No. 14 GW Men's Water Polo Falls at No. 4 Pacific
Colonials drop first game of West Coast swing
STOCKTON, Calif. -- The No. 14 GW men's water polo team dropped the first of its five-game trip to California on Thursday evening, falling to fourth-ranked Pacific, 19-11.
Freshman Atakan Destici led the Colonials (9-6) with six goals on 12 shots, to go along with a two assists and two steals. Classmate Andrew Mavis added two goals as did Pierce Deamer, while Noah McKinnie Braun contributed one.
In goal, Matt Taylor played all 32 minutes and recorded nine saves as Pacific outshot GW 37-30 and converted 8 of 11 power plays.
The Tigers (14-4) struck for the first four goals before GW got on the board prior to the end of the first quarter when Destici found the back of the net to cut the deficit to 4-1.
The Colonials struck first in the second quarter on a goal by Deamer and cut the Pacific lead to two goals on a power play score at the 6:22 mark by Destici to make it 5-3. After goals were exchanged to make it 6-4, the Tigers began to pull away by scoring four unanswered and eventually taking a 12-6 lead at halftime.
The third quarter was played evenly with each team scoring three goals to make it 15-9 going into the fourth quarter, but Pacific closed out the win by tallying four goals to GW's two for a final margin of 19-11.
GW returns to action Friday evening when it faces Fresno Pacific in the Rodeo Invitational at 8:40 p.m. ET.
#4 Pacific 19, #14 GW 11
GW -- 1-5-3-2--11
Pacific -- 5-7-3-4--19
GW Goals: Destici 6, Mavis 2, Deamer 2, Braun 1
GW Assists: Destici 2, Deamer 2, Else 2, Braun 1, Slaughter 1
GW Steals: Becker 3, Destici 2, Braun 2, Deamer 1, Kerwin 1, Slaughter 1
GW Saves: Taylor 9
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