Men's Water Polo Posts Pair of Victories at Navy Open

Sept. 2, 2006

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Senior John Hornberger led the potent George Washington men's water polo team's offense with a combined six goals as the Colonials cruised to victories against Gannon and MIT in the opening day of competition at the Navy Labor Day Open on Saturday.

GW (2-0) broke open a pair of close first-quarter contests by outscoring the Golden Knights and Engineers by a combined 10 goals in the second quarter en route to its first 2-0 start under eighth-year head coach Scott Reed. The Colonials used a 6-1 second-quarter run to coast to a 16-6 triumph versus Gannon at McDonough Hall on Saturday morning, then went on a 5-0 second-quarter spurt to ease past MIT, 15-3, at LeJeune Pool later in the afternoon.

"It was an excellent way to start the season," said Reed. "We played very solid for the first game of the season against Gannon, then just out-muscled and out-swam MIT. I'm very pleased. Now we have to get ready for nationally-ranked Santa Clara tomorrow morning."

Hornberger, a second team All-CWPA Southern Division pick last season, posted a hat trick in both games to lead GW's 31-goal outburst. Sophomore David Zenk also tallied three goals against the Golden Knights, while second-year performer Gustavo Canto and rookie John-Claude Wright registered hat tricks versus the Engineers. Wright also had a team-high five steals against MIT. Junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam totaled 12 saves in the two games, including seven stops against Gannon.

GW returns to LeJeune Pool at 9:10 am Sunday to battle 18th-ranked Santa Clara. The Colonials conclude play at the Navy Open against Iona at 12:40 pm at McDonough Hall.



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