GW Men's Water Polo Drops Two in Regular-Season Finale
Colonials to Learn Southern Division Championship Seeding on Monday
Nov. 2, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team concluded the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a pair of losses at Navy's Scott Natatorium, dropping the first game to Mercyhurst, 9-8, before falling to the host Midshipmen, 16-12.
GW (12-11, 3-5 Southern) will learn its seeding for the upcoming CWPA Southern Division Championship on Monday evening. The event will take place next weekend, Nov. 8-11, at Navy.
The first game of the day was tight throughout as neither team led by more than two goals. Mercyhurst held a 3-2 advantage after the first quarter, but the Colonials rallied back to tie the game at 5-5 at halftime. GW held a 7-5 lead with 1:49 to go in the third quarter and led 8-7 after three, but the Lakers scored the only two goals of the final period, including the game-winner with 3:57 to go, to claim the 9-8 victory.
"It was a great game right from the start all the way to the very end," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "It was really a defensive battle in the fourth quarter. Great effort from everybody."
Despite the loss, GW's counterattack and man-up offense were each working against Mercyhurst, as the Colonials scored four goals in transition and three in extra-man situations. GW's remaining marker was a penalty goal.
Senior Daniel Tyner led the Colonials with three goals and added two ejections drawn and a penalty drawn. Senior Nate Little also tallied multiple goals with two to his credit. Sophomore goalie Connor Dillon recorded 10 saves.
GW led, 2-1, with 2:36 to go in the first quarter, but Navy scored the last two goals of the period to take a 3-2 advantage after one. A 4-1 second quarter gave the Midshipmen a 7-3 halftime lead, but a six-goal third period pulled the Colonials within three at 12-9. That was as close as the Colonials could get as they fell, 16-12.
"It was actually a very good game throughout," said Coach Reed. "We played really tough, we played aggressive. I'm quite pleased with our progress despite the two losses."
Junior Ridvan Pehlivan recorded two goals and eight ejections drawn to pace the Colonials. "He had an absolutely standout game; he played like a monster," Coach Reed said.
Mercyhurst 9, GW 8
GW - 2-3-3-0--8
MC - 3-2-2-2--9
GW Goals: Tyner 3, Little 2, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1, Streeter 1
GW Saves: Dillon 10
Navy 16, GW 12
GW - 2-1-6-3--12
Navy - 3-4-5-4--16
GW Goals: Mojica 2, Deasey 2, Pehlivan 2, Little 2, Guso 1, Tyner 1, Dowd 1, Wrobel 1
GW Saves: Dillon 8
Destici, Mavis Named to All-MAWPC First Team
George Washington's Atakan Destici and Andrew Mavis were selected to the All-Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference-East First Team on Friday.
'To Me, He's Like a Brother'
The teenager had traveled to Los Angeles from his native Hungary in the summer of 2014 to spend a few weeks with one of the best water polo clubs in America.
Men's Water Polo Earns No. 2 Seed at MAWPC Championship
George Washington men’s water polo has earned the No. 2 seed in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship and will begin its title chase on...
Men's Water Polo Earns Doubleheader Sweep
George Washington men’s water polo wrapped its regular season Saturday by sweeping a Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference doubleheader.
Men's Water Polo Set for New York City Doubleheader
George Washington men's water polo is headed to New York City on Saturday for a Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference doubleheader to close the regular season.
Mavis Named MAWPC Co-Player of the Week
George Washington’s Andrew Mavis has been named Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Co-Player of the Week.
Men's Water Polo Drops Navy on Senior Day
George Washington men’s water polo scored eight straight goals in the second half to rally past Navy, 16-14, on Saturday at Charles E. Smith Center Pool.
Men's Water Polo Surges Past Johns Hopkins
Andrew Mavis and Andras Levai combined for 13 goals to help George Washington men’s water polo pull away from Johns Hopkins for a 19-13 win Friday...