GW Men's Water Polo Splits with Iona, Princeton

Freshman Connor Dillon stopped nine shots against Iona in his first career start.

Oct. 20, 2012

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PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on Saturday at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool, defeating Iona, 10-6, before falling to the host Tigers, 13-6, in the a CWPA Southern Division match.

GW (10-13, 1-6 Southern) beat the Gaels for the third time this season after picking up wins at early-season tournaments.

This time around, the Colonials led, 3-2, after one quarter, but the score was tied, 4-4, at halftime. After each team netted a goal to start the third period, graduate student Milos Purkovic scored with 4:27 to go in the quarter to give GW the lead for good. The Colonials outscored the Gaels, 4-1, in the quarter to take control of the game and eventually won by a final score of 10-6.

Purkovic, sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan and junior Nate Little each scored two goals to pace the Colonials' offense. Freshman goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded a career-high nine saves to earn the win in his first career start. GW was 3-for-3 on man-up opportunities.

GW was tied with Princeton - which is ranked 17th in the country - 2-2 after the first quarter, but the Tigers outscored the Colonials, 3-0, in the second to take a 5-2 lead at halftime, and Princeton pulled away in the second half, outscoring GW, 8-4, over the final 16 minutes for the 13-6 victory.

Freshman Bogdan Petkovic led the Colonials with three goals in the game, while senior goalie Cameron Illes stopped seven shots.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday, Oct. 27, when they visit Southern Division rival Navy in the regular-season finale.

GW 10, Iona 6
GW - 3-1-4-2--10
IC - 2-2-1-1--6

GW Goals: Purkovic 2, Pehlivan 2, Little 2, Deasey 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1, Petkovic 1
GW Saves: Dillon 9

No. 17 Princeton 13, GW 6
GW - 2-0-2-2--6
PU - 2-3-4-4--13

GW Goals: Petkovic 3, Mojica 1, Purkovic 1, Pehlivan 1
GW Saves: Illes 7



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