GW Men's Water Polo's Rally Falls Short to Johns Hopkins, 15-13
Petkovic Tallies Seven Points to Lead Colonials
Oct. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team rallied from a six-goal deficit to tie the game in the third quarter, but Johns Hopkins pulled ahead and held on for a 15-13 victory in CWPA Southern Division action on Saturday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
GW (8-9, 0-5 Southern) led, 2-1, early in the first half after back-to-back goals by freshman Pierce Deamer, but Hopkins tallied seven in a row to end the first quarter with an 8-2 lead.
The Colonials, however, came storming back in the second period. Senior Ridvan Pehlivan opened the quarter with a five-meter goal, which ignited the offense to four tallies in a span of 2:09. GW's defense, meanwhile, blanked the Blue Jays in the quarter as the Colonials pulled within two, 8-6, at halftime.
Pehlivan opened the third quarter with his third goal of the night to make it a one-goal game before Langdon Froomer ended Hopkins' drought at the 6:16 mark. Senior Brian Mojica then scored on a power play to pull the Colonials back within one and junior Bogdan Petkovic knotted the game at 9-9 with 3:34 remaining in the period. The Blue Jays, however, tallied the final two goals of the quarter to take an 11-9 lead after three.
For the third consecutive period, Pehlivan opened with a goal - his second penalty marker of the night and fourth score overall - and after a quick Hopkins goal, Petkovic completed his hat trick to make it 12-11 with 6:42 remaining. The Blue Jays' Wes Hopkins responded with two in a row and Gio Cragnotti followed with one of his own as JHU regained a four-goal advantage, which proved too much for the Colonials to overcome. Mojica and senior Adam Wrobel tallied back-to-back to end the game, but it was not enough as GW fell, 15-13.
Petkovic led the Colonials with seven points on three goals and four assists, while Pehlivan tallied six points on a team-best four goals and two helpers to go with four steals. Deamer notched a hat trick of his own and added three ejections drawn, while Mojica recorded two goals, three assists and three steals. Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon made a career-high 15 saves.
The Colonials return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 22, when they visit Johns Hopkins for a 7 p.m. match in Baltimore.
GW Goals: Pehlivan 4, Petkovic 3, Deamer 3, Mojica 2, Wrobel 1
JHU Goals: Fraser 4, Froomer 3, Beal 2, Hopkins 2, Davidson 2, Cragnotti 1, Yee 1
GW Assists: Petkovic 4, Mojica 3, Pehlivan 2, Dillon 2
GW Steals: Pehlivan 4, Mojica 3, Deamer 2, Becker 1, Petkovic 1, Dowd 1, Dillon 1
GW Field Blocks: Pehlivan 1, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 3, Pehlivan 1, Petkovic 1, Williams 1, Mojica 1
GW Penalties Drawn: Petkovic 2
GW Saves: Dillon 15
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