Seniors Lead GW Men's Water Polo to 12-9 Win Over MIT in Finale
Colonials Place Seventh at CWPA Championship
Nov. 24, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Playing in the final game of their collegiate careers, the four seniors on the George Washington men's water polo team combined to score nine goals, including all seven in the first half, as the Colonials defeated MIT, 12-9, on Sunday afternoon to take seventh place at the CWPA Championship.
GW finishes its season with a 16-15 overall record, posting the program's first winning season since 2006 and its most victories since winning 18 games in 1998.
The ninth-seeded Colonials never trailed in the game as senior Nate Little opened the scoring at the 6:24 mark. Tenth-seeded MIT tied it 13 seconds later, but back-to-back goals by seniors Paul Deasey and Daniel Tyner gave GW a 3-1 lead. The Engineers scored on a power play with 16 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 3-2 after one.
After MIT knotted the score at 3-3 early in the second period, senior Adam Streeter joined his classmates in the scoring column to give the Colonials the lead for good at the 5:46 mark. Little followed with two in a row to give GW a three-goal lead, 6-3, with 2:52 left in the half, but the Engineers answered with consecutive scores of their own to pull within one. Tyner's second man-up goal of the game with 12 seconds to go gave the Colonials a 7-5 lead at the break.
The teams alternated goals in the third quarter, with MIT holding a slight 3-2 edge to cut its deficit to one, 9-8, but GW scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to open a game-high four-goal lead, 12-8, with 2:22 remaining. The Engineers found the back of the cage with 2:12 to play but could not score again as the Colonials picked up the 12-9 victory.
Little was named the Player of the Game after scoring a team-high four goals, while Tyner tallied five points on three goals and two assists to go with three steals, five ejections drawn and a penalty drawn. Junior Brian Mojica recorded three assists, four steals and a field block, and junior Rafi Castillo added a goal, two assists and two steals. Sophomore goalie Connor Dillon made six saves in the cage.
The Colonials scored on six of their seven extra-man opportunities in the game.
GW 12, MIT 9
GW Goals: Little 4, Tyner 3, Deasey, Streeter, Wrobel, Petkovic, Castillo
GW Assists: Mojica 3, Tyner 2, Castillo 2, Petkovic, Dillon