GW Men’s Water Polo Streaks Past Fresno Pacific, 14-7

Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Taylor had 12 saves
Oct. 22, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 14th-ranked George Washington men’s water polo team opened play in the Rodeo Classic at Santa Clara with a 14-7 win over Fresno Pacific on Friday night.

GW (10-6) received a six-goal performance from freshman Atakan Destici and four from junior Pierce Deamer, while sophomore goalkeeper Matt Taylor made 12 saves.

After scoring the first two goals of the game, GW fell behind when Fresno Pacific (8-11) answered with four straight of its own. The Colonials then drew within one on Deamer’s goal with one second to play before the end of the first quarter.

GW took control in the second and third quarters, limiting Fresno Pacific to just one goal while scoring eight of its own. Destici knotted up the score at 5-5 with 1:03 left in the second quarter, and gave the Colonials a lead they wouldn’t surrender with 17 seconds before halftime.

Deamer started the scoring 1:16 into the third quarter -- the first of three goals for him in the stanza -- while Noah McKinnie Braun and Zach Slaughter added goals to make it 11-5 heading to the fourth.

Fresno Pacific broke a more than 13-minute scoring drought early in the fourth, but Destici responded with three unanswered goals to put the game out of reach.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when they take on San Jose State.

#14 GW 14, Fresno Pacific 7
GW -- 3-3-5-3--14
FP -- 4-1-0-2--7

GW Goals: Destici 6, Deamer 4, Mavis 1, Braun 1, Kerwin 1, Blosser 1
GW Assists: Else 1, Becker 1, Destici 1, Deamer 1, Kerwin 1, Slaughter 1, Taylor 1
GW Steals: Becker 4, Destici 4, Mavis 2, Slaughter 2, Blosser 2, Else 1, Deamer 1, Taylor 1
GW Field Blocks: Swart 1, Mavis 1, Destici 1, Kerwin 1, Slaughter 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Mavis 5, Destici 2, Becker 1, Deamer 1
GW Saves: Taylor 12



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