PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- George Washington University converted on seven-of-12 man-up chances, including four in the first half, to build a 7-5 lead by intermission, as the Colonials outlasted Division III No. 8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 12-9, in the seventh place game of the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship hosted by Brown University.
The Colonials (16-15) never trailed in the game in opening up a 3-2 advantage by the conclusion of the first quarter and a 7-5 advantage by halftime before outscoring the Engineers (13-17) 5-4 in the second half to hang on for the victory.
Player of the Game Nate Little (Sr., Anaheim, Calif./Servite) started GW down the path to victory by spinning home a man-up tally with 6:24 left in the first quarter for a quick 1-0 lead. Kale Rogers (So., Newberg, Ore./Newberg) answered at even-strength for MIT 13 seconds later, but back-to-back scores by Paul Deasey (Sr., Wynnewood, Pa./The Haverford School) and Daniel Tyner (Sr., Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson Classical) at even-strength (4:09) and on a man-up chance (2:56), respectively, gave the Colonials a 3-1 lead.
MIT erased the margin by the 6:16 mark of the second quarter as Joe Kusters (So., Coronado, Calif./Coronado) notched an advantage score with 16 seconds left in the first quarter and Craig Cheney (Sr., Sherwood, Ore./Newberg) put away a natural goal with 6:16 left until halftime.
A man-up score from Adam Streeter (Sr., Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) at 5:46 and even-strength strikes from Little at 4:18 and 2:52 expanded the Colonials' lead to a three at 6-3, but Cheney (2:15) and Ory Tasman (So., Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) chopped the spread back to one (6-5) with winding down to the halftime horn.
George Washington struck one final time prior to the buzzer as Tyner turned his defender and torqued a man-up tally past MIT goalie Ian Zaun (Fr., Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) with 12 ticks left to give his team a 7-5 lead at intermission.
The Engineers closed to within at 4:16 of the third quarter as Cheney completed a hat-trick, but Adam Wrobel (Jr., La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) put in GW's fifth man-up score at 2:29 to return the lead to two at 8-6.
MIT and George Washington continued to exchange goals over the remainder of the quarter as the Engineers' Dylan Hallman (Jr., La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) and the Colonials' Bogdan Petkovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia/Sports) countered each other at 1:51 and 1:24, respectively, to make it a 9-7 game.
Down by two with the clock winding down to the final seconds of the third quarter, Jack Clark (Jr., Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) put MIT on the brink of completing another comeback and tying the game for the third time as he converted on an advantage chance with one second left to make it 9-8 in favor of George Washington entering the final eight minutes of action.
However, the first 5:30 of the fourth quarter exclusively belonged to GW as Little cashed in on a six-on-five opportunity (5:21), Rafi Castillo (Jr., Parkland, Fla./Saint Andrew's School) buried an even-strength shot (4:05) and Tyner swished a five-meter penalty shot (2:22) to increase the Colonials' lead to 12-8.
The margin proved too much for the Engineers to overcome as MIT mustered a successful penalty shot by Cheney at 2:12, but could not solve the GW defense again in falling by the 12-9 final score.
For George Washington, Little (four) and Tyner (three) combined for over half of their team's offensive output, while Petkovic, Wrobel, Streeter and Castillo each found the back of the cage once. In cage, Connor Dillon (So., Los Gatos, Calif./Menlo School) finished with nine saves to claim the victory.
On the other end of the tank, Cheney keyed MIT with four goals as six different Engineers registered scores. Zaun took the loss for the Engineers with eight saves in his first appearance of the championship weekend.
|George Washington University
|Division III No. 8 Massachusetts Institute of
MIT Goals: Craig
Cheney (4); Kale Rogers; Jack Clark; Ory Tasman; Joe Kusters; Dylan
GW Goals: Nate Little (4); Daniel Tyner (3); Paul Deasey; Bogdan Petkovic; Adam Wrobel; Adam Streeter; Rafi Castillo
Saves: MIT - Ian Zaun (8) ; GW - Connor Dillon (9)
Exclusions: MIT - 12 ; GW - 12
Advantage Opportunities: MIT - 3-for-12 ; GW - 7-for-12
Sprints: MIT - 2-for-4 (1st, 2nd) ; GW - 2-for-4 (3rd, 4th)
Cards: YC - GW (Daniel Tyner, 6:42 left in 3rd); RC - GW (Ridvan Pehlivan, 1:32 left in 4th); YC - GW (Head coach Scott Reed, 1:32 left in 4th)
Officials: Alex Stankevitch, Hadi Farid
George Washington University defends against MIT's Jack Clark (No. 12)