ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The George Washington University men's water polo team scored 14 unanswered goals over the final three quarters to rout Pennsylvania State University-Behrend College, 18-1, for its first victory of the 2011 season Saturday at the Navy Labor Day Open. The Colonials opened with a 16-7 loss against the No. 20-ranked Concordia University (Calif.) Eagles, who went on to upset defending Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern champion No. 11 St. Francis (N.Y.) later in the day.
Sophomore Daniel Tyner scored a hat trick in each contest and classmate Nate Little netted a trio of goals against the Lions to pace the offense. Freshman Brian Mojica chipped in a goal and game-high four assists to help GW (1-1) against PSB at Navy's Scott Natatorium.
Leading 4-1 after a quarter, the Colonials scored five straight goals in the second quarter to lead 9-1 at halftime, then added six third-period strikes and another three over the final eight minutes to cruise against the Lions. Along with the efforts of Tyner, Little and Mojica, GW got two goals each from junior John Paul Bezerra and freshmen Lance Leung, Ridvan Pehlivan and Nick Scherma. Junior Guy Helman, sophomore Paul Deasey and rookie Benjamin Krigel scored a goal apiece.
The Colonials' defense finished with 18 steals and kept the Lions away from goalkeepers Cameron Illes and Sean Joyce. Illes made three saves and Joyce one in split time in net.
The first and third quarters proved to be the difference in GW's season-opening loss to Concordia at Lejeune Hall on Saturday morning. The Colonials were outscored 4-0 over the opening eight minutes and 4-1 in the third period en route to the 16-7 defeat. Bezerra, Deasey, Pehlivan and sophomore Adam Streeter supported Tyner's hat trick with a goal apiece. Illes made eight saves and GW converted a penalty shot and 6-of-9 man-up opportunities, but couldn't keep pace with the Eagles at even strength.
Release courtesy George Washington Athletic Communications