Men's Water Polo Splits at Princeton Invitational
Sept. 10, 2006
PRINCETON, NJ - The George Washington men's water polo team posted a 2-2 mark at the Princeton Invitational this weekend, capturing victories over Iona on Saturday and Fordham on Sunday afternoon.
GW (6-2) opened the four-game event with a 12-7 loss against eighth-ranked Pacific on Saturday. The Colonials trailed by only one goal at the half, 6-5, but surrendered six second-half goals to drop their first game of the season. Junior goalkeeper Chris Whittam continued his solid play, stopping a career-high 19 shots against the Tigers, while senior John Hornberger had a team-high four goals. Sophomore Gustavo Canto pitched in two tallies.
The Colonials rebounded in the evening session, defeating Iona, 13-6, for the second time in six days. GW controlled the game from the start and jumped to a three-goal lead after the first quarter and four-goal halftime cushion. Sophomore David Zenk led the attack with four goals, while freshman John-Claude Wright and Canto each provided hat tricks. Whittam turned away nine Gaels' shots.
GW dropped a 13-6 decision against 16th-ranked Princeton in both teams' Collegiate Water Polo Association opener on Sunday. The Colonials trailed 4-1 after the first period and 7-2 at the half en route to the loss. Hornberger scored two goals and Whittam made six saves.
In their final game against Fordham, the Colonials came out sluggish and trailed 4-2 after three quarters. GW stepped up the defensive pressure in the final period and outscored the Rams 4-2 over the final eight minutes to pull away for an 8-4 victory. Hornberger, Wright and rookie Nick Archambault notched two goals apiece, while Whittam registered four saves.
GW will face 20th-ranked Johns Hopkins in a CWPA league contest in Balitmore, MD, on Wednesday, September 20 at 8:00 pm.