#18 Men’s Water Polo Edged by Johns Hopkins

Nov. 4, 2016

BALTIMORE -- The 18th-ranked GW men’s water polo team had its five-game league winning streak snapped on Friday night in a 15-10 defeat at Johns Hopkins.

The Colonials fell for just the second time in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference play, with the other loss coming on Sept. 25 vs. then-No. 13 Bucknell. Since then, GW (12-10, 7-2 MAWPC) had strung together five consecutive victories including a 12-11 win over the Blue Jays in the Smith Center one week ago.

On Friday, the teams played a closely contested first half -- with Johns Hopkins outscoring GW 4-3 in each of the first two quarters -- before a 5-2 third quarter run gave the Blue Jays a comfortable 13-8 lead.

Freshman Atakan Destici and redshirt senior Bogdan Petkovic led the Colonials with three goals apiece, while Duke Becker had two. Destici also added a team-high six steals and three assists.

Petkovic opened the scoring at the 4:32 mark of the first quarter to get GW off to a promising start, but 23 seconds later Johns Hopkins answered to tie it up. Five goals were then exchanged following the first tie, as the Blue Jays took a 4-3 lead with 32 seconds left in the first quarter.

In the second, Hopkins built a two-goal lead before strikes from Destici and Petkovic at the 4:25 and 3:00 marks made it 6-6, but the Blue Jays answered with two goals of their own to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender. The third quarter saw GW draw within one on Becker’s goal 33 seconds into the period, but once again JHU responded, this time by scoring four straight to take a 12-7 advantage.

After the Blue Jays closed the third with a 13-8 lead, the teams split four goals in the fourth for the final of 15-10. The Colonials will now look to bounce back in another division showdown on Saturday, when they close the regular season at Navy at 7 p.m.



Johns Hopkins 15, #18 GW 10
GW -- 3-3-2-2--10
JH -- 4-4-5-2--15

GW Goals: Destici 3, Petkovic 3, Becker 2, Else 1, Blosser 1
GW Assists: Destici 3, Mavis 1, Becker 1, Braun 1, Petkovic 1, Blosser 1
GW Steals: Destici 6, Petkovic 5, Braun 3, Deamer 1, Else 1, Blosser 1
GW Field Blocks: Else 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 4, Destici 2, Blosser 2, Mavis 1, Petkovic 1
GW Saves: Taylor 6, Pyrch 5

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