Men's Water Polo Downs Gannon to Advance at MAWPC Championship
Colonials face Fordham in a Saturday semifinal
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Andrew Mavis scored two of his team-high three goals in the final quarter to help George Washington men's water polo hold off Gannon, 10-7, on Friday in a Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference quarterfinal at Lejeune Hall.
The second-seeded Colonials (15-11) advance to face No. 3 Fordham in a semifinal Saturday at 6 p.m. in the same pool.
GW led most of the way, but No. 7 seed Gannon (17-7) kept the pressure on in a defensive battle. The Colonials went scoreless in the second quarter and never led by more than two goals until the final period.
After Gannon pulled within 7-6 in the opening minute of the fourth, Mavis scored on back-to-back possessions to restore the cushion. The second tally pushed the GW advantage to 9-6 with 5:06 remaining.
Down the stretch, Austin Pyrch made a couple of tough saves, including one on a penalty shot, to keep the lead intact. The junior keeper recorded five stops in the second half after teammate Vaios Vlahotasios notched seven between the pipes in the opening 16 minutes.
Mavis paced the offense, a few hours after being named to the All-MAWPC First Team for the first time. The sophomore pushed his team-leading goal total to 73 and also added a pair of steals.
Andras Levai did a little bit of everything for the Colonials with two goals, two assists and two steals, while Deamer chipped in a pair of scores. Kerim Sismanoglu, Brett Else and Zach Slaughter also found the net in the victory.
UP NEXT: GW is back in the semifinals for the second straight season, this time facing Fordham. The Rams beat Johns Hopkins, 11-9, in the last game of the night.
GW and Fordham split in the regular season with the Colonials taking the most recent matchup, 11-9, on Nov. 4 in New York. Top-seeded Bucknell will meet No. 4 Wagner in Saturday's other semifinal.
GW 10, Gannon 7
-- GW Water Polo (@GW_WaterPolo) November 18, 2017
GW Goals: Mavis 3, Levai 2, Deamer 2, Sismanoglu 1, Else 1, Slaughter 1.
GW Assists: Kerwin 2, Levai 2, Becker 1, Slaughter 1, Sismanoglu 1.
GW Steals: Else 3, Mavis 2, Levai 2, Kerwin 1, Becker 1, Slaughter 1, Behun 1, Deamer 1.
GW Field Blocks: Slaughter 2, Deamer 2, Else 1, Levai 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Blosser 2, Levai 2, Mavis 1, Kerwin 1, Slaughter 1.
GW Saves: Vlahotasios 7, Pyrch 5.
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