GW Men's Water Polo Splits on Final Day of Regular Season
Colonials Bounce Back from League Loss at Navy to Defeat Salem International
Oct. 29, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team wrapped CWPA Southern Division play Saturday with a 15-8 loss at No. 16 Navy, but capped the regular season with a 10-4 victory over Salem International at Scott Natatorium.
GW finishes the regular season with a 10-16 overall record and in fourth place in Southern Division action with a 2-6 mark. The Colonials now await seeding for the CWPA Southern Division Championship, to be played Friday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 6 at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The Southern Championship's top four finishers advance to the CWPA Eastern Championship at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 18-20. That event's champion will advance to the NCAA Final Four.
GW trailed nationally ranked Navy just 2-1 after a quarter, but the host Midshipmen took control by outscoring the Colonials, 9-2, over the next two periods for a commanding 11-3 advantage. The visiting Colonials netted five goals in the fourth quarter, but allowed four to produce the 15-8 final margin. GW was short-handed without sophomore starter Daniel Tyner, who's missed the last seven games due to injury, and junior starter Guy Helman, who was sidelined due to illness.
Freshman Ridvan Pehlivan and sophomore Nate Little netted two goals apiece to pace the attack, with Pehlivan pitching in two ejections drawn. Junior John Paul Bezerra, sophomore Paul Deasey and rookies Brian Mojica and Rafi Castillo also tallied goals for GW. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes made eight saves.
The Colonials cruised in the late game - a late addition to the schedule - with eight first-quarter goals en route to the 10-4 triumph over the SIU Fighting Tigers. GW led 8-2 after eight minutes and traded goals with SIU in the third and fourth periods for the six-goal victory.
Freshman Nick Scherma provided four goals, an assist, four steals and two field blocks to lead the Colonials. Fellow freshmen Rafi Castillo and Matthew Williams each added two goals, and rookies Benjamin Krigel and Lance Leung chipped in a goal apiece. Junior goalkeeper Sean Joyce made six saves to earn the victory.
#16 Navy 15, GW 8
GW goals: Pehlivan 2, Little 2, Castillo, Deasey, Bezerra, Mojica
GW 10, Salem International 4
GW goals: Scherma 4, Castillo 2, Williams 2, Krigel, Leung