Men's Water Polo Splits at Navy Open

Sept. 10, 2002

ANNAPOLIS, MD - George Washington men's water polo opened their season with a good showing at the Navy Open, taking two of four matches in their first action of the year.

The Colonials (2-2) faced Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their first match on Friday, September 7. The Engineers built an early lead, outscoring GW 7-4 after two quarters. The Colonials were unable to catch MIT, dropping their season opener, 11-5. Freshman driver Anthony Guadagni made an immediate impact, leading the team with two goals for the match.

GW took on a tough University of Puerto Rico team in their second match of the day, battling them to 16-9 decision. The Colonials stayed within striking distance even though UPR jumped out to a 6-3 lead at the half. However, a six-goal outburst by UPR in the third quarter put the match essentially out of reach. Junior Jason Grimes netted three scores in the losing effort.

GW rebounded in their Saturday matches, taking both games on September 8. The Colonials came back from a 6-5 deficit after three quarters to take the lead over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and their first victory of the season, 8-7. Grimes paced GW with three more scores on the match.

In their final game of the tournament, the Colonials faced Salem International University. GW fell behind after holding a 1-0 lead after one quarter, as the Tigers outscored the Colonials 3-0 in the second period. GW returned the favor in the third quarter, taking a 5-3 lead after outscoring Salem 4-0. The two-goal margin would hold, as both teams netted three goals in the final period, giving GW an 8-6 victory. Sophomore newcomer Nicholas Koenemann scored four goals to lead GW versus the Tigers.

GW returns to action on September 21, as they begin Collegiate Water Polo Association play versus Bucknell at 1:00 p.m. and Princeton at 6:00 p.m.



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