Colonials Earn First Victory of 2004
GW Defeats Iona, Loses to No. 18 Loyola Marymount on Day Two of Navy Open
Sept. 6, 2004
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Freshman Nick Eddy paced George Washington with three goals as the Colonials picked up their first win of 2004 with a, 10-6, decision against CWPA rival Iona on Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Navy Open. GW lost its first match of the day, 18-7, versus No. 8 Loyola Marymount, and finished the tournament with a 1-3 record.
With the Colonials leading Iona, 6-5, at the 2:56 mark of the third quarter, Eddy, who tallied four scores in two matches in his GW debut on Saturday, notched back-to-back goals to propel the Colonials to the triumph. GW also got two goals in the game from freshman John Jennings and sophomore John Hornberger. In all, six of the Colonials' 10 goals were scored by freshmen as newcomer Robert Cromer also notched a tally, the first of his career.
GW jumped out to an early, 1-0, lead on Hornberger's first goal of the game and led, 3-2, after the first quarter. The Colonials extended their advantage to four, 6-2, on the strength of a three-goal scoring spurt, capped off by Cromer's tally. The Gaels responded with a goal with 52 seconds left to play in the second period to make the score 6-3 at the break.
Iona notched the first two goals of the second half to whittle the Colonials' edge to one, 6-5, before Eddy's two scores gave GW an, 8-5, lead at the 1:52 mark of the third period. The Gaels pulled two within two, 8-6, with 1:22 left in the third quarter, but GW's defense held them scoreless the remainder of the contest to earn the, 10-6, victory.
In the Colonials' first mach of the day, versus No. 8 Loyola Marymount, GW fell behind early and never recovered. The Lions notched the game's first two goals to take a, 2-0, lead with 5:28 left in the first frame. Senior Srdan Randic made the score 2-1 with at 5:13, but Loyola Marymount scored the three of the game's next four goals to take a 5-2 advantage at the end of the first period. The Lions increased their lead in the second quarter, outscoring GW, 7-2, to take a commanding, 12-4, lead at intermission. Loyola Marymount held the Colonials without a tally in the third period and extended their advantage to 16-4 in the frame on its way to an 18-7 win.
Senior Nick Koenemann led GW with three goals against the Lions and junior goalkeeper Tom Mills made eight saves.
"The freshmen really stepped up big and contributed quite a bit this weekend," GW Head Coach Scott Reed said. "Despite our record, I think we made some good headway, and I'm excited about the rest of the season."
The Colonials return to action on Sunday, Sept. 12 with a match at league rival No. 12 Princeton. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.