GW Men's Water Polo Opens Southerns With Split

Noah McKinnie Braun notched his second career hat trick against Monmouth College.


Nov. 6, 2015

Tournament Central

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The fifth-seeded George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on the first day of the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division Championship on Friday at Bucknell's Kinney Natatorium. The Colonials fell to No. 4-seed Navy, 11-7, before trouncing No. 9-seed Monmouth College, 17-6, in the nightcap.

GW (5-20) matched a season high with 17 goals against the Fighting Scots, as 11 different players found the back of the cage. Sophomore Noah McKinnie Braun notched his second career hat trick, while sophomores Duke Becker and Ryan Michalko and freshmen Austin Pyrch and Zach Slaughter each scored twice.

The Colonials scored the first three goals of the game against Monmouth and never looked back, taking a 4-2 lead after the first quarter and a 7-4 advantage at the break. GW used a 4-1 third period to break the game open, 11-5, again scoring the first three goals of the frame, before clinching the match with a dominant 6-1 fourth quarter that included five straight tallies to start the period.

Slaughter added two assists, four steals and two ejections drawn to his two goals, and freshman goalkeeper Matt Taylor recorded nine saves in the cage.

GW took a quick lead in the first game of the day as sophomore Pierce Deamer scored just 25 seconds into the match, but Navy tied it up midway through the quarter and the teams were knotted, 1-1, after one. The Midshipmen scored the first two goals of the second period to take the lead for good, but Navy led by just one, 3-2, at halftime after freshman James McLean found the back of the cage with 34 seconds to go.

The Mids broke the game open with a 5-2 third quarter, as they tallied the first four goals of the frame for a 7-2 lead before McLean notched his second goal of the game with 1:44 remaining in the period. Navy led, 8-4, after three, then scored the first goal of the fourth quarter for a game-high five-goal lead. Consecutive goals by senior Jonah Dowd and freshman Zach Slaughter pulled the Colonials within three, 10-7, with 1:36 left, but GW could get no closer and Navy's Carpenter Warren scored with five seconds on the clock to seal the 11-7 win for the Mids.

McLean was the only Colonial with multiple goals in the game, while Deamer tallied two points on a goal and an assist and Dowd added a team-best four ejections drawn. Taylor recorded 13 saves and four steals in goal, and freshman Jack Kerwin recorded a pair of field blocks to go with his goal.

The Colonials will learn their next opponent and game time following the Navy/Monmouth match, which takes place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Navy 11, GW 7
GW -- 1-1-2-3--7
NAVY -- 1-2-5-3--11

GW Goals: McLean 2, Dowd 1, Deamer 1, Behun 1, Kerwin 1, Slaughter 1
GW Assists: Deamer 1, Else 1, Braun 1
GW Steals: Taylor 4, Else 2, McLean 2, Swart 1, Dowd 1, Deamer 1, Slaughter 1
GW Field Blocks: Kerwin 2
GW Ejections Drawn: Dowd 4, Swart 2, Deamer 1, Else 1, Montgomery 1, Behun 1, Slaughter 1, McLean 1
GW Save: Taylor 13

GW 17, Monmouth 5
GW -- 4-3-4-6--17
MC -- 2-2-1-1--6

GW Goals: Braun 3, Michalko 2, Becker 2, Pyrch 2, Slaughter 2, Kerwin 1, McLean 1, Behun 1, Montgomery 1, Swart 1, Dowd 1
GW Assists: Slaughter 2, Dowd 1, Else 1, Becker 1, Braun 1, Rosenberg 1
GW Steals: Slaughter 4, Rosenberg 3, Dowd 2, Else 2, Montgomery 2, Behun 2, Kerwin 2, Swart 1, Deamer 1, Becker 1, Dillon 1, Taylor 1
GW Field Blocks: Else 1, Pyrch 1, Rosenberg 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Swart 2, Slaughter 2, Else 1, McLean 1
GW Saves: Taylor 9, Dillon 2



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