WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sophomore attack Daniel Tyner netted a career-high nine goals and the George Washington University men's water polo team edged Johns Hopkins University, 14-13, in Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Southern Division action at a raucous Charles E. Smith Center Saturday night.
Spurred on by a loud and boisterous crowd at Smith Center Pool, Tyner pumped in five second-half goals, including four after Johns Hopkins took a 9-8 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the third quarter, to lead GW to victory. He tied the contest at 9-9 with 39 seconds to play in the period, then added three goals in the opening 2:06 of the fourth quarter to help the Colonials to a 13-10 advantage.
The Blue Jays charged back behind goals from Ross Schofield and Kielan Crow to pull within 13-12 with 1:48 to play.
GW drew an ejection on its next possession and called timeout with 1:36 remaining. Sophomore Adam Streeter converted a skip shot nine seconds out of the stoppage for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Mark Strickland again drew the visitors within a goal with 63 seconds to play and the Blue Jays had an opportunity to force overtime, but Alex Whittam - the younger brother of former GW standout goalkeeper Chris Whittam ('07) - whistled a shot wide and the Colonials ran out the final 30 seconds.
GW, which improves to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the Southern Division, will host league foe Bucknell at Smith Center Pool Sunday at 12 p.m.
Johns Hopkins, which defeated No. 13 Princeton and Bucknell this weekend to start league play 2-0, falls to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in the Southern Division.
Tyner opened the scoring 89 seconds into the contest, but Hopkins responded by taking a 2-1 edge midway through the first quarter. GW answered back with a 6-1 run to close the half - including three goals from Tyner - to enjoy a 7-3 cushion at intermission. Junior goalkeeper Cameron Illes made eight of his 13 saves in the opening 16 minutes.
Schofield scored three of his team-high five goals in the third quarter as JHU briefly took a 9-8 lead, only to have Tyner take control and propel GW to its first win in the series since 2004 - a span of 18 games.
GW career goal-scoring leader and Athletic Hall of Fame member Glauco Souza ('93) owns the single-game goals record with 13 set against Fordham in 1992.
Release courtesy George Washington Athletic Communications