GW Splits Two Matches On First Day of Navy Open

Sept. 4, 2005

ANNAPOLIS, MD - The GW men's water polo team (1-1) split its opening two matches on the first day of the Navy Open on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Colonials lost their first game of the tournament, 14-7, to No. 12 Pacific, but rebounded to earn their first win of the year, 12-2, over Penn State Behrend in their final match of the day.

Freshman David Zenk made his collegiate debut by scoring five goals, notching 13 steals, and tallying four assists in the two games. Zenk scored twice against Pacific and led GW with three scores in its triumph over Penn State Behrend. Freshman Sergei Shev also had a successful collegiate debut, registering two goals versus Pacific.

Against the nationally-ranked Tigers, the Colonials fell behind 7-4 at halftime and Pacific outscored GW 7-3 over the next quarters to produce the final score. Senior Jonathan Lo and juniors John Hornberger and Julian Price also had goals in the match. Sophomore Chris Whittam earned the start in the cage and made three saves.

Versus Division III Penn State Behrend, the Colonials started fast, jumping out to a 6-1 lead at the half. They extended their margin to eight, 10-2, after three quarters and cruised to a 12-2 win. Senior captain Tom Mills made seven saves in goal to pick up the win.

GW will complete play at the Navy Open on Sunday, Sept. 4. The Colonials will meet Iona at 12:30 p.m. and square off against No. 12 Saint Francis (NY) at 5:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Naval Academy's Lejeune Pool.



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