GW Men's Water Polo Edged by No. 17 Bucknell, 13-12, in Sudden Death at Southerns
Nov. 2, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - After nearly 43 minutes of deadlocked action, No. 17 Bucknell's Brian Barron scored the game-winning goal with 1:16 remaining in the second sudden-death period to defeat the George Washington men's water polo team, 13-12, on Friday evening on the first day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship at the Bison's Kinney Natatorium.
Neither team led by more than two goals in the tightly contested match. The score was knotted, 11-11, at the end of regulation, and the Colonials struck first in overtime, as freshman Bogdan Petkovic found the back of the cage with 52 seconds to go in the period. But Bucknell's Stefan Aleksic responded early in the second extra session to again tie the game, and neither team scored again, sending the contest to sudden death.
The first three-minute sudden-death period was scoreless, and more than half of the second went by before Barron tallied the game-winner on a man-up opportunity.
Fourth-seeded Bucknell (12-13) led, 4-2, at the end of the one quarter, but GW (10-15) scored the only two goals of the second period to tie the game, 4-4, at halftime.
The fifth-seeded Colonials opened the third quarter with back-to-back tallies by junior Daniel Tyner and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan to take a 6-4 lead, and the Colonials maintained a two-goal advantage for most of the period before the Bison tied the score at 8-8 with consecutive goals over the final 1:02 of the stanza.
Bucknell took a lead on three different occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Colonials rallied back each time, and junior Nate Little's goal with 21 seconds to go in regulation ultimately sent the game at overtime tied at 11-11.
"It was just an absolutely fantastic game," said head coach Scott Reed. "Very well-played. We just couldn't put them away."
Tyner and Petkovic paced GW's offense with four goals apiece, and Petkovic added six steals. Sophomore Brian Mojica recorded a goal and three assists, and senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes made 10 saves in the cage.
The Colonials return to action on Saturday, when they take on ninth-seeded Washington & Jefferson at 9 a.m. on the second day of the Southern Division Championship.
No. 17 Bucknell 13, GW 12 (SD)
GW Goals: Tyner 4, Petkovic 4, Little 2, Mojica 1, Pehlivan 1