GW Men's Water Polo Splits on Day One of CWPA Championship
Colonials Beat Hopkins, Fall to St. Francis
Nov. 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The George Washington men's water polo team split a pair of games on the first day of the CWPA Championship at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The ninth-seeded Colonials defeated No. 8 Johns Hopkins, 5-3, in a defensive battle before falling to top-seeded and 13th-ranked St. Francis, 14-6.
GW (15-14) will face fifth-seeded and 19th-ranked Brown on Saturday at 1:40 p.m.
Facing Johns Hopkins for the fourth time this season, GW posted one of its best defensive efforts of the year, holding the Blue Jays to just three goals - the fewest the Colonials have allowed since a 20-1 win over Penn State Behrend on Sept. 18 and the fewest Hopkins has scored since Sept. 5, 2009.
Senior Nate Little opened the scoring 42 seconds into the game, but the Blue Jays responded with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Bogdan Petkovic, who was later named Player of the Game, tied the score with 16 seconds left in the quarter, and neither team found the back of the cage in the second period as the game remained knotted at 2-2 at halftime.
GW junior Adam Wrobel ended the drought, scoring the first goal for either team in more than 10 minutes on a power play at the 6:09 mark of the third quarter to give the Colonials a 3-2 lead which they would not relinquish. Senior Daniel Tyner followed less than a minute later to put GW up by two before Hopkins' Matt Fraser scored what proved to be the Blue Jays' final goal of the game midway through the third quarter. The Colonials led, 4-3, after three.
Senior Paul Deasey tallied a man-up insurance goal with 2:51 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Colonials were able stop the Blue Jays on their final possessions to hold on for the 5-3 win.
"It was a great win, great defensive effort," said Head Coach Scott Reed. "We wanted to focus on controlling the offense and being consistent for four quarters, and that's what we did. That was the key."
Sophomore goalkeeper Connor Dillon had a big game in the cage, making 10 saves, including a stop on a five-meter shot in the first quarter. In addition, junior Brian Mojica dished out three assists in the match.
"Connor was a stud. That was the best he's played all season and it came at the right time," said Coach Reed. "He was absolutely phenomenal. He played with a lot of confidence and a lot of aggressiveness."
GW killed off all 10 of Johns Hopkins' power plays in the game while scoring on two of its four man-up opportunities.
A seven-goal first quarter for St. Francis, the defending CWPA champion, was the difference in the second game of the day. The Terriers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3:22 of play before junior Ridvan Pehlivan put the Colonials on the board for the first time at the 4:23 mark. St. Francis led, 7-2, after one period.
The remainder of the game was relatively even. Each team scored once in the second quarter as the Terriers led, 8-3, at halftime. A 2-1 third period gave St. Francis a 10-4 advantage after three, but they outscored the Colonials, 4-2, in the fourth for the 14-6 final score.
Pehlivan led the Colonials with four goals in the game, scoring once in each quarter, and he added an assist and three ejections drawn, while Petkovic and senior Adam Streeter also scored for GW. Dillon stopped four shots and added two steals.
GW 5, Johns Hopkins 3
GW Goals: Little, Petkovic, Wrobel, Tyner, Deasey
GW Assists: Mojica 3, Little
#13 St. Francis 14, GW 6
GW Goals: Pehlivan 4, Streeter, Petkovic
GW Assists: Pehlivan, Tyner, Mojica