Defense Spurs GW Men's Water Polo to Wins Over Iona, Fordham
Tyner Tallies 10 Goals, Four Assists in Two Victories
Oct. 26, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team picked up a pair of victories on Saturday at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool, overpowering Iona, 15-6, before edging Fordham, 11-10.
GW (13-8) led Iona, 3-1, after the first quarter, but outscored the Gaels, 10-2, over the next two periods. The Colonials held a 7-3 halftime advantage then blanked Iona, 6-0, in the third behind four man-up goals by senior Daniel Tyner to take a commanding 13-3 lead. A 3-2 fourth quarter for the Gaels was not enough as GW claimed the 15-6 victory.
After sitting out the entire second quarter with two fouls, Tyner scored five goals in the second half and added a pair of assists and two ejections drawn, while sophomore Bogdan Petkovic tallied four goals to go with two steals, two field blocks and two drawn ejections.
Making his first career start, freshman goalkeeper Sander Profaci recorded a career-high 11 saves and added two assists and a steal.
GW's defense again controlled the first half against Fordham as the Colonials held the Rams to just three goals over the first 16 minutes and led, 7-3, at halftime. GW scored the first two goals of the third quarter to go up 9-3 at the 5:01 mark, but Fordham rallied back, scoring six unanswered to tie the game at 9-9 with 5:46 to go in the game.
Junior Adam Wrobel responded 44 seconds later to put the Colonials back on top, 10-9, and Tyner scored what proved to be the game-winner with 2:41 to go, giving GW a two-goal cushion. Fordham scored with 40 seconds left to pull within one, but the Colonials were able to kill the clock on their next possession and stopped the Rams over the last 10 seconds to hold on for the 11-10 win.
Tyner scored another five goals and added two assists and two steals to again lead the Colonials. With 13 goals and 18 points on the weekend he moves into fifth place all-time at GW with 212 goals and 317 points in his career.
In addition, Wrobel notched his first career hat trick and Profaci again started in goal, recording eight saves.
The Colonials return to action on Friday when they visit CWPA Southern Division rival Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. GW defeated the Blue Jays, 13-11, on Sept. 28 at the Smith Center Pool.
GW 15, Iona 6
GW Goals: Tyner 5, Petkovic 4, Pehlivan 2, Deasey 2, Little 1, Dowd 1
GW 11, Fordham 10
GW Goals: Tyner 5, Wrobel 3, Pehlivan 2, Mojica 1