GW Men's Water Polo Splits with Iona, Princeton
Freshman Connor Dillon Records Nine Saves in First Career Win
Oct. 20, 2012
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.
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 Goals: Purkovic 2, Pehlivan 2, Little 2, Deasey 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1, Petkovic 1
No. 17 Princeton 13, GW 6
GW Goals: Petkovic 3, Mojica 1, Purkovic 1, Pehlivan 1