GW Men's Water Polo Drops Two in Regular-Season Finale

Ridvan Pehlivan scored twice and drew eight ejections against Navy.

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.

Little, senior Paul Deasey and junior Brian Mojica also scored twice for GW, and Dillon had eight saves.

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



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