Men's Water Polo Sweeps at Princeton Invite
Colonials Upend 17th-Ranked Santa Clara for Second Straight Season
Sept. 9, 2007
PRINCETON, NJ - The George Washington men's water polo team opened the Princeton Invitational with a 9-8 overtime victory against nationally ranked Santa Clara on Saturday morning and rolled against Queens (NY), Fordham and Iona in its final three games to post a perfect 4-0 mark at the event.
Senior John Jennings scored the game-winning goal in overtime as GW (5-2) topped 17th-ranked Santa Clara in Saturday's opening game. The Colonials trailed by one goal after each of the first three quarters, but evened the game at 6-6 in the fourth period to force overtime. Senior goalkeeper Chris Whittam made seven saves, including a block on a penalty shot, to preserve the victory for GW. Jennings and sophomore John-Claude Wright each recorded hat tricks against the Broncos. GW defeated then No. 18 Santa Clara, 13-11, at last year's Navy Labor Day Open.
The Colonials cruised in Saturday's late game against Queens (NY), rolling to a 7-1 halftime lead en route to an 11-6 victory. Junior David Zenk netted three goals, followed by two goals each from Wright, redshirt junior Nick Eddy and sophomore Marshall Freedman. Whittam turned away five shots.
GW topped Fordham, 10-4, in Sunday's opener behind a hat trick from Eddy and 11 saves, including another penalty block, from Whittam. Wright and Jennings added two goals apiece as the Colonials exacted revenge on the Rams following a 12-4 season-opening loss at the Navy Labor Day Open.
The Colonials capped their undefeated Invitational record with a 15-11 victory over Iona on Sunday afternoon. Eddy scored five first-half goals, matching his career-high, to spark GW to a 9-8 halftime lead. The Colonials defense tightened in the third quarter, allowing just one goal while tallying five to open a 14-9 advantage. Whittam, who made eight saves against the Gaels, surrendered only a pair of fourth-quarter goals as GW coasted to its fourth straight win. Junior Gustavo Canto and Jennings pitched in two goals in the victory.
GW begins CWPA Southern Division play against Bucknell in Lewisburg, PA, Sunday at 12:00 pm.
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