GW Men's Water Polo to Play for Seventh at CWPA Championship
GW Falls to Rival Bucknell; Will Face Harvard in 2014 Finale
Nov. 22, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - GW men's water polo held a one-goal lead entering the fourth quarter, but No. 13 Bucknell rallied to defeat the Colonials, 10-7, in a consolation round match of the CWPA Championship at Navy's Lejeune Hall on Saturday.
Eighth-seeded GW (13-14) will face Northern Division runner-up and 18th-ranked Harvard (21-10) in the seventh-place game at Lejeune Hall on Sunday at 11:40 a.m. The Colonials will look to match last season's seventh-place finish at the conference championship tournament.
The Colonials held a 6-5 advantage through 24 minutes of play, but the Bison tallied the first three goals of the final period and added two insurance goals after Ridvan Pehlivan's second goal of the game pulled GW within 8-7 with 4:47 to play.
GW had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on goals from Pehlivan and freshman Pierce Deamer before Bucknell (16-9) tied the contest at 2-2 after a quarter. Senior Brian Mojica and junior Bogdan Petkovic added tallies in the second stanza, but the Bison netted three goals in the period to take a 5-4 advantage into halftime.
Deamer netted the only two goals of the third quarter - an even-strength tally on an assist from Petkovic to knot the match at the 4:08 mark, then a go-ahead power-play goal with 39 seconds left in the stanza - as GW blanked BU to grab a 6-5 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
Bucknell seized the momentum with three goals in the opening 3:03 of the final quarter to take the first multi-goal lead of the contest at 8-6. Pehlivan made it 8-7 at the 4:47 mark, but the Bison responded 40 seconds later and tacked on their final score with 2:54 remaining.
Deamer led GW with four points on a hat trick and an assist, while Pehlivan (2g) and Petkovic (1g/1a) chipped in two points apiece. Mojica finished with a goal, and senior Matthew Williams provided an assist.
Junior goalkeeper Connor Dillon made 10 saves on BU's 30 shot attempts, while counterpart Keegan Williams stopped six of GW's 21 shots. The Colonials converted 1-of-6 power-play chances, while the Bison were successful on 4-of-14.
Bucknell was paced by Grant Curry (3g) and Stefan Aleksic (2g/2a), who both scored twice in the decisive fourth quarter.
Bucknell 10, GW 7
GW - 2-2-2-1--7
BU - 2-3-0-5--10
GW Goals: Deamer 3, Pehlivan 2, Petkovic 1, Mojica 1
GW Assists: Deamer 1, Petkovic 1, Williams 1
GW Saves: Dillon 10
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