GW Men's Water Polo Heads to #13 Bucknell
Colonials Visit Bison on Saturday in Southern Division Matchup
Oct. 8, 2015
WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's water polo team begins the second half of its CWPA Southern Division schedule on Saturday with a visit to No. 13 Bucknell. Game time from the Bison's Kinney Natatorium is set for 12 p.m.
GW (3-14, 0-4 Southern) fell to Navy, 18-14, on Wednesday evening at the Charles E. Smith Center. Trailing by eight heading into the fourth quarter, the Colonials rattled off five straight goals to start the final frame and outscored the Midshipmen, 7-2, in the period, but could not complete the comeback. Playing at home for the final time, senior Jonah Dowd matched his season high with five goals, including three during GW's comeback bid, and senior goalkeeper Connor Dillon recorded a career-best 16 saves.
Dowd has been on fire over the last week, recording 16 goals and 11 steals in his last six games with four hat tricks.
Sophomore Pierce Deamer paces the Colonials with 40 goals, 22 assists and 62 points this season, and he ranks second on the team in ejections drawn (27) and third in steals (20). Freshman Brett Else has recorded team highs of 33 steals and 35 ejections drawn to go with his 15 goals on the year.
Nearly 85 percent of the Colonials' 165 goals this season have been scored by freshmen or sophomores.
Dillon ranks fifth all-time at GW with 525 career saves. He leads a quartet of GW goalkeepers with 82 stops on the year, while freshman Matt Taylor has recorded a team-best .583 save percentage with 60 saves against 43 goals allowed.
Bucknell (8-3, 1-1 Southern) is a perfect 5-0 at home this season. The Bison have not played since opening Southern Division play with a split against GW and Johns Hopkins on Sept. 26. Two-time honorable mention All-American Stefan Aleksic enters the weekend as Bucknell's top goal scorer with 23, while Jeff Hagen leads the Bison with 31 ejections drawn to go with his 22 goals. Charlie Niehaus has played the majority of the goalkeeping minutes this season and boasts a .471 save percentage.
The Bison edged the Colonials, 14-12, in overtime on Sept. 26. Freshman James McLean notched a hat trick while Deamer tallied four points on two goals and two assists to pace GW offensively, and Taylor recorded 14 saves in the cage. Deamer has scored eight goals in four career games against Bucknell.
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