GW Men's Water Polo Splits Two Games at Southerns

Freshman Duke Becker scored three goals against Salem International.


Nov. 7, 2014

PRINCETON, N.J. - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on the first day of the CWPA Southern Division Championship on Friday evening at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The fifth-seeded Colonials fell to fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins, 16-11, then trounced ninth-seeded Salem International, 19-1.

The first game remained close throughout the first half. Hopkins held a 4-2 lead after the opening quarter before back-to-back goals by junior Bogdan Petkovic and senior Ridvan Pehlivan tied the score at 5-5 with 4:46 remaining in the second, but the Blue Jays tallied three unanswered to take an 8-5 lead at the break.

Hopkins scored three of the first four goals of the third quarter to open a five-goal lead, 11-6, and was up 14-10 after three, then tallied two of the three goals scored in the fourth quarter for the 16-11 win.

Petkovic led the Colonials (10-12) with four goals and added five steals, while senior Brian Mojica notched a hat trick. Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded 13 saves in cage.

The second game was all GW, as the Colonials jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter and shut out Salem International the rest of the way. GW held a 13-1 advantage at halftime, then tallied three goals in both the third and fourth quarters for the 19-1 win.

Ten different Colonials found the back of the cage against the Tigers, led by freshman Ryan Michalko who matched his career high with four goals. Sophomore Dennis Gut and freshman Duke Becker also recorded hat tricks for GW, which tallied 19 steals and 14 assists as a team. Sophomore goalkeeper Sander Profaci stopped 10 shots.

Salem International's one goal is the fewest allowed by GW since a 20-1 win over Penn State Behrend on Sept. 8, 2013.

The Colonials return to action on Saturday when they take on eighth-seeded Gannon at 6 p.m. on the second day of the Southern Division Championships.

Johns Hopkins 16, GW 11
GW - 2-3-5-1--11
JHU - 4-4-6-2--16

GW Goals: Petkovic 4, Mojica 3, Pehlivan 2, Deamer 1, Dowd 1
GW Saves: Dillon 13

GW 19, Salem International 1
GW - 7-6-3-3--19
SIU - 1-0-0-0--1

GW Goals: Michalko 4, Becker 3, Gut 3, Braun 2, Sedlachek 2, Behun 1, Swart 1, Montgomery 1, Dowd 1, Williams 1
GW Saves: Profaci 10



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