Men's Water Polo Takes One of Three at Navy Labor Day Open

Sept. 3, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The George Washington men's water polo team opened the 2007 season with a 17-7 victory over Penn State Behrend on Saturday at the first day of competition at the Navy Labor Day Open. GW finished 1-2 at the annual event, dropping games to Fordham and No. 13 Pacific.

Sophomore driver John-Claude Wright tallied a career-high five goals to spark the Colonials to the 10-goal rout of the Lions in the second of two games on Saturday. Redshirt junior Nick Eddy, sophomore Rick Rogers and freshman Nick Yeager added two goals apiece as GW jumped on top 6-1 after the first quarter. Seniors goalkeeping tandem Chris Whittam (five) and Justin Licht (seven) combined for 12 saves.

GW fell to Fordham 12-4 in its season-opener early Saturday. Wright, Yeager, junior David Zenk and senior John Jennings netted goals against the Rams.

The Colonials carried over their strong play from the Penn State Behrend game into Sunday morning's opener against No. 13 Pacific. GW fell behind 5-2 after the first quarter, but battled back to tie the game at 10-10 with 2:34 left in the third period. The Tigers tallied three consecutive goals late in the fourth quarter to take a 17-13 lead. The Colonials rallied with two goals in the final minutes, but couldn't complete the comeback. Wright netted four goals, followed by a hat trick from Zenk and two goals each from Eddy and junior Gustavo Canto. Whittam made 12 stops in net.

The men's water polo team is back in action at this weekend's Princeton Invitational in Princeton, NJ. GW will take on No. 16 Santa Clara at 11:20 am Saturday, followed by a meeting with Queens (NY) at 6:20 pm. GW topped then 18th-ranked Santa Clara 13-11 at last year's Navy Labor Day Open. On Sunday, the Colonials have a rematch against Fordham at 10:50 am, followed by a battle with Iona at 2:20 pm.



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