Colonials Lose Twice on First Day of Navy Open
Sept. 4, 2004
ANNAPOLIS, MD -
The George Washington men's water polo team went 0-2 on the first day of competition at the Navy Open on Saturday, Sept. 4. GW lost to No. 15 St. Francis (NY), 16-9, and fell to Division III UC-Santa Cruz, 8-6.
Senior co-captain Nick Koenemann led the Colonials with five goals in the two matches, and freshman Nick Eddy notched four goals in his GW debut.
Against St. Francis (NY), the Colonials fell behind, 5-0, before Eddy's first career tally got GW on the scoreboard with 1:30 left in the first period. The Terriers' extended their advantage to 10-2, scoring five of game's next six goals, but the Colonials closed the first half on a three-goal run to make the score 10-5 at intermission.
In the third quarter, the two teams traded goals until junior Jonathan Lo's first tally of 2004 pulled the Colonials within four, 12-8, with 34 seconds left in the period. However, that was as close as the Colonials would get as St. Francis (NY) notched four of the match's last five goals to produce the final margin.
Koenemann finished with a game-high three goals and Eddy and senior co-captain Srdan Randic scored two goals each. Freshman goalie Chris Whittam made his first career start in the match and made a game-high seven saves.
In GW's second match of the day, versus UC-Santa Cruz, the Colonials held a 2-1 lead at the half. The two teams entered the fourth period tied 4-4, but the Slugs used a 4-2 run in the final quarter to earn a two-goal victory, 8-6.
Koenemann and Eddy paced the Colonials again, recording two scores each, while Whittam again notched a game-best seven saves.
George Washington will play two matches in the Navy Open on Sunday, Sept. 5. The Colonials' first contest is at 12:05 p.m. versus No. 8 Loyola Marymount. GW will also battle CWPA conference rival Iona at the 3:20 p.m.