Men's Water Polo Wraps Harvard Invitational

Oct. 15, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - George Washington men’s water polo closed the Harvard Invitational on Sunday with a 13-9 loss to the host Crimson at Blodgett Pool.

GW led No. 14 Harvard by two goals twice in the second quarter and went to the half tied at 5 before the Crimson seized control with a six-goal third quarter.

Andrew Mavis scored three goals to lead the Colonials (10-11). Atakan Destici and Pierce Deamer netted two goals apiece, while Duke Becker added a goal and two assists.

Vaios Vlahotasios made nine saves in net for GW.

Dennis Bylashov powered Harvard (14-4) with seven goals.

After an overtime win at MIT on Thursday to start the week, GW dropped all four of its games at the Harvard Invitational to ranked foes. All 11 of its losses this season have come to clubs currently listed in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Top 20 with three of them against Harvard.

WEEKEND SPOTLIGHT: Mavis has been a force in the middle, commanding attention from opposing defenses. The sophomore from New Jersey posted 11 goals in five games this week to build his GW-leading total. He also drew 18 ejections, setting the Colonials up with at least four power plays in four of the five games. He equaled his career-high by drawing five ejections Saturday against No. 11 Princeton.

WEEKEND WRAP: Noah McKinnie Braun and Jack Kerwin recap the Harvard Invitational.

UP NEXT: GW closes its home slate next weekend with a pair of Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference matchups. The Colonials will welcome Johns Hopkins to Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Friday at 7 p.m. before Navy comes in Saturday at 10 a.m.

Harvard 13, GW 9
GW -- 1-4-2-2--9
Harvard --1-4-6-2--13

GW Goals: Mavis 3, Destici 2, Deamer 2, Becker 1, Levai 1.
GW Assists: Destici 3, Becker 2, Else 1.
GW Steals: Levai 2, Blosser 2, Becker 1, Slaughter 1, Sismanoglu 1.
GW Field Blocks: Destici 1, Else 1, Slaughter 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Mavis 4, Destici 2, Deamer 2, Levai 1, Blosser 1.
GW Saves: Vlahotasios 9.

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