GW Men's Water Polo Splits With Fordham, Iona
Colonials Tally Season-High 17 Goals Against Gaels
Oct. 24, 2015
BRONX, N.Y. -- The George Washington men's water polo team scored a season-high 17 goals in a 17-13 win over Iona on Saturday evening at Fordham's Francis B. Messmore Aquatic Center. Earlier in the day, the Colonials fell to the host Rams, 12-10.
Sophomore Quentin Montgomery paced GW offensively on the day with six goals in the two games, including a career-high four markers against Fordham. Defensively, freshman goalkeeper Matt Taylor combined for 22 saves across the two contests.
Iona took an early 2-0 lead before the Colonials tied it up a minute later. The Gaels went back ahead, 3-2, with 5:07 to go in the opening quarter, but a goal by sophomore Pierce Deamer again knotted the score at the 3:03 mark, and sophomore Duke Becker put the Colonials on top for good with 1:11 left in the period, and GW led, 5-3, at the end of the first. GW extended its lead to three at 7-4 after one minute of play in the second stanza, and the teams traded goals for the remainder of the frame, as the Colonials held a 10-7 advantage at the break.
GW used a 6-1 third quarter to take control of the game, with two goals apiece by Deamer, Becker and freshman Zach Slaughter. Iona rallied with a 5-1 fourth period but could not get closer than three, and Montgomery sealed the Colonials' 17-13 win with a goal just a second before the final buzzer.
Deamer and Becker scored four goals apiece to lead the Colonials -- a career high for Becker -- while Slaughter and freshman Jack Kerwin each notched their first career hat tricks. Taylor stopped nine shots and added five steals in three quarters in the cage before giving way to junior Sander Profaci, who recorded two saves in the final period.
The first game of the day featured eight ties and three lead changes, with neither team leading by more than one goal until the fourth quarter.
Montgomery put the Colonials on the board first, but Fordham tallied the final two goals of the opening quarter to take a 2-1 lead. Montgomery tied it up with the first goal of the second period before the Rams regained a 3-2 advantage, but back-to-back goals by senior Jonah Dowd and Montgomery put GW on top, 4-3, with 36 seconds remaining. Fordham, however, scored 11 seconds later, and the score was knotted at 4-4 at halftime.
The teams traded goals for most of the third quarter, with the Colonials taking the lead three times, but Fordham scored twice in the final minute to take an 8-7 advantage after three. Freshman Brett Else tied the score at 8-8 with 5:51 remaining, but the Rams took the lead for good just over a minute later. Fordham extended its lead to two goals -- the largest advantage for either team all game. The Colonials twice pulled back within one but could not find the equalizer, as the Rams held on for a 12-10 win.
Montgomery led the Colonials with a career-high four goals and three ejections drawn, while Dowd notched a hat trick and added two steals. Deamer recorded a pair of assists to go with his four ejections drawn, and Else tallied three points (2g, 1a) and four steals. Taylor recorded 13 saves in the cage.
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, when they visit No. 12 Princeton in the regular-season finale at 1 p.m.
Fordham 12, GW 10
GW -- 1-3-3-3--10
FOR -- 2-2-4-4--12
GW Goals: Montgomery 4, Dowd 3, Else 2, McLean 1
GW Assists: Deamer 2, Braun 2, Else 1, Becker 1
GW Steals: Else 4, Dowd 2, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Gut 1, Behun 1, Slaughter 1, McLean 1, Taylor 1
GW Field Blocks: Behun 1, Kerwin 1, McLean 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 4, Montgomery 3, Dowd 1, Else 1
GW Saves: Taylor 13
GW 17, Iona 13
GW -- 5-5-6-1--17
IC -- 3-4-1-5--13
GW Goals: Deamer 4, Becker 4, Kerwin 3, Slaughter 3, Montgomery 2, Dowd 1
GW Assists: Dowd 1, Becker 1, Braun 1, Gut 1, Behun 1
GW Steals: Taylor 5, Dowd 2, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Braun 1, Behun 1, Kerwin 1, McLean 1
GW Field Blocks: Becker 1, Gut 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Braun 2, Dowd 1, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Montgomery 1, Gut 1, McLean 1
GW Saves: Taylor 9 (24:00), Profaci 2 (8:00)
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