Little Goes A Long Way to Lift GW Men's Water Polo to Fifth-Place Game
Nov. 5, 2011
PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore attack Nate Little totaled 13 goals in two victories Saturday, including a career-high nine tallies in a 19-9 win over Washington & Jefferson, to propel the George Washington men's water polo team into the fifth-place game of the CWPA Southern Division Championship Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Little scored four goals and classmate Paul Deasey pitched in two goals and five assists as GW crushed Gannon, 15-3, in Saturday's finale of bracket play. He then peppered in nine goals while freshman teammate Brian Mojica amassed 10 points on a hat trick and seven assists to lead the Colonials past the W&J Presidents in Saturday's second contest.
GW (12-17) will now face either Notre Dame College (Ohio) or Mercyhurst in the fifth-place game and season finale at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The Colonials' 12 victories are the most for the program since 2007.
GW raced out to a 14-1 lead through three quarters to ease past Gannon in Saturday's first contest. Mojica added a hat trick to Little and Deasey's combined six goals, while freshman Ridvan Pehlivan chipped in two goals and junior John Paul Bezerra provided a goal, three assists and four steals. Junior goalkeeper Sean Joyce made the start and turned away nine shots.
The Colonials started slow against the Presidents, trailing 4-2 after a quarter and tied at 6-6 at intermission. However, Little and Mojica turned the second half into an offensive onslaught as GW outscored W&J, 13-3, over the final 16 minutes for the 10-goal difference. Freshman Benjamin Krigel also chipped in a hat trick, while Little contributed three steals and three ejections drawn, and Deasey posted a team-high five steals. Joyce earned this second victory of the day by making six saves.
GW 15, Gannon 3
GW goals: Little 4, Mojica 3, Deasey 2, Pehlivan 2, Bezerra, Krigel, Streeter, Scherma
GW 19, Washington & Jefferson 9
GW goals: Little 9, Mojica 3, Krigel 3, Bezerra, Deasey, Pehlivan, Scherma