GW Men's Water Polo's Late Rally Falls Short at Bucknell, 12-9
Colonials Pull Within One of Bison in Fourth Quarter
Oct. 12, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The George Washington men's water polo team scored four straight goals to pull within one midway through the fourth quarter but was unable to complete its comeback, falling to Bucknell, 12-9, on Saturday afternoon in CWPA Southern Division action at the Bison's Kinney Natatorium.
Bucknell (8-4, 3-3 Southern) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first quarter, using a press defense to throw to throw GW (10-7, 3-2 Southern) off its game. The Bison took a 9-4 lead at halftime and were up, 10-5, with 2:37 to go in the third when the Colonials began to mount their comeback.
Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic scored the final goal of the third quarter, and three straight goals by junior Brian Mojica, senior Daniel Tyner and Petkovic brought the Colonials within one, 10-9, with 3:53 to go, but that was as close as they would get, as the Bison scored the final two goals of the game for the 12-9 win.
"We were a little unbalanced at the beginning, but once we get ourselves organized we were able to take charge and mount a comeback," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "We gave everything we had to bring it within one."
Petkovic and Tyner each tallied hat tricks to lead GW, which was again playing without injured starter Nate Little. Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded 10 saves in the cage before giving away to freshman Sander Profaci, who stopped two shots in the fourth period.
The Colonials now have two weeks off before returning to the pool on Oct. 25 at Southern Division rival Princeton.
Bucknell 12, GW 9
GW - 1-3-2-3--9
BU - 5-4-1-2--12
GW Goals: Petkovic 3, Tyner 3, Deasey 1, Mojica 1, Wrobel 1