GW Men's Water Polo Rally Falls Short on Senior Night

Senior Jonah Dowd tallied five goals and three steals on Senior Night.


Oct. 7, 2015

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WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's water polo team scored seven goals in the fourth quarter, but its comeback bid fell short in an 18-14 loss to CWPA Southern Division rival Navy on Senior Night at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Wednesday evening.

Playing at home for the final time, senior Jonah Dowd matched his season high with five goals, including three during the Colonials' fourth-quarter rally, and senior Connor Dillon recorded a career-best 16 saves.

GW (3-14, 0-4 Southern) trailed, 15-7, after three periods, but scored the first five goals of the fourth stanza, as Dowd's second penalty goal of the game with 3:09 remaining brought the Colonials within three, 15-12. Navy responded with three of the next four to regain a five-goal advantage with 52 seconds left. Freshman James McLean countered nine seconds later, but GW could get no closer, falling 18-14.

The score remained close for much of the first half, with Navy (7-6, 1-1 Southern) taking a 5-3 lead after the first quarter and an 8-5 advantage at the break. The Midshipmen appeared to break it open with a 7-2 third period, but the Colonials rallied in the fourth.

Dowd added three steals, an assist and two ejections drawn to his five goals, while Dillon also recorded three takeaways. Freshman Brett Else was the only other Colonial with multiple goals, as nine different players found the back of the net for GW. Else tallied three points on two goals and an assist, plus three steals and four ejections drawn, and sophomore Pierce Deamer had a career-high six steals to go with one goal.

Robert Sutherland led the Midshipmen with six goals in the contest while Carl Dowzicky had five.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they visit Southern Division rival at 13th-ranked Bucknell at 12 p.m.

Navy 18, GW 14
GW -- 3-2-2-7--14
NAVY -- 5-3-7-3--18

GW Goals: Dowd 5, Else 2, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Montgomery 1, Braun 1, Behun 1, Pyrch 1, McLean 1
Navy Goals: Sutherland 6, Dowzicky 5, Skowronski 2, Huber 2, Koenig 2, C. Warren 1

GW Assists: Swart 1, Dowd 1, Else 1, Becker 1
GW Steals: Deamer 6, Else 3, Dowd 3, Dillon 3, Braun 2, Gut 1, Becker 1, Montgomery 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Else 4, Dowd 2, McLean 2, Gut 1, Behun 1, Deamer 1
GW Saves: Dillon 16



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