George Washington men's water polo team earned a pair of big wins over nationally ranked opponents on the first day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament, hosted by Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and La Verne. The Colonials first defeated Division III No. 8 Whittier, 8-7, then knocked off CWPA Varsity No. 19 California Baptist, 12-11.
Needing just 21 saves to break the program's all-time record entering Friday's action, senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded 31 in the two games for 961 in his career to set the mark previously held by Chris Whittam.
In the first game of the day, junior Daniel Tyner netted the game-winner with 1:04 remaining after Whittier led most of the game. The Poets held a 3-2 lead after one quarter, scoring the go-ahead goal at the buzzer. Whittier led, 4-3, at halftime, and 6-5 after the third period.
With 1:04 to go, Tyner put the Colonials on top. The Poets had two timeouts in the final minute, but GW was able to make the stop each time to seal the 8-7 win.
Tyner led the Colonials with six points on five goals and an assist and also added three steals. Sophomore Brian Mojica tallied a goal and three assists for four points in the game. Six of the Colonials' eight goals came on man-up opportunities, as GW was 6-for-10 on power plays.
Illes matched a program record with 19 saves in the game. "He had a fantastic game," said head coach Scott Reed. "It was unbelievable."
In the nightcap, GW and Cal Baptist were tied, 2-2, before junior Paul Deasey put the Colonials on top for good with two minutes to play in the first quarter. The Colonials led, 7-5, at halftime, but did not lead by more than two goals until junior Nate Little and freshman Bogdan Petkovic scored two in a row to put GW up, 12-8, with 2:48 remaining. The Lancers scored three-in-a-row to end the game, but were not able to complete the comeback as the Colonials held on for the 12-11 win.
"It was a pretty awesome defensive effort on our part," said Coach Reed. "I'm really proud of these guys, they really stepped up against a nationally ranked opponent."
Tyner again led GW with five goals, while Petkovic notched a hat trick and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan recorded two goals and three ejections drawn. Illes made 12 saves in the game. Three of GW's goals came on five-meter penalty shots.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Chapman on the final day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament.
GW 8, Whittier 7
GW Goals: Tyner 5, Little 1, Purkovic 1, Mojica 1
GW 12, No. 19 California Baptist 11
GW Goals: Tyner 5, Petkovic 3, Pehlivan 2, Little 1, Deasey 1