GW Men's Water Polo Sunk by League Leader Bucknell, 12-5

Freshmen Ridvan Pehlivan (pictured) and Brian Mojica both scored two goals Saturday in GW's 12-5 loss at No. 15 Bucknell.

Oct. 15, 2011

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The George Washington men's water polo team pulled within 6-4 in the third quarter on the first of freshman Brian Mojica's two goals, but No. 15 Bucknell answered with four straight goals and defeated the Colonials, 12-5, in CWPA Southern Division action at Kinney Natatorium Saturday afternoon.

GW (7-13, 1-4 CWPA Southern Division) returns to action Wednesday with a mid-week Southern Division visit to rival Johns Hopkins. The Colonials posted a 14-13 victory over the Blue Jays at Charles E. Smith Center Sept. 24 behind sophomore Daniel Tyner's career-best nine-goal performance. Bucknell (10-3, 5-2) defeated Hopkins, 12-10, earlier Saturday and currently leads the Southern Division with a 5-2 record and 10 points.

Bucknell's Beau Caillouette scored a hat trick in the first quarter to ignite the Bison to a 4-0 advantage just 4:27 into the contest. Freshman Ridvan Pehlivan got GW on the scoreboard with 67 seconds left in the opening period and the Colonials managed to close within two goals, 5-3, at halftime behind second-quarter strikes from Pehlivan and sophomore Nate Little.

Mike Kimble opened the second-half scoring just 30 seconds into the third quarter as Bucknell put GW in a 6-3 hole. Mojica responded with a man-up goal that made it 6-4 with 5:57 left in the period. BU's Jack Else and Kimble took over the remainder of the period, with Else netting three consecutive goals and Kimble capping the quarter with 50 seconds left, and the Bison surged to a 10-4 cushion.

Mojica netted his second goal with 2:35 remaining in the contest, but Else and Caillouette punctuated their four-goal efforts with goals at the 1:22 and :26 marks, respectively, for the 12-5 final margin.

Pehlivan joined Mojica with two goals to pace GW, while Mojica posted five steals and sophomore Paul Deasey added four swipes. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes finished with nine saves. The Colonials played without starter and leading scorer Tyner, who missed Saturday's contest due to an injury suffered in Wednesday's home game against Navy.



#15 Bucknell 12, GW 5
BU - 4 - 1 - 5 - 2 -- 12
GW - 1 - 2 - 1 - 1 -- 5

GW goals: Pehlivan 2, Mojica 2, Little
GW steals: Mojica 5, Deasey 4
GW saves: Illes 9

GW - 7-13, 1-4 CWPA Southern Division
BU - 10-3, 5-2 CWPA Southern Division

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