GW Men's Water Polo Edged by Navy, 10-9
Dillon Matches Career High With 15 Saves
Nov. 1, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team concluded its regular season with a 10-9 loss at CWPA Southern Division rival Navy on Saturday afternoon.
Neither team led by more than two goals the entire game, as the Colonials' 4-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter was the largest scoring margin of the contest. Navy (12-10, 3-4 Southern) tallied three in a row to start the second period, but the first of junior Bogdan Petkovic's three goals on the day tied it at 5-5 at the 3:36 mark, and that score stood at halftime.
The teams traded goals to open the third quarter before back-to-back tallies by the Midshipmen gave the hosts a 9-7 lead after three. GW (9-10, 1-7 Southern) then scored two in a row to start the fourth, as senior Ridvan Pehlivan's second goal of the game with 4:19 left tied it at 9-9, but Navy's Carpenter Warren scored what proved to be the game-winner with 1:59 to go. The Colonials had two opportunities to tie it up at the end of the game but were not able to convert as the Midshipmen held on for the 10-9 win.
"It was a great game," said head coach Scott Reed. "We had a great start and really played some patient offense and some very effective defense. Unfortunately in that third quarter we had some good scoring opportunities that we failed on and Navy was able to capitalize, so that's where they got a jump on us."
Petkovic led the Colonials with three goals, while senior Brian Mojica tallied five points on two goals and three assists. Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon matched his career high with 15 saves in the cage.
The Colonials return to action next weekend when they head to Princeton, N.J., for the CWPA Southern Division Championship Nov. 7-9 at Princeton's DeNunzuio Pool.
Navy 10, GW 9
GW - 4-1-2-2--9
Navy - 2-3-4-1--10
GW Goals: Petkovic 3, Mojica 2, Pehlivan 2, Deamer 1, Castillo 1
GW Saves: Dillon 15
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