GW Men's Water Polo Cruises Past SIU, 17-8, at Southerns
Colonials Face Mercyhurst in Second Round on Saturday
Nov. 8, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Alec Sedlachek scored a career-high five goals to lead the sixth-seeded George Washington men's water polo team to a 17-8 rout of 11th-seeded Salem International in the first round of the CWPA Southern Division Championship on Friday evening at Navy's Lejeune Hall.
The Colonials advance to face third-seeded Mercyhurst on Saturday at 11:40 a.m. The winner of that game will face the winner of the No. 2 Bucknell/No. 7 Washington & Jefferson contest at 9 p.m., while the loser will take on the loser of that match at 6:20 p.m.
GW (13-11) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Colonials outscored the Tigers (3-15) 7-2 in the second period to take a commanding 11-2 halftime advantage. Despite an even second half in which each team scored six goals, SIU was not able to overcome its nine-goal halftime deficit as GW won, 17-8.
"We put on the defensive pressure right away, got the transition going right away and Salem just wasn't able to respond," said Head Coach Scott Reed.
For the second time this season, Sedlachek notched a new career high to lead the Colonials against Salem International as he tallied four goals in GW's season-opening 22-4 win on Sept. 7. Senior Nate Little, juniors Ridvan Pehlivan and Matthew Williams and freshman Dennis Gut each scored twice on Saturday, as nine different players found the back of the cage for GW.
GW 17, Salem International 8
GW Goals: Sedlachek 5, Williams 2, Gut 2, Pehlivan 2, Little 2, Guso 1, Tyner 1, Dowd 1, Mojica 1