No. 13 St. Francis College Brooklyn Terriers Take Down George Washington University, 14-6, to Reach Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship Semifinals
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Vuk Vujosevic (Jr., Belgrade, Serbia/Milos Crnjanski) scored five times and Igor Mladenovic (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia/Sportska Gimnazija) stopped 10 shots as the No. 13-ranked Terriers of St. Francis College Brooklyn got by George Washington University, 14-6, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship at Brown University.
The win advances St. Francis Brooklyn (20-10) to a semifinal match-up at 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, against the winner of a quarterfinal meeting between the host/No. 19-ranked Bears of Brown and No. 20 Bucknell University.
A showdown with Brown will be nothing new for the Terriers as St. Francis is 4-0 against the Bears (11-9 W, 16-15 W, 10-9 W, 10-7 W), while the squad has yet to meet Bucknell this season.
St. Francis never trailed against George Washington (15-14) as Bosko Stankovic (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia/Sport Gymnasium) netted a score 25 seconds into the game to put the Terriers in font for good. Lazar Komadinic (Sr., Belgrade, Serbia) tallied back-to-back goals with 7:05 and 6:22 on the clock to make it 3-0, before Vujosevic registered a man-up strike at 4:38 to make it 4-0.
GW's Ridvan Pehlivan (Jr., Istanbul, Turkey/Enka School) broke up the Terriers' shutout bid 15 seconds after Komadinic's extra-man strike by beating Northern Division Player of the Year Mladenovic with 4:23 left in the quarter. However, Marko Dzigurski (Sr., Novi Becej, Serbia/Sredna Skola Novi Becej) got the goal back 14 seconds later by uncorking a rising shot that Colonials' netminder Connor Dillon (So., Los Gatos, Calif./Menlo School) was unable to stop for a 5-1 goal with 4:09 on the clock.
Adam Streeter (Sr., Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) trimmed the lead down to 5-2 with a man-up score at 2:51, but St. Francis finished out the period with a successful six-on-five try by Ilija Djuretic (Fr., Belgrade, Serbia) and a natural score by Vujosevic at 2:23 and 1:45, respectively, to place the Terriers in front 7-2 at the conclusion of the first quarter.
Both teams found the back of the cage in the second quarter for solo markers as Stankovic (6:53) and Pehlivan (1:23) exhanged markers to make it 8-3 by halftime.
George Washington and St. Francis had chances to pull closer or blow the game open to start the second half as the Colonials had back-to-back ejection (7:14) and penalty shot (7:04) chances, while St. Francis claimed a rare six-on-four at 6:46 when Nate Little (Sr., Anaheim, Calif./Servite) and Paul Deasey (Sr., Wynnewood, Pa./The Haverford School) went to the corner with 6:47 and 6:46 on the clock, respectively.
Liam Veazey (So., Dallas, Texas/Bryan Adams) took advantage of the two-man advantage to rock the cage with a rocket at the 6:37 mark to make it 9-3. Vujosevic followed with an even-strength tally at 4:26 to expand the margin to 10-3, before Pehlivan chipped one goal off the lead with 3:22 to go in the third quarter to make it 10-4 entering the fourth quarter of action.
Vujosevic expanded the margin to 11-5 with a man-up goal at the 5:51 mark of the fourth quarter, but Pehlivan answered with a natural score at 5:11 to return the spread to six at 11-5.
St. Francis put any doubts regarding a potential GW comeback to rest with a successful five-meter penalty shot by Balint Toth (Jr., Budapest, Hungary/Kolcsey Ferenc Gimnazium) at 4:47 followed by Vujosevic's final marker of the day at 4:19 to make it 13-5.
The Colonials and Terriers exchanged man-up blows to close out the contest as Bogdan Petkovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia/Sports) netted a six-on-five goal for George Washington (2:09) and Komadinic responded with 31 seconds to go for St. Francis to set the 14-6 final score.
For St. Francis, Komadinic joined Vujosevic in posting a hat-trick, while Stankovc chipped in a pair of tallies to account for the Terriers' multi-goal scorers.
In cage, Mladenovic stopped 10 shots to move the defending league champion Terriers one stop closer to joining Yale University (1972-74), Bucknell (1977-80), Brown (1983-85), the United States Naval Academy (1986-88, 2006-08) and the University of Massachusetts (1993-96, 1998-99) as the only programs in league history to claim back-to-back crowns.
Pehlivan led George Washington on offense with four goals, while Dillon stopped six shots in suffering the loss.
Pehlivan, Dillon and the rest of the Colonials will continue the tournament at 1:40 p.m. against the loser of the Brown-Bucknell clash with a berth in the fifth place game on the line.
|George Washington University
|No. 13 St. Francis College Brooklyn
Vuk Vujosevic (5); Lazar Komadinic (3); Bosko Stankovic (2); Balint
Toth; Ilija Duretic; Liam Veazey; Marko Dzigurski
GW Goals: Ridvan
Pehlivan (4); Adam Streeter; Bogdan Petkovic
Saves: SFC - Igor Mladenovic (10) ; GW - Connor Dillon (6)
Exclusions: SFC - 11 ; GW - 9
Advantage Opportunities: SFC - 6-for-9 ; GW - 2-for-11
Sprints: SFC - 4-for-4 ; GW - 0-for-4
Officials: Val Vasilchikov, Hadi Farid
St. Francis College Brooklyn's Liam Veazey (No. 11) defends against George Washington University