GW Men's Water Polo Wins Twice on Day 2 of Southern Division Championship
Nov. 3, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - The George Washington men's water polo team scored a combined 33 goals in wins over Washington & Jefferson and Gannon on the second day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship on Saturday at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium.
The fifth-seeded Colonials (12-15) defeated the ninth-seeded W&J Presidents, 15-10, in their first game of the day before taking down the eighth-seeded Gannon Golden Knights, 18-11, in the nightcap. GW will face No. 3 Johns Hopkins on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in a battle for fifth place. The Blue Jays defeated the Colonials twice earlier this season.
Washington & Jefferson led, 4-2, after one quarter and 6-5 at halftime, but GW outscored the Presidents, 10-4, in the second half to win, 15-11. W&J held a 7-6 advantage with 5:30 remaining in the third quarter, but the Colonials tallied the final three goals of the period to take a 9-7 lead and never looked back.
"We started off pretty slow on the defensive end, and we missed a lot of good shooting opportunities at the beginning, as well," said head coach Scott Reed. "But in the second half we were able to get our offense going, get our defense going and finish them off."
Freshman Bogdan Petkovic led the Colonials on both ends of the pool, tallying five goals, five steals and two field blocks. "He had a pretty outstanding game," said Reed.
Junior Daniel Tyner notched a hat trick, while graduate student Milos Purkovic, senior John Paul Bezerra and sophomore Ridvan Pehlivan each scored two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded eight saves.
GW matched its second-highest output of the season in its 18-11 victory over Gannon; the Colonials also scored 18 goals in an 18-6 win over the same Golden Knights' team on Sept. 2 at the Navy Open.
GW and Gannon were tied at 3-3 after eight minutes, but the Colonials exploded for eight goals in the second quarter to jump out to an 11-5 lead at halftime. Leading by just one, 6-5, with 5:35 to go in the second period, GW scored five straight goals to take control of the game.
The Colonials continued their run with the first two goals of the third quarter to go up 13-5 before Gannon found the back of the cage at the 6:50 mark. The teams traded goals the rest of the way to account for the 18-11 final score.
"It was a good team effort right from the get-go," said Reed. "We were very consistent and never really let Gannon get in the game."
Tyner paced the Colonials with four goals, while junior Paul Deasey tallied five points on two goals and three assists. Petkovic and Nate Little also recorded hat tricks, and Dillon made 10 saves in the cage.
GW 15, Washington & Jefferson 10
GW Goals: Petkovic 5, Tyner 3, Pehlivan 2, Purkovic 2, Bezerra 2, Little 1
GW 18, Gannon 11
GW Goals: Tyner 4, Little 3, Petkovic 3, Deasey 2, Purkovic 2, Mojica 1, Bezerra 1, Castillo 1, Streeter 1