GW Men's Water Polo Suffers 16-7 Setback to Johns Hopkins on Senior Night
Oct. 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - The George Washington men's water polo team fell to CWPA Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins by a score of 16-7 in its final home match of the season on Wednesday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
The Blue Jays (19-7, 4-3 Southern) scored the first two goals of the game before GW junior Paul Deasey put the Colonials on the scoreboard at the 5:11 mark of the first quarter. After another Hopkins goal, sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan made it 3-2 with 3:49 to go, but the Blue Jays tallied the final three goals of the period to lead, 6-2, after eight minutes.
The teams traded four goals in the second quarter, as Hopkins led, 8-4, at halftime. Deasey and junior Daniel Tyner netted GW's goals, with Tyner's coming on a five-meter penalty shot.
Hopkins pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring GW, 6-0. The Colonials (9-12, 1-5 Southern) started to chip away at the beginning of the fourth period, as Pehlivan and Deasey gave GW back-to-back goals for the first time in the game to make it 14-6, but the Blue Jays responded with two in a row to reopen the 10-goal lead, 16-6, with 37 seconds to play. Graduate student Milos Purkovic closed out the scoring for GW 12 seconds later for the 16-7 final margin.
Deasey notched a hat trick to pace GW's offense, and added two steals. Pehlivan scored twice, while Tyner and Purkovic also tallied two points on a goal and an assist apiece. Senior Guy Helman recorded a team-high three steals, and senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes made six saves.
The Blue Jays were led by Ross Schofield and Alex Whittam, who tallied four goals apiece.
Prior to the game, GW honored Helman, Illes, Purkovic and senior John Paul Bezerra, who were playing in the final home match of their careers.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Princeton, N.J., to take on Iona at 1:30 p.m. and No. 17 Princeton at 7 p.m. at the Tigers' DeNunzio Pool.
Johns Hopkins 16, GW 7
GW Goals: Deasey 3, Pehlivan 2, Tyner 1, Purkovic 1
GW Assists: Krigel 1, Castillo 1, Tyner 1, Purkovic 1, Mojica 1