GW Men's Water Polo Places Sixth at CWPA Southern Division Championship
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 Goals: Tyner 5, Petkovic 4, Mojica 2, Purkovic 2, Little 1, Deasey 1