GW Men's Water Polo Can't Keep Pace With No. 17 Navy in 16-7 Loss
Oct. 12, 2011
WASHINGTON - Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes matched a season-high 17 saves, but No. 17 Navy erupted for 10 second-half goals to deal the George Washington men's water polo team a 16-7 loss in front of a standing-room only crowd at Charles E. Smith Center Pool Wednesday night.
The loss drops GW to 7-12 overall and 1-3 in the CWPA Southern Division heading into Saturday's 5 p.m. league contest at 15th-ranked Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. Navy, which defeated league-leading Johns Hopkins, 13-11, in Baltimore earlier Wednesday afternoon, improves to 15-5 and 2-2 in Southern Division play.
Trailing the nationally ranked Midshipmen 6-4 in the second quarter, the Colonials had a pair of golden opportunities to tie the contest by halftime. Sophomore leading scorer Daniel Tyner drew a five-meter penalty in the period, but missed the attempt, and GW failed to convert on a late man-up chance to leave Navy with the two-goal lead at intermission.
Navy proceeded to tally five goals in both the third and fourth quarters, while limiting GW to goals from junior John Paul Bezerra, sophomore Paul Deasey and freshman Ridvan Pehlivan, to pull away in the second half. Sophomore Nate Little led the attack with three goals all in the first half, Pehlivan finished with two goals and two ejections drawn. Bezerra chipped in an assist to finish with two points, and freshman Brian Mojica handed out a team-best two assists.
Illes' season-high tying 17 stops were highlighted by seven in the second quarter to keep GW in contention.
The contest featured a matchup between father-daughter assistant coaches between GW assistant Blaise Stanicic and Navy assistant Mladen Stanicic. Blaise is in her first season with the Colonials following an All-American playing career at Maryland, while Mladen has served as an assistant with the Mids the past six seasons.
#17 NAVY 16, GW 7
GW goals: Little 3, Pehlivan 2, Deasey, Bezerra