GW Men's Water Polo Finishes Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament at 3-1
Oct. 7, 2012
CLAREMONT, Calif. - The George Washington men's water polo team split its games on the final day of the Gary Troyer Memorial Tournament to finish with a 3-1 record on the weekend. The Colonials fell to Division III No. 4 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 13-10, in the first game of the day, then edged Division III No. 5 Chapman, 15-14, in overtime.
The Colonials (9-9) and Stags were tied, 4-4, after one quarter, but CMS used a 3-1 second period to take a 7-5 lead at halftime. After the Stags took a three-goal lead, 11-8, at the end of the third quarter, GW pulled within one in the fourth before CMS tallied the final two goals of the period to hold on for the 13-10 win.
Eight of the Stags' 13 goals came on the extra-man advantage, and three Colonials fouled out of the physical contest.
Junior Nate Little led GW with four goals, while sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan notched a hat trick and junior Paul Deasey tallied five points on a goal and four assists. In addition, freshman Bogdan Petkovic recorded six steals in the game, while senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes made nine saves.
In the final game of the tournament, GW led Chapman, 5-2, after the first quarter and 7-5 at halftime, but the Panthers outscored the Colonials, 5-2, in the third period to take a 10-9 lead. GW battled back to tie the game at 12-12 at the end of regulation.
The Colonials held a 14-13 advantage at the end of the first three-minute overtime period, and junior Daniel Tyner sealed the victory with a five-meter penalty shot in the second extra session. Chapman responded with a quick goal, but GW was able to run out the clock for the 15-14 win.
"It was a great effort; a good, tough win," said head coach Scott Reed. "It was a great way to finish the weekend. I'm really proud of these guys with how well they did on defense and how well they kept their composure."
Pehlivan led GW with five goals, while Little tallied three and Illes made 11 saves in the cage.
It was the Colonials' first overtime win since defeating this same Chapman team, 16-15, in sudden death at the 2011 Claremont Convergence.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, when they host Southern Division rival Navy at 8:15 p.m. at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 13, GW 10
GW Goals: Little 4, Pehlivan 3, Deasey 1, Purkovic 1, Mojica 1
GW 15, Chapman 14 (OT)
GW Goals: Pehlivan 5, Little 3, Tyner 2, Deasey 2, Purkovic 2, Helman 1