GW Men's Water Polo Splits on Day One of CWPA Championship
Colonials Beat Fordham, Fall to Brown
Nov. 21, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on the first day of the CWPA Championship at Navy's Lejeune Hall. The eighth-seeded Colonials defeated ninth-seeded Fordham, 11-8, in the first game, before falling to top-seeded and 11th-ranked Brown, 22-11.
GW (13-13) will face 13th-ranked Bucknell on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Colonials led Fordham for most of the opening contest. With the score tied, 1-1, freshman Pierce Deamer ignited a three-goal run at the 6:23 mark, as GW took a 4-1 lead and never looked back. The Colonials led, 5-2, after the first quarter and 6-4 at halftime.
The Rams scored the first goal of the third quarter to pull within one, 6-5, but senior Ridvan Pehlivan and junior Bogdan Petkovic answered with back-to-back goals to give the Colonials a three-goal cushion, 8-5, after three periods of action.
The teams traded goals to start the fourth, but Pehlivan and Petkovic again scored consecutive goals to give GW a game-high five-goal advantage, 11-6, with 2:39 remaining. Fordham tallied the final two goals of the game, but it was not enough as the Colonials held on for the 11-8 victory.
Petkovic, who was named Player of the Game, led all scorers with five goals to match his career high and added an assist for six points, while Deamer, Pehlivan and senior Brian Mojica each scored twice. Senior Adam Wrobel dished out three assists and junior Jonah Dowd had four steals, while Deamer added a career-high six ejections drawn for the second straight game. Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded 10 saves.
"This was an absolutely great team effort on defense and a very good, patient offense that we've been working on for the past two weeks," said head coach Scott Reed. "We stuck with our game plan and everything fell into place the right way."
GW started the second game strong, tallying two of the first three goals. The game was tied 3-3 with 32 seconds left in the first quarter, but Brown scored the go-ahead goal 19 seconds later and led, 4-3, after one.
The teams traded goals to start the second, and Pehlivan's second goal of the game made it 6-5 with 3:29 remaining, but Brown scored four in a row over the next three minutes to take control of the game. The Colonials answered with two of the final three goals of the period, including a buzzer-beater by Deamer, to make it 11-7 at halftime.
The Bears, however, blanked GW in the third, 5-0, to go up 16-7, and scored the first three goals of the fourth before Deamer tallied at the 5:11 mark. The rookie scored three times in the fourth quarter, including a five-meter shot, but Brown won, 22-11.
Deamer finished with five goals, matching his career high, while Pehlivan and Mojica each scored twice. Mojica added two assists and three steals, and Dillon recorded six saves.
GW 11, Fordham 8
GW - 5-1-2-3--11
FOR - 2-2-1-3--8
GW Goals: Petkovic 5, Deamer 2, Mojica 2, Pehlivan 2
GW Assists: Wrobel 3, Pehlivan 1, Castill0 1, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1
GW Steals: Dowd 4, Becker 1, Deamer 1, Pehlivan 1, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Deamer 6, Pehlivan 2, Wrobel 1
GW Saves: Dillon 10
#11 Brown 22, GW 11
GW - 3-4-0-4--11
BU - 4-7-5-6--22
GW Goals: Deamer 5, Pehlivan 2, Mojica 2, Dowd 1, Petkovic 1
GW Assists: Mojica 2, Becker 1, Wrobel 1
GW Steals: Petkovic 3, Mojica 3, Becker 1, Deamer 1, Dowd 1, Williams 1, Wrobel 1
GW Ejections Drawn: Becker 3, Deamer 2, Petkovic 2, Pehlivan 1, Montgomery 1, Gut 1
GW Saves: Dillon 6
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