GW Men's Water Polo Splits Pair of Sudden Death Contests at Claremont Convergence
Colonials Edge Chapman 16-15; Fall to Whittier 9-8
Oct. 8, 2011
CLAREMONT, Calif. - Sophomore Paul Deasey netted the game-winning goal with nine seconds left in sudden death overtime to lift the George Washington men's water polo team over Chapman, 16-15, at the Claremont Convergence Saturday. The Colonials finished the event later in the day with a 9-8 double sudden-death overtime loss to Whittier.
GW moves to 7-11 overall with the Saturday split and a 1-3 weekend mark in southern California. The Colonials return to action Wednesday with a CWPA Southern Division contest against nationally ranked No. 15 Navy at Charles E. Smith Center Pool at 8:15 p.m.
In Saturday's opener, GW stormed out to leads of 6-0 and 8-1 in the second quarter only to see Chapman (9-9) rally to tie the contest at 12-12 with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. The Colonials clung to a one-goal lead at the midpoint of overtime and a 15-14 advantage with 15 seconds left. However, an ill-timed turnover led to a Panthers' equalizer with five seconds left to force the sudden-death session.
Each team failed to score on their first opportunities of sudden death, but GW took possession with 30 seconds to play and Deasey deposited the game-winner with nine ticks left to secure the victory.
Sophomore Daniel Tyner totaled nine points on four goals and five assists, followed by classmate Nate Little's four goals. Rookie Ridvan Pehlivan added a hat trick, Deasey finished with two goals, and junior Guy Helman and freshmen Brian Mojica and Rafi Castillo netted a goal apiece. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes posted his third straight double-digit save effort with 12 stops.
The event finale against Whittier (7-9) was much closer than the opener as neither team led by more than a goal the entire contest. GW led 1-0 after a quarter, but Whittier drew even at 3-3 by halftime. The Colonials again led by a goal after three quarters only to wind up knotted at 7-7 at the end of regulation. In overtime, the teams traded goals with GW forcing sudden death on a tally with 53 seconds to play in the extra stanza.
The Colonials escaped defeat in the first sudden-death period as the Poets failed to convert a five-meter penalty, but surrendered the game-winning goal with 92 seconds left in the second session to finish the Convergence with a loss.
Little led the way with four goals and Mojica added a goal and two assists to pace the attack. Defensively, Illes turned away five shots in goal and Mojica chipped in three steals and two field blocks.
GW 16, Chapman 15 (SD)
GW goals: Tyner 4, Little 4, Pehlivan 3, Deasey 2, Mojica, Castillo, Helman
Whittier 9, GW 8 (2SD)
GW goals: Little 4, Scherma, Castillo, Tyner, Mojica