GW Men's Water Polo Can't Top Hopkins a Third Time in 16-11 Loss
Nov. 4, 2011
PRINCETON, N.J. - The third time wasn't a charm for the George Washington men's water polo team in its quest to defeat rival Johns Hopkins for a third time this season as the Colonials dropped a 16-11 decision to the Blue Jays in their opening contest of the CWPA Southern Division Championship at DeNunzio Pool Friday evening.
GW (10-17) had posted a pair of narrow victories over JHU (15-12) earlier this season - 14-13 at Charles E. Smith Center Pool on Sept. 24, and 15-13 in Baltimore, Md., on Oct. 19 - but couldn't secure a third win Friday, a win which would have assured the Colonials of a spot in the CWPA Eastern Championship.
The Colonials now face Gannon on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., and with a victory will compete for fifth place at the event.
With the contest knotted at 2-2 in the first quarter, Hopkins took the lead for good on a goal with less than a second remaining in the period for a 3-2 advantage. The Blue Jays rode the momentum of that goal to outscore the Colonials 6-3 in the second stanza and lead 9-5 at intermission. Sophomore Daniel Tyner drew a five-meter penalty right before halftime, but GW failed to convert and trailed by four at the break.
However, GW battled its way back into the contest with a 5-3 run in the third quarter to draw within 12-10. The Colonials were forced to gamble to try to pull even late in the match, a tactic that led to a 4-1 run for the Blue Jays over the final eight minutes to produce the 16-11 final margin.
Sophomore leading scorer Nate Little led the attack with four goals, followed by two apiece from sophomore Paul Deasey and freshmen Ridvan Pehlivan and Brian Mojica. Tyner also netted a goal and drew three ejections along with his penalty drawn. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes played despite battling pneumonia during the week and made five saves.
Johns Hopkins 16, GW 11
GW goals: Little 4, Pehlivan 2, Deasey 2, Mojica 2, Tyner 1