GW Men's Water Polo Places Sixth at CWPA Southern Division Championship
Colonials Edged by Johns Hopkins, 16-15, in Overtime
Nov. 4, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Playing in its second overtime match in three days, the fifth-seeded George Washington men's water polo team dropped another heartbreaker, falling to third-seeded Johns Hopkins, 16-15, on Sunday to finish in sixth place at the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium.
Hopkins took an early 2-0 lead, but GW rattled off three straight to end the first quarter with a 3-2 lead. The Blue Jays rallied back with three in a row to take a 5-3 advantage, but the Colonials (12-16) scored the next three and eventually led at halftime, 7-6.
The two teams traded the first five goals of the third quarter and were tied 9-9 with 4:25 remaining in the period before GW junior Nate Little and sophomore Brian Mojica tallied back-to-back goals to give the Colonials an 11-9 advantage after three.
After Hopkins fought back to tie the game again, GW junior Daniel Tyner found the back of the cage with 25 seconds remaining to give the Colonials a 13-12 lead. However, the Blue Jays drew an ejection with five seconds left in regulation and were able to convert on their extra-man advantage, knotting the game at 13-13 to force overtime.
Hopkins took a two-goal advantage in the first extra period and GW was never able to bounce back. A goal by graduate student Milos Purkovic with four seconds left in the second overtime session brought the Colonials within one, 16-15, but time expired before they could complete the comeback.
In all, the game saw 10 ties and five lead changes, and neither team led by more than two goals throughout the entire contest.
"The guys played really well; they were consistent," said head coach Scott Reed. "Our three seniors finished up their careers nicely, and Milos did a good job in his one year for us."
Tyner led the Colonials with five goals, and freshman Bogdan Petkovic put together another well-rounded game with four goals and eight steals. He finishes his impressive rookie campaign with 45 goals and a school single-season record 96 steals, besting the previous mark of 89 by Jeremy Yamamoto in 1998 and David Zenk in 2007.
Senior goalkeeper Cameron Illes recorded 15 saves in the final game of his career, capping an outstanding four years in the Buff and Blue with a school-record 1,061 saves. In addition, his career-high 276 saves this season are the third-most in a single season in program history.
Johns Hopkins 16, GW 15 (OT)
GW - 3-4-4-2-1-1--15
JHU - 2-4-3-4-2-1--16
GW Goals: Tyner 5, Petkovic 4, Mojica 2, Purkovic 2, Little 1, Deasey 1
GW Saves: Illes 15
It was just a bouncy ball. Or so Zach Slaughter thought. That is until the GW junior saw the boy's reaction. The youngster howled with delight, his...
Mavis Earns All-American Honors
Andrew Mavis of George Washington was named an Honorable Mention All-American on Thursday by the Association of College Water Polo Coaches.
Men's Water Polo Makes History on NCAA Run
George Washington men's water polo reached new heights this season with its first conference title and NCAA Tournament berth.
Men's Water Polo Falls in NCAA Thriller
Making its NCAA Tournament debut, George Washington men’s water polo came up short Saturday afternoon against Harvard in a 15-13 overtime slugfest at...
Seniors Savor Men's Water Polo Turnaround
Not long ago, Pierce Deamer’s top water polo goal was to win a game at Charles E. Smith Center Pool. The GW center knew his team needed to be able to...
Men's Water Polo Claims First MAWPC Title, NCAA Bid
For the first time in program history, George Washington men’s water polo celebrated a conference championship Sunday.
Colonial of the Week Presented by Capgemini: Andrew Mavis
Mavis helped George Washington men's water polo claim its first conference title last weekend, posting 10 goals over three wins at the Mid-Atlantic Water...
Men's Water Polo Headed Back to MAWPC Final
Andrew Mavis scored with five seconds left in overtime to lift George Washington men's water polo to a thrilling 16-15 win over Fordham on Saturday in a Mid-...