Men's Water Polo Headed Back to MAWPC Final

Andras Levai scored a career-high eight goals in Saturday's win.
Nov. 18, 2017


ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Andrew Mavis scored with five seconds left in overtime to lift George Washington men's water polo to a thrilling 16-15 win over Fordham on Saturday in a Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference semifinal at Lejeune Hall.

The second-seeded Colonials are headed back to the MAWPC final after erasing a five-goal second half deficit to edge the third-seeded Rams in extra time. They will face No. 4 seed Wagner on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the same pool with the conference's automatic NCAA bid on the line.

GW (16-11) kept alive its bid for its first conference title in dramatic fashion. The Colonials trailed 12-7 on a goal by Fordham's Diego Delgado with 5:13 left in the third quarter.

GW built its rally behind offense from Andras Levai and Mavis. Levai scored five of his career-high eight goals after halftime, while Mavis found the net six times.

Atakan Destici created most of those scores, setting a program record with nine assists. The sophomore from Turkey broke Brian Mojica's mark for assists in a game of seven set in 2011.

Austin Pyrch sparked the defense, allowing the Colonials to climb back. He piled up eight saves between the second half and two three-minute overtime periods.

Down by five, GW posted six of the next seven goals, tying it at 13 on a score from Mavis with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter. From there, the rest of regulation was a stalemate with both clubs digging in defensively to preserve the tie.

Levai put GW in front in the first overtime with a pair of goals. The second tally came with one second left in the period and made it 15-14.

Fordham, which is ranked No. 20 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association national poll, tied it again, setting the stage for Mavis' heroics. With more overtime looming, the sophomore from New Jersey grabbed a shot off the crossbar and quickly stuffed home the rebound.

The Colonials celebrated the victory once Fordham's last-second heave sailed high. The Rams (18-11) will meet Bucknell in Sunday's third-place game.

UP NEXT: GW returns to the MAWPC final after falling there last fall to Bucknell. The Colonials will meet Wagner, which upset the top-seeded Bison, 10-8, in the first semifinal of the day.

GW swept a pair of meetings with Wagner during the regular season, most recently downing the Seahawks, 11-10, on Nov. 4 in New York.

The winner of Sunday's championship advances to an NCAA play-in game, likely next weekend against the Northeast Water Polo Conference champion.

WATCH THIS: Head Coach Barry King, Mavis and Levai discuss Saturday's win over Fordham.

GW 16, Fordham 15 (OT)
GW--1-5-5-2-2-1--16
Fordham--4-5-4-0-1-1--15

GW Goals: Levai 8, Mavis 6, Deamer 2.
GW Assists: Destici 9, Mavis 1, Else 1, Levai 1, Deamer 1.
GW Steals: Destici 2, Mavis 2, Kerwin 2, Becker 2, Levai 2, Deamer 1, Blosser 1.
GW Field Blocks: Destici 3, Else 1, Kerwin 1.
GW Ejections Drawn: Levai 2, Mavis 2, Else 1, Deamer 1.
GW Saves: Pyrch 8, Vlahotasios 5.

 

 

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