No. 18 Men's Water Polo Goes 1-1 on Final Day of Navy Open
Colonials Defeat MIT After Being Upset by Mercyhurst
Sept. 7, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, MD - The 18th-ranked George Washington men's water polo team defeated MIT, 7-5, in its final contest of the Navy Open Sunday. The Colonials were upset by Mercyhurst, 11-10, in Sunday's opening game and split its four contests at the Navy Open.
GW (2-2) came out flat against Mercyhurst, falling behind 6-5 at halftime and 9-6 during the third quarter. The Colonials rallied and managed to tie the game at 10-10 with 1:08 remaining, but the Lakers were able to draw and convert a penalty shot with six seconds left for the upset.
Sophomore Nick Yeager led GW with four goals, while junior Nick Archambault added three goals. Redshirt senior Nick Eddy had two goals and senior David Zenk had five assists. Rookie goalkeeper Alex Sotolongo made five saves.
GW stepped up its defense in the victory over MIT late Sunday, limiting the Engineers to a pair of second-half goals after being tied, 3-3, at halftime. Junior Marshall Freedman and freshman Cray Rogers netted two goals apiece to lead the Colonials, followed by one goal each from Zenk, Yeager and senior Sergei Shev. Freshman goalkeeper Craig Merlin turned in solid performance in his collegiate debut and finished with 10 saves.
GW faces a tough test at next weekend's Princeton Invitational, facing CWPA Southern Division rival Bucknell and nationally ranked programs UC-San Diego and Santa Clara before rounding out the event against Iona. The Colonials open against the Bison Saturday at 9:00 am.
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