GW Men's Water Polo Completes Season Sweep of Johns Hopkins, 15-13
Pehlivan and Little Combine for 11 Goals as Colonials Record Regular-Season Sweep of Rival Blue Jays
Oct. 19, 2011
BALTIMORE - Freshman Ridvan Pehlivan scored six goals and sophomore Nate Little added five to lead the George Washington men's water polo team to a 15-13 come-from-behind victory at Johns Hopkins Wednesday night. With the win, the Colonials complete the regular-season sweep of their CWPA Southern Division rival.
"It was basically a great game," said head coach Scott Reed. "Our guys never lost their composure [against their rival] by any means. It's definitely a big win for us."
GW (8-13, 2-4 CWPA Southern Division) is now tied with JHU (10-11, 2-5) for fourth in the CWPA Southern Division standings with four points and a league contest in hand.
The Colonials defeated the Blue Jays, 14-13, in Washington back on Sept. 24 behind sophomore Daniel Tyner's brilliant nine-goal effort. However, GW completed the sweep over JHU on Wednesday without the services of Tyner, the team's leading scorer who missed his second straight contest due to injury.
Pehlivan, Little and freshman Brian Mojica (2g, 4a) stepped up in attack, and junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes posted 13 saves - the same number of stops made in the Sept. 24 victory - to lead the Colonials to the league win.
GW trailed throughout the first half, but outscored the hosts 9-5 over the final 16 minutes, including a 3-0 run in the fourth quarter with goals from Pehlivan, Little and Mojica.
The Colonials trailed 8-6 at halftime and were tied at 10-10 entering the final period. Little gave the Colonials their first lead of the night with a goal 37 seconds into the quarter only to see the Blue Jays knot the score once again with 4:33 left. Pehlivan ignited the tide-turning three-goal rally just 10 seconds later, and Little and Mojica tallied within 35 seconds of each other to put GW on top for good at 14-11 en route to the 15-13 final margin.
Mojica added three steals to his six-point effort. Sophomore Paul Deasey added a goal, two assists and three steals and freshman Nick Scherma chipped in a goal. It marks GW's first win in Baltimore since 1998 and the first time since 1996 that GW has posted two victories over Hopkins in the same season.
GW will play three games in two days this Friday and Saturday in Princeton, N.J. The Colonials visit the host and nationally ranked No. 14 Tigers Friday at 8:00 p.m., with a live video link available on GWsports.com.
GW 15, Johns Hopkins 13
GW goals: Pehlivan 6, Little 5, Mojica 2, Scherma, Deasey