PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Bogdan Petkovic (So., Belgrade, Serbia/Sports) scored once and grabbed a pair of steals in the decisive fourth quarter as George Washington University knocked off Johns Hopkins University, 5-3, in the opening game of the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Championship at Brown University.
The victory evens the season series between the Colonials (15-13) and the Blue Jays (19-10) as George Washington split with Johns Hopkins during the regular season and suffered a postseason loss at the Southern Division Championship hosted by the United States Naval Academy. George Washington, which claimed a 13-11 victory at home on September 28, fell to JHU 17-10 on the road (November 1) in Baltimore, Md. prior to dropping a 9-7 game in the Southern Division Championship Fifth Place Game (November 10) at Navy in Annapolis, Md., avenged its last loss to Hopkins which kept the team from earning one of five automatic berths to the championship from the Southern Division by keeping the Blue Jays grounded for much of the contest.
George Washington jumped on the board just 42 seconds into the game as Nate Little (Sr., Anaheim, Calif./Servite) came up big for the Colonials by sticking a ball past JHU goalie Erik Henrikson (So., Laguna Beach, Calif./Laguna Beach) to place his team into the lead at 1-0.
Following back-to-back ejections at the 6:54 and 6:51 marks to Brian Mojica (Jr., Cerritos, Calif./Long Beach Polytechnic) and Adam Wrobel (Jr., La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) which Hopkins was unable to cash in on, the Blue Jays evened the damage at one-all five seconds following the end of Wrobel's exclusion when Wes Hopkins (Jr., Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) split the Colonials' defense and buried a sinking shot past GW goalie Connor Dillon (So., Los Gatos, Calif./Menlo School) with 6:26 on the clock.
The tie lasted for 42 seconds prior to Johns Hopkins going in front with 5:44 until the conclusion of the quarter when Kevin Yee (So., Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) put away a shot.
Neither team found the back of the cage again until Petkovic slipped around his defender, collected the ball and rifled a laser into the side of the cage with 16 ticks on the clock to make it two-all at the conclusion of the opening quarter.
Following a scoreless second quarter, George Washington went back in front with 6:09 left in the third quarter as Adam Wrobel (Jr., La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) swished a man-up tally following the exclusion of Hopkins' Matt Fraser (Fr., Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) at 6:21.
The margin expanded to 4-2 at 5:13 when Daniel Tyner (Sr., Long Beach, Calif./Woodrow Wilson Classical) lobbed home a marker at even-strength, but Fraser dented the twine at 4:07 to move the Blue Jays with 4-3 and set up a climatic fourth quarter of play.
In a back-and-forth final period which saw the Blue Jays gain a man-up chance at 4:00 with a bid to pull even with George Washington and the Colonials acquire a six-on-five opportunity at 3:12 with an opportunity to bury Johns Hopkins, neither squad was able to cash in on their chances to keep the game at a single goal for the first five minutes of the final frame.
George Washington acquired an insurance strike for the back-breaker with 2:51 to go in the game as Paul Deasey (Sr., Wynnewood, Pa./The Haverford School) chipped in the Colonials' second man-up score for the 5-3 final.
An argument can be made that the Player of the Game was Dillon as the sophomore netminder turned aside 10 shots, including four in the fourth quarter to keep JHU at bay, while chipping in a pair of steals to allow his team to survive a defensive struggle against the Blue Jays.
Across the tank, Henrikson notched a game high 11 stops in suffering the loss.
Courtesy the win, GW advances to a 3:20 p.m. quarterfinal showdown with No. 13-ranked/Northern Division Champion Saint Francis College Brooklyn with the opportunity to claim a spot in the championship semifinals. It will mark the first meeting of the year between the Coloninals and Terriers
Hopkins will continue the tournament at 11:00 a..m. on Saturday, November 23, against the fallen from a first round game pitting Northern Division Third Place finisher/No. 19 Brown versus Northern Division sixth place finisher Fordham University with a berth in the ninth place game on the line.
|George Washington University
|Division III No. 2 Johns Hopkins
JHU Goals: Kevin
Yee; Wes Hopkins; Matt Fraser
GW Goals: Bogdan
Petkovic; Daniel Tyner; Paul Deasey; Adam Wrobel; Nate
Saves: JHU - Erik Henriskon (11) ; GW - Connor Dillon (10)
Steals: JHU - 10 (Thomas de Lyon (2); Wes Hopkins (2); Matt Fraser (2); Langdon Froomer; Garrett Davidson; Stephen Kingery; Erik Henrikson) ; GW - 5 (Rafi Castillo (2); Daniel Tyner; Connor Dillon; Brian Mojica)
Exclusions: JHU - 4 ; GW - 10
Advantage Opportunities: JHU - 0-for-10 ; GW - 2-for-4
Sprints: JHU - 3-for-4 (1st, 2nd, 3rd) ; GW - 1-for-4 (4th)
Cards: JHU - None ; GW - YC (Brian Mojica, 1:28 left in 1st)
Officials: Alex Stankevitch, Val Vasilchikov
Johns Hopkins University
goalie Erik Henrikson makes a save against George Washington